Tara Reid (born 8 November 1975) is an American actress. Tara Reid was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey to Donna and Tom Reid, both of whom are teachers. Reid has Irish, English, Hungarian, French and Italian ancestry. She has starred in American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).
Reid began her career at the age of six in 1982 on the short-lived game show, Child’s Play. As a child, she had roles in a number of commercials for McDonald’s, Crayola, and Jell-O. She grew up in New York City, and attended the Professional Children’s School alongside such celebrities as Ben Taylor, Jerry O’Connell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Macaulay Culkin. Although her breakthrough role was in American Pie in 1999, followers of the 1998 cult film, The Big Lebowski, already knew her as Bunny Lebowski.
Reid spent the late 1990s appearing more often on the cover of tabloid magazines than on screen. Her extroverted social life soon gave her a reputation as a party girl; in fact, U.S. magazine In Touch Weekly, recently voted Reid “top party animal”. She has appeared as J.D.’s (Zach Braff) girlfriend in the NBC comedy Scrubs. Her initial appearance on the show was regarded by critics as largely bland with her character lacking any of the charisma of the other characters in the show as well as Reid herself. When the script called for Reid to return to the show the writers re-wrote her character as a promiscuous party girl, a tongue in cheek parody of Reid’s own public personna.
Taradise, her half-hour television show on the E! network, premiered in September 2005; it was cancelled the following month. The show was an updated incarnation of E!’s popular series Wild On, where a celebrity host or model traveled to exotic locations to party with locals. Previously during Summer 2005, she was busy shooting Incubus in Romania at an assortment of clubs with Bucharest’s local socialites.She is said to have had a torrid love affair with American super model Nick Corley.