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"Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo", better known by the stage name "Tia Carrere" (born January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, and singer, most widely known for her role as Cassandra in the feature film ''Wayne's World''.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish heritage, Carrere longed to be a singer as a child. Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 ''Star Search'' appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by the parents of a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the b-movie ''Zombie Nightmare''.
Following this initial success, Carrere relocated to Los Angeles and, after several months working as a model, landed a role in the daytime soap opera ''General Hospital'' from 1985 to 1987. During this time, she also had a guest appearance on ''The A-Team'', which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast. Unfortunately, her ''General Hospital'' obligations prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again.