Tiffany, born Tiffany Renee Darwish, becomes known as a teen pop sensation from the late 1980s who launched her career with a tour of America's malls. Her self titled debut album, “Tiffany” (1987), topped the Billboard 200 in early 1988 and sold over four million units in the US only, thanks largely to the No. 1 hit singles “I Think We're Alone Now” and “Could've Been.” The album also produced the Top 10 hit “I Saw Him Standing There.” Her second album, “Hold an Old Friend's Hand” (1988), did earn platinum status although it failed to repeat the success of her debut. The single “All This Time” became her fourth and last top 10 hit single in the US. Tiffany released two albums in 1990s called “ New Inside” (1990) and the Asia-exclusive “Dreams Never Die” (1993), but they both failed to raised significant interest. She made a comeback in 2000 with “The Color of Silence,” which earned some very favorable reviews, but did not achieve commercial success to match the critical welcome. Tiffany has since released three more full length albums: “Dust Off and Dance” (2005), “Just Me” (2007) and “Rose Tattoo” (2011). Apart from being a singer, Tiffany also has acted in several films and TV shows.
Tiffany has been married twice. Her first marriage to Bulmaro Garcia (from 1992 to 2003) produced one son, Elijah Bulmaro Garcia. She is currently married to Benn George. Tiffany is a big fan of “Law & Order” and is a supporter of Gay Rights.
Childhood and Family:
Tiffany Renee Darwish, who would later simply known as Tiffany, was born on October 2, 1971, in Norwalk, California. Her father, James Robert Darwish, is of Lebanese and Syrian descent, while her mother, Janie Wilson, is of mostly Irish and some distant Cherokee descent. Her parents divorced when she was a little child. Her mother was later remarried to Dan Williams, giving Tiffany two half sisters, Falicia Williams (born in 1979) and Charessa Williams (born in 1983). She graduated from Leffingwell Christian High School in Norwalk, California in 1989. Tiffany's nickname is Tiff.
On April 4, 1992, Tiffany married make-up artist Bulmaro Garcia. She gave birth to the couple son's, Elijah Bulmaro Garcia, on September 17, 1992. They divorced later in 2003. Tiffany married her second husband, Benn George, a Briton, on August 4, 2004.
I Think We're Alone Now
Tiffany started singing when she was a young, making her debut with country music singer Jack Reeves at a country and western spot named Narods in Chino, California, in 1981. It was while singing at a Los Angeles club, El Palomino, that she was discovered by country music veterans Hoyt and Mae Axton, who then took her to sing in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1982, Tiffany toured several cities in Alaska, in addition to serving as an opening act for George Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis in Texas. With the hope of landing a record contract, she also recorded several demos during this period. Her efforts paid off in 1984 when producer George Tobin, who heard a demo tape of hers, signed Tiffany to a recording contract. In the following year, she performed on “Star Search,” where she became second place finalist.
In 1986, Tiffany signed a contract that gave Tobin absolute control over her career, which later led to conflicts between Tobin and Tiffany's family. It was not long before Tobin landed her a record contract with MCA. Her debut album, “Tiffany,” was launched on September 15, 1987, with Tobin as producer. The first single “Danny” failed to chart. Following this, Tiffany was sent on a “shopping mall tour” which was called “The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87” as a refreshing means of promoting both the album and the artist. Her tour included performances in various malls across the United States.
Released on November 10, 1987, the second single, a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells' hit, “I Think We're Alone Now,” spent two weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and three weeks at No.1 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also topped the singles charts in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa as well as made it to the top 10 in Netherlands, French, Italy, Norway and Swiss. Following the success of the single, she graced the covers of teen magazines, such as Teen Beat” and “Tiger Beat.” The third single “Could've Been” became Tiffany's second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The slow ballad also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary as well as many countries all over the world, including Canada and Ireland. In the UK, the song peaked at No. 4. The follow up “I Saw Him Standing There,” a rendition of the Lennon/McCartney standard “I Saw Her Standing There,” was another hit for the singer. The song made it to the Top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (#7) and the UK singles chart (#8). The fifth and final single “Feelings of Forever” (released in June 1988) was a minor success in the US and the UK, where it peaked at No. 50 and No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, respectively.
Thanks to the success of “I Think We're Alone Now” and “Could've Been,” “Tiffany” rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the post for two weeks between January 23 to February 5, 1988. The album was eventually certified four platinum by the RIAA. “Tiffany” also reached No. 1 in Canada, No. 5 in the UK, where it went gold status, and Japan, and No. 13 in Norway.
In 1988, at the height of her popularity, Tiffany became the object of a battle between her manager George Tobin and her mother and stepdaughter of control of her career and income, which eventually led to a legal fight. Because of disagreements with her mother, Tiffany attempted to have herself declared an emancipated minor, but was disapproved by court. Her grandmother, who supported and sided with Tiffany during the trial, was appointed guardian of her until she became of age.
These legal battles were not without cost. Tiffany's second album, “Hold an Old Friend's Hand” (released on October 21, 1988) failed to achieve the same level of success of its predecessor, though it managed to get platinum certification from the RIAA. The album peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and No. 56 on the UK Albums chart. The lead single, a mid tempo ballad called “All This Time” (1988) reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary. The song would become her fourth and final top 10 hit in the United States. The second single “Radio Romance” (1989) made the Top 40 in the US and managed to become a respectable hit in the UK, where it reached No. 13. She performed the song on the “Mickey Mouse Club” and the “The Arsenio Hall Show” to promote the single. The title track “Hold an Old Friend's Hand,” previously performed by Tracy Nelson in 1974, made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (#37). “It's the Lover (Not the Love)” failed to chart on any major chart, and it became her last single in the US.
1988 also saw Tiffany sign to provide the voice of Judy Jetson for “Jetsons: The Movie,” which was finally released in 1990 after postponements. She also sang three songs on the soundtrack, including the single “"I Always Thought I'd See You Again.”
Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, in 1989, Tiffany parted ways with Tobin's management and signed with Dick Scott and Kim Glover, who managed a then very successful teen pop group, New Kids on the Block. On October 2, 1990, Tiffany released her third album, “New Inside,” which showed a departure from her dance-pop sound to harder edged rock and rap. The album received mixed reviews from critics and failed to make the charts despite her promotion in several TV shows. The three singles released from the album: “New Inside” ( August 28, 1990), “Here In My Heart” (January 8, 1991)a nd “Back In The Groove” (April 1991), were also failures. In 1991, Tiffany participated in the recording of the song “Voices That Care,” which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On November 21, 1993, Tiffany made a comeback attempt with the release of “Dreams Never Die,” a reunion album with George Tobin, in Asia. The album was not a success, and she broke up with Tobin again. Tiffany then moved to Nashville and tried her luck in the country music industry. However, she found no success, and by 2000, she had made a comeback to pop music.
“The Color of Silence,” Tiffany's fifth studio album and her first since 1993, was launched on November 7, 2000 through Eureka Records, and was produced by Tim Feehan. The album received some very favorable reviews, but did not achieve commercial success. Two singles were releases from the album (“I'm Not Sleeping” and “Open My Eyes”) but none charted.
In April 2002, Tiffany appeared naked in the Playboy magazine. On posing for “Playboy,” she said, “I became aware that the world still views me as the 15-year old performer I once was, I view my appearance in Playboy as the first step in presenting myself to the world as I am.”
Three years later, she released the album “ Dust Off And Dance” independently via CDBaby site. It represented a departure from the styles she has used in earlier albums to electronica or dance music. spawned two singles, “Be with U Tonite” and “Na Na Na.” In September 2006, “ Dust Off And Dance” was nominated for six JPF Awards. She won for Best Dance Song of the Year for “Be With U Tonite” and Best Sance CD of the Year.
In 2007, Tiffany was cast for the fifth season of VH1's “Celebrity Fit Club,” which premiered on April 22, 2007. During the show, she lost a total of 28 lbs (from 152 lb to 124 lbs to). Later that same year, on June 5, 2007, Tiffany released her seventh album, “Just Me,” through 10 Spot records, a new division of Water Music Records Group, distributed by Universal Music Group. The first single from the album, “Feels Like Love,” was released on May 1, 2007. In August 2007, Tiffany released a dance single called “Higher,” which was not featured on the album. The single debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart , making it her first Billboard chart appearance since 1989. The single reached its peak at No. 19. In July 2008, Tiffany released a new dance song, “Just Another Day.” the single reached No. 28 n the the U.S. Billboard dance charts.
On January 14, 2011, Tiffany released her first country single, “Serpentine,” on iTunes. She co-wrote the song with Chris Donohue. It was followed by the release of her first country album, “Rose Tattoo,” on March 1, 2011 on Only The Girl Inc. Productions label. It was produced by Chris Roberts.
Since her debut in “Jetsons: The Movie” (1990), Tiffany has collected several more acting credits. She guest starred in “Out of This World” (1990), “That '80s Show” (2002, as Candy), “How I Met Your Mother” (2008, as Catholic School Girl ) and “The Young and the Restless” (2008, as Christmas Caroler). She also appeared in such films as “Death and Texas” (2004), “The Isolationist” (2008, short) and “Necrosis” (2009). In 2010, she starred as Sarah Monroe in the made for TV film “Mega Piranha,” opposite Paul Logan and Barry Williams. Recently, in 2011, she was cast as Terry O'Hara in the made for TV film “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” directed by Mary Lambert.