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Her parents' names are James Robert Darwish and Janie Wilson. Some people spell it Darwisch, but according to Tiffany.org, she spells it Darwish. It's Lebanese, so any translation of the Arabic characters should probably be left up to the owner of the name. So it's Darwish. :) Some biographies state that she was born in Oklahoma, but Tiffany.org has verified her birthplace directly with Darwish herself. She has Lebanese ancestry on her father's side, and Irish and a little Cherokee on her mother's. In December of 1972, her parents separated. Around 1975, when she was four, a cousin taught her the words to "Delta Dawn", which she began singing to anyone who would listen. She sang it repeatedly, and anywhere, including the supermarket. In 1977, Tiffany's mother married Dan Williams, and in 1979, Tiffany's sister Falicia was born.
In 1981, Tiffany sang at a Country and Western nightspot called Narods, in Chino California, with country singer Jack Reeves. She passed her hat around afterward and collected $235.
Tiffany was singing at a Los Angeles club named El Palomino when she was discovered by Hoyt Axton and his mother Mae Axton. Mae took her to sing in Nashville, Tennessee, where she performed at the Ralph Emery Show, singing Juice Newton's "Queen of Hearts" and Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad".
In 1982, under her first manager, Terry Janssen (an executive of country radio station KSON of San Diego), Tiffany toured several clubs in Alaska, earning $3000. Then, she opened for George Jones in Texas. (Jerry Lee Lewis was also supposed to be performing in these shows, but was absent due to illness.) Entertainer Jack Reeves booked these shows for her.
In 1983, her sister Cheressa was born. Terry Janssen quit as her manager and was replaced by Ronald Kent Surut.
In 1984, a local songwriter asked Tiffany to record a demo tape for a few of his songs, reserving time at a recording studio owned by George Tobin. A studio hand called Tobin over to hear the tape, and he signed her to a recording contract. In her personal life, Tiffany's mother and stepfather divorced. Dan was accused of spying on Tiffany through her bedroom window. He claimed he was making sure she did her breathing exercises.
In 1985, Tiffany appeared on the Star Search television program, under the name Tiffany Renee, but lost to Melissa Moultrie.
On March 17, 1986, Tiffany signed a contract with Tobin giving him absolute control over her career and agreeing to do seven albums for him. The terms of the contract are said to have been unusually one-sided in Tobin's favor. Tiffany's mother also signed it as legally required for a minor. She had it reviewed by her lawyer from her divorce, and later stated that she regretted not hiring an entertainment lawyer. Tobin's partner, Brad Schmidt, also shared managing duties.
Later that year, Tiffany began recording songs for her first album in Tobin's studio in North Hollywood, California. She recorded a total of 48 songs before the album was released. Tobin sent her demo tapes to many record companies, with little interest at first. Eventually, MCA and Epic showed interest, and a contract was signed with MCA.
In 1987, her debut album, Tiffany, was released by MCA Records. They paid a $150,000 advance, but did not promote the album. In the spring of that year, Tobin threatened to terminate the contract and withdraw the album unless MCA did something to promote it. On June 23, Tiffany joined "The Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87" at the behest of MCA Records senior vice president Larry Solters. It went to ten malls durring Tiffany's summer vacation from Leffingwell Christian High School in Norwalk. (She had just finished her sophomore year.) Danny was released as her first single that summer, in conjunction with the tour. It was not otherwise promoted, and didn't make the charts. On September 14, People magazine featured an article on Tiffany and her mall tour. MCA Records was convinced to release "I Think We're Alone Now" as a single. On the 26th it debuted on the Billboard singles chart, where it stayed for thirteen weeks. That same month, she opened for The Jets in a tour of high schools. On October 3rd, Tiffany debuted on the Billboard album chart. It eventually reached Number 1. Also in October, she made her first appearance on the Tonight Show, singing "I Think We're Alone Now." During the performance, she accidentally raised her hands, which was the signal for the band to stop playing, earlier than intended. She improvised with some a capella bars at the end of the song. On November 7th, "I Think We're Alone Now" reached Number 1 on the Billboard chart, where it remained for two weeks. On December 12, "Could've Been" debuted on the pop singles chart, where it remained for fourteen weeks. On December 24, George Tobin and Brad Schmidt broke off their partnership, giving Tobin sole management control over Tiffany's career.
On February 6, 1988, "Could've Been" reached number 1 on the Billboard chart, where it remained for two weeks. On March 8, Tiffany left home for a recording session and didn't return. On March 9, her mother filed a missing person report with the Norwalk Sherrif Station. In the meantime, Tiffany had filed with Los Angeles Juvenile Court for legal emancipation. This conflict was the result of a disagreement between her mother and Tobin, with her contending that he was exploiting Tiffany. Tiffany took Tobin's side, and accused her mother of interference in her career decisions. On March 11, Superior Court Judge Richard Ibanez appointed Tiffany's aunt, Julie Abbas, her temporary legal guardian. Meanwhile, on March 12, "I Saw Him Standing There" debuted on the Billboard singles chart. The cassette "single" version had three songs on it. On April 30, New Kids on the Block auditioned in Tiffany's dressing room at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island, New York. They were signed as the opening act and toured with her beginning that evening. She briefly dated Jonathan Knight during this tour. In June, Jeff Deane Turner was arrested after appearing at a courthouse during her emancipation hearings to offer her a samurai style sword as a gift. On the first of that month, Judge Richard C. Hubbel delayed her legal action for emancipation pending a voluntary settlement conference. She was not at the hearing, as she was on tour in Europe. The judge ordered her to return for hte settlement conference. On June 9, she and her mother settled out of court. She was allowed to live with either her mother or her grandmother, and her earnings were placed into a trust fund to be given to her in stages on her eighteenth, twenty-first, and twenty-fifth birthdays. On June 11, "Feelings of Forever" debuted at number 90 on the Billboard singles chart. The cassette single version again had three songs on it. On October 19, "All This Time" premiered on the season-premiere episode of "Growing Pains". In November, the album Hold an Old Friend's Hand was released. On December 3, "All This Time" debuted on the Billboard singles chart.
On January 12, 1989, Tiffany appeared on "The Tonight Show", performing "All This Time". On January 21, she appeared on the Bob Hope Super Bowl Special. On the 26th, she appeared at the Topanga Plaza Mall in southern California to receive a platinum album for Hold an Old Friend's Hand. She also introduced the Boys' Club. On March 10, she appeared on the Arsenio Hall show. In the spring, "Radio Romance" was released as a single. Also that spring, she toured Japan, Manila, Malaysia, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Korea. She got back on June 12, in time for her high school graduation. In May, Universal Studios announced that Tiffany would do the voice of Judy Jetson for the upcoming Jetsons movie, and sing three songs for it. The movie was originally scheduled for a Christmas release, but was later postponed to July 6, 1990. On May 5, she performed on the Pat Sajak show. In June, Hold an Old Friend's Hand was released as a single. On the 15th, she graduated from Leffingwell Christian School in Norwalk, California. (She got most of her education during her last two years from a tutor while on tour.) During the summer, she toured with the New Kids on the Block, performing before them. In September, It's the Lover (Not the Love) was released as a single. On the 12th, she went to court to ask that Jeff Deane Turner be ordered to stay away from her. On the 13th, she performed on the Pat Sajak show for the second time. On the 27th, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Robert Zakon ordered Turner to stay at least 200 yards away from Tiffany for the next three years, and to stop writing and calling her. On October 2, Tiffany celebrated her 18th birthday at Universal Studios in Hollywood. In November, she broke with manager George Tobin and signed with Dick Scott. In legal proceedings between her and Tobin over whether or not she had the right to leave his management, she won her case. However, the lawsuit took a good deal of her money. Also in November, she began work on a new album. In December, she bought a house in southern California.
In April 1990, promotion began for the Jetsons movie, including a "coming attractions" trailer shown in theaters with a few seconds of Tiffany's singing. On June 22, the soundtrack was released, with three Tiffany songs. On July 6, the movie opened in theaters across the country, with Tiffany doing the voice of Judy Jetson. On August 22-25, she performed at the MCA convention at the Dana Point Resort in Dana Point, California. On September 25, the title track from the upcoming album New Inside was released. On October 2, her 19th birthday, the album was released. On the 25th, the Jetsons movie was released on videocassette. On November 8, she appeared on Into the Night with Rick Dees. She sang It's You and Here in My Heart. On the 17th, she guest-starred on the syndicated sitcom Out of This World. In December, Here in My Heart was released as a single.
In January 1991, Tiffany made a number of TV talk show appearances to promote the new single. On February 10, she participated in Voices that Care, a song to benefit the American Red Cross and other war relief efforts. On March 9, she appeared on the Fox show Totally Hidden Video. In April, Tiffany terminated her relationship with her manager Dick Scott.
On April 4, 1992, Tiffany married Bulmaro "Junior" Garcia. On September 17, her son Elijah was born. (At some point between the birth of her son and 2002, she had cosmetic surgery on her breasts. She said there was no real increase in size; she just wanted them to look the way they did before she had her son.)
In 1993, Tiffany signed again with George Tobin as her manager and producer. On April 20, she began a two-week run at the Las Vegas Hilton. It was ultimately extended from two to four weeks, and was followed by several returns to Las Vegas over the following months. On November 21, the album Dreams Never Die was released in Japan. It had been released earlier in other Asian countries. On December 10, she appeared on the Wave Length TV show.
In 1994, Tiffany once again cancelled all projects and left the management of George Tobin. It's commonly accepted that she left when she found out the songs on Dreams Never Die had been previously recorded by Tobin's other act, PC Quest. Tobin, however, claims she was aware of that from the first and things went sour when MCA refused to release an American version of the album. I've not yet found a statement by Tiffany herself on the subject.
In 1995, she moved to Nashville and began planning for a change to country music, with a new manager, Pam Lewis. A greatest hits album, All The Best, was released that year. It included two new songs. On September 25, Rich Rhodes' album, Indian Summer, was released in Asia and Europe. It included a duet with Tiffany, called Hold Me. Late in the year, she contributed a song to the benefit album In Harmony with the Homeless, called You Don't Belong Down Here.
In 1996, Tiffany was interviewed by the Odyssey Channel TV show Quiet Triumphs. On October 22, the album Tiffany's Greatest Hits was released by Hip-O Records. On December 24, Country Weekly did a story on her.
In May 1997, she appeared on Access Hollywood. On August 6, her manager Pam Lewis put up a web page about Tiffany, which is no longer online. According to the bio, she was living in Springfield, Tennessee at the time. On October 8, she appeared in a live chat on her manager's web site. On the 14th, her manager said she would release Tiffany's songs on the Internet if she didn't get a record deal. On the 31st, Tiffany appeared on the cable entertainment channel E! On November 6, an interview on eye.net mentioned that she had moved back to the Los Angeles area. On December 19, a press release from Pam Lewis announced that Tiffany's next album would be produced by Michael Lloyd and would be Adult Contemporary rather than country as originally planned.
In 1998, the movie The Thin Pink Line featured the Tiffany song Was It Good For You. On March 11, she appeared on Access Hollywood. On June 7, a VH-1 special on '80s teen idols included a segment on Tiffany. In July, she appeared in Playgirl in a single-page feature. Also in July, she left the management of Pam Lewis.
In June 1999, Tiffany's bodyguard and friend Frank D'Amoto died of cancer. She wrote the song If Only in his honor. It was released on her 2000 album The Color of Silence. On July 16, We Will Follow was released, on which she performed the vocals on a song performed by Front Line Assembly called New Year's Day. In October she returned to the management of Brad Schmidt. On the 13th, she appeared on the panel of the VH-1 show The List to nominate all- time favorite teen idols for the audience to vote on.
By 2000, Tiffany had signed with Rand Management. On January 31, Modern Records announced they had signed her to a four-album record deal. On March 7, Cleopatra Records released Platinum Girl, on which Tiffany performed Call Me. On August 14, Billboard published an article about Tiffany. By this time, the new record was being released by Eureka Records rather than Modern Records. In October, Billboard reviewed the single I'm Not Sleeping. On the 23rd, they reviewed the upcoming album The Color of Silence. On the 29th, VH1 aired a Behind the Scenes special on Tiffany. On November 7, The Color of Silence was released. On December 21, she appeared on Politically Incorrect.
In 2001, Tiffany did an Asian tour and a U.S. college tour.
On February 5, 2002, it was announced that Tiffany would appear nude in the April issue of Playboy. Also in February, it was learned that she and her husband had separated. On March 1, the Playboy issue with Tiffany's pictorial was released. On March 20, she began taping an episode of That '80s Show. On May 5, she and her husband got together for a Cinco de Mayo celebration with their son. On July 14, she was the subject of an episode of E! True Hollywood Story. By Autumn, she was being managed by The Artist Network, run by Cheez. On September 30, she was one of the contestants on the Celebrity Boot Camp. On December 31, she performed at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
On January 24, 2003, Tiffany sang the National Anthem for the Lakers game. Later that month, she performed in clubs in England and Wales. On May 22, she was scheduled to appear on a Fox TV Music Mania special, but decided to skip it when she learned she wasn't going to be singing, but participating in a bikini contest. On July 8, she appeared on E! Network's Star Dates.
By April 7, 2004, Tiffany had left the management of Cheez, and some of her performances were cancelled as a result. On August 1, she married Benn George, at her grandmother's house in California.
In 2005, Tiffany gave performances in the Philippines and in the U.S. In February, she performed on the song He Said, She Said by the group Second Sun. On March 20, three Tiffany songs were played as background music on the CBS TV movie Spring Break Shark Attack. On April 2, she appeared on the British TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time. She won the first round to gain a spot in the finals. In May, Dust Off and Dance was released independently. On May 21, Tiffany lost to Shakin' Stevens, a British singer. On June 2, in the American version of Hit Me Baby One More Time, Tiffany lost to Arrested Development. In September, George Tobin re-released Dreams Never Die, with bonus tracks from early recording sessions in his studio.
In December 2006, it was announced that Tiffany had signed with 10 Spot Records. Her new manager was Ann Riley.
In Spring of 2007, Tiffany appeared on VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club. On June 5, the album Just Me was released. On July 16, it was reported that she was looking to buy a farm in Tennessee. On August 10, Higher was released as a dance single through Perfect Beat. On October 2, her 36th birthday, her single Higher debuted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at number 45.
In 2008, Tiffany changed management to J.D. Sobol of RPM Talent Agency. In March, Mimi's Kitchen was released in a limited edition, as part of a package including photos and a T-shirt, with autographs. On March 7, she appeared in the short film The Isolationist, premiering at Marion Knott Studios. In April, she appeared with Meat Loaf in an AT&T mobile phone commercial. On April 21, she made a brief cameo appearance on How I Met Your Mother. In October, a UK tour was postponed until 2009 due to visa difficulties. On the 18th, she was a contestant on the CMT TV show Hulk HOgan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling. She was eliminated in the first episode. On the 25th, her song Just Another Day entered the Billboard Hot Club Dance Play chart at number 42.
On January 17, 2009, the song by Hydra Productions featuring Tiffany, Dust Off and Dance, ranked number 1 on Billboard's Breakouts for Hot/Dance Club Play.
On April 10, 2010, Tiffany starred along with Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch in Mega Piranha, a movie on the SyFy cable channel, about a biologically engineered strain of super-piranha fish going wild.
On January 24, 2011, in a TV interview for What Happens Live, Tiffany stated that former boyfriend Jonathan Knight of the New Kids On The Block was gay. She later stated that she didn't realize he wasn't already "out" and apologized. Knight assured Tiffany via his twitter account that he wasn't upset. On January 29, the TV movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid premiered on the SyFy cable channel, featuring Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.
On November 9, 2012, NashvillePost reported that Tiffany had opened a boutique. .
Tiffany; May 1987
Hold an Old Friend's Hand; November 1988
New Inside; October 1990
Dreams Never Die; November 1993
The Color of Silence; November 2000
Dust Off and Dance; May 2005
Just Me; June 2007
I Saw Him Standing There Remix EP (Japan Only); 1988
Best of Best (Japan Only); 1994
All the Best (Singapore Only); 1995
Best One (Japan Only); 1996
Greatest Hits; 1996
I Think We're Alone Now: '80s Hits and More; 2007
"I Think We're Alone Now"
"I Saw Him Standing There"
"Feelings of Forever"
"All This Time"
Hold An Old Friend's Hand
"Hold an Old Friend's Hand"
"It's the Lover (Not the Love)"
"I Always Thought I'd See You Again"
"Here in My Heart"
"Back in the Groove"
"Voices That Care"
"If Love Is Blind"
"Can't You See"
"I'm Not Sleeping"
"Open My Eyes"
"Be with U Tonite"
"Na Na Na"
"Feels Like Love"
"Just Another Day"
"Dust Off And Dance (Feat. Hydra Productions)"
"I Think We're Alone Now"
"I Saw Him Standing There"
"Feelings of Forever"
"All This Time"
"Here In My Heart"
"Can't You See"
"Open My Eyes"
"Feels Like Love"
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You can find Tiffany videos at the Movie House.
The Screensaver Universe has a Tiffany screensaver. It takes quite a while to install on older computers, but runs smoothly afterward.
Lots of other Tiffany sites on the links page.
Lyrics to Tiffany songs at the Lyric Sheet.