Carrie Ann Inaba
In 2005, dancer, choreographer, producer, and television personality Inaba debuted on the series premiere of the ABC competition series Dancing with the Stars and has served as a judge for all 25 seasons of the award-winning show. She later created a spinoff series with fellow judge, Bruno Tonioli, titled Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann. In 1990, after releasing three singles as a recording artist in Japan, Inaba returned to the United States and landed a job on In Living Color where she became one of the first Asian Americans to perform contemporary dance on national television as one of the "Fly Girls." She also went on to perform with Madonna on "The Girlie Show World Tour" as a dancer.
Inaba has appeared as a host on the Miss America pageant, American Idol, American Juniors, Dance Fever, The TV Land Awards, The Kids Choice Awards, and the American Music Awards. She also hosted Game Show Network's 1 VS. 100 and TV Guide Network's live Red Carpet coverage and Fashion Wrap. Inaba was a returning guest co-host for Live With Kelly and Ryan, filling in more than any other talent with almost 30 appearances to date. She has also been seen on the big screen in Austin Powers in Goldmember, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, American Virgin, and Monster Mash.
In 2012, Inaba launched The Animal Project Foundation, collaborating with rescue and animal organizations to create programs that save animals' lives by providing emergency rescue grants. She recently launched The Carrie Ann Conversations, a personal empowerment blog sharing information and personal stories with women around the world.
As a member of the Board of Directors of C.A.P.E, the Coalition of Asian Pacific's in Entertainment, Inaba received the East West Players Visionary Award in 2009. In 2015, she was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame.
Inaba was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Jan. 5. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @carrieanninaba.