1. Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American dancer, choreographer, television dance competition judge, actress, game show host, and singer.
2. She is best known for her work in Dancing With the Stars (USA).
3. She started her career as a singer in Japan, but became best known for her dancing, first introducing herself to American audiences as one of the original Fly Girls on the sketch comedy series In Living Color.
4. She has appeared as one of three, later four judges on the ABC television series Dancing with the Stars.
5. Inaba was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School in 1986.
6. Inaba, who speaks Japanese, lived in Tokyo from 1986 to 1988 and was a popular singer.
7. She released three singles, “Party Girl” (backed with “China Blue”), “Be Your Girl” (backed with “6? Capezio”), and “Yume no Senaka” (backed with “Searching”) and hosted weekly radio and television series.
8. After returning to America, Inaba appeared as one of the “Fly Girls”, a group of backing dancers on the television series In Living Color from 1990 to 1992.
9. Inaba appeared as a dancer during Madonna’s 1993 Girlie Show World Tour.
10. Inaba appeared in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Fook Yu, alongside Diane Mizota, who played her twin sister Fook Mi.
11. The two women are not related, but when Mizota had been cast for her role, she was asked if she knew any actresses who resembled her and suggested Inaba.
12. Inaba, who had appeared briefly in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was given the role and the two women were made up to appear as identical twins.
13. Inaba and Mizota would later reprise their roles with Mike Myers in a commercial for Motorola.
14. Inaba has acted (usually as a dancer) in the movies Monster Mash: The Movie, Lord of Illusions, Showgirls, Boys and Girls, Flintstones II, Freak and American Virgin and the television series Jack & Jill and Nikki.
15. Carrie Ann, and the FOX special Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
16. Inaba guest starred as Tina, Hannah’s choreographer, in the Hannah Montana episode, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Friend”.
17. TV Guide Network announced that it had signed Inaba to anchor its live red carpet coverage, beginning with the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards.
18. In October 2010, Inaba was named host of the revival of the game show 1 vs.
19. After the first season, Inaba announced she would not return to host the show.
20. Inaba has choreographed several television series, including American Idol, American Juniors, All American Girl, He’s a Lady, In Search of the Partridge Family (in which she also appeared on air), Married by America, The Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant, The Swan, and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?.
21. She appeared in the first season of So You Think You Can Dance during the audition stages where she provided choreography for the “choreography round”.
22. Inaba is the founder and President of EnterMediArts, Inc., a video production company.