Before the likes of Kris Kardashian popularised the concept of momagers in Hollywood, there have been several other moms who have played a pivotal part in managing their children’s careers and helping them achieve fame. One of those that fall into this category is Darlene Mowry. Mowry is the mother of the superstar twin sisters, Tia and Tamera, who have gone on to become award-winning actresses, singers, talk show hosts, etc. A former drill sergeant in the U.S. Army, Darlene Mowry left her career just so that her children could have a shot at achieving their own dreams.
She gladly schlepped them to cities where they could get the best opportunities and also fought for better pay for them. Thanks to her efforts, Tia and Tamera were not only teenage sensations but grew into adult stars. Both girls remain appreciative of their mom’s impact on their lives and often bring her along with them on the red carpet. They have also lavished much praise on her on social media.
Darlene Mowry Has American Nationality and Afro-Bahamian Roots
Darlene Renée Mowry was born on the 25th of October 1956 in Miami, Florida. Her nationality is American while her ethnicity is Afro-Bahamian. Some of Mowry’s ancestors hail from the West African country of Ghana while others are from the Caribbean national of Bahamas. It, therefore, means that Darlene Mowry has Bahamian roots. Despite this rich heritage, Darlene Mowry actually grew up in Miami, Florida, and completed a high school diploma before going on to join the American Army as a teenager.
She Rose to the Position of Drill Seargent in the U.S. Army Before Retiring In The Late 80s
Darlene Mowry joined the United States Army when she was barely out of her teens. This was in the ’70s and she spent several years with the Army during which she served in places such as Germany, Hawaii, and Texas. She rose to the position of a drill sergeant before asking to leave the Army so that she could focus on her kid’s careers. Upon leaving the Army in the late ’80s, Darlene Mowry variously worked as a security guard to make ends meet. Her daughters will later taste success in their respective careers and she left her work as a security guard to serve as their manager. Her remuneration is not known but there is no doubt that it would have been in the seven figures.
Darlene Mowry and Her Ex-Husband, Timothy Mowry Were Married For 38 Years
Darlene Mowry is now enjoying the single life but back in the day, she was married to a fellow Army Sergeant named Timothy Mowry. Timothy is Caucasian and has Irish roots but this didn’t stop him from falling in love with Darlene during their early days in the military. Their love grew within a short period of time and they eloped and got married at the age of 18. Darlene Mowry’s marriage to her husband lasted for 38 years during which they welcomed a total of four children.
The family lived in places such as Germany, Texas, and Hawaii during their time in the Army. They later left so that they could focus on their kids. The couple experienced a lot of highs and lows together, including the peculiar challenges of being an interracial couple. They however sustained their union for 38 years before divorcing in 2015. Darlene Mowry is presently single and possibly back on the dating scene but she is a very private person and is keeping those details close to her chest.
Darlene Mowry Has Four Children Including Twins, Tia, and Tamera, Who Are Both Hollywood Celebrities
Darlene Mowry has a total of four children and the oldest are twins, Tamera and Tia. Darlene Mowry gave birth to Tamera, alongside her younger twin sister, Tia, on the 6th day of July 1978 in Gelnhausken, West Germany. Tamera is the older of the two and was born two minutes before Tia. As is normal with twins, both girls grew up to be very close and picked an interest in showbiz at an early age. They were residing in Texas during this time and landed regular work in print modeling and TV commercials. Mowry and her husband realized that they had potential stars on their hands and so decided to relocate to Los Angeles so that both Tia and Tamera could get better working opportunities.
It wasn’t an easy move though. Mowry had to battle the U.S. Army in court so that she could leave but she eventually succeeded at the end of the day. She and the entire family thereafter relocated to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Tia and Tamera landed a handful of small roles. While this was encouraging, it couldn’t pay their bills and so Mowry took to working as a security guard to make ends meet. She also managed her daughters’ careers and fate smiled on them when Tia and Tamera were both cast in the TV sitcom, Sister, Sister, in 1994. Sister, Sister, featured both girls in the role of twins, Tia and Tamera Campbell, who had been separated at birth as a result of adoption. They later reconcile as teenagers but the fact that they have grown up in vastly different backgrounds serves up some interesting content.
Sister, Sister ran for five years and was hugely popular. It made both girls teen stars. They received various accolades and their mom proved to be a good manager. Sister, Sister came to an end in 1999, and Tia and Tamera Mowry have both gone on to pursue successful careers. Tamera has co-hosted the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, and also competed on the hit TV series, The Masked Singer. Tia, on her own part, has featured in several movies and TV series such as Family Reunion, The Game, Bratz. The Hot Chick, and Baggage Claim. Both girls have also worked together in several productions such as Twitches, Twitches Too, Seventeen Again, and Detention. They also launched their own reality series, Tia & Tamera, which ran from 2011 to 2013.
Outside of Hollywood, Tia and Tamera Mowry have also gone into business together. They co-founded the company known as the Need Brand. They were inspired to set it up as a result of their experiences with motherhood. Some of the company’s products are Milky! and Stretchy!. As the names suggest, Milky! is an organic product that can help lactating mothers produce milk while Stretchy! is a cream that mothers can use to get rid of post-operation scars.
Both Twins Are Married and Have Welcomed Multiple Kids With Their Respective Spouses
Tia and Tamera Mowry are also thriving in their respective personal lives. Tamera is married to award-winning journalist and Fox News correspondent, Adam Housley. They tied the knot in May 2011 and have gone on to welcome two children together. Their first, Aden John Tanner was born on the 15th of May 2011 while their second, Ariah Talea was born on the 1st of July 2015. The family makes their home in Napa Valley, California.
On her own part, Tia Mowry is married to actor, Cory Hardrict. They got engaged on Christmas Day 2006 and wed on the 20th of January 2008. The couple now has two children together namely Cree Cardrict who was born on the 28th of June 2011 and Cairo Tiahna who was born on the 5th of May 2018. Tia and Tamera are busy with their respective families and careers but they still make time out to be together. They also make time out for the one special lady in their life which is their mother.
The Twins Remain Close To Their Mom And Have Shared Her Experiences
Tia and Tamera regularly took Darlene with them to red carpet premiers during the early days of their career. These days, they often gush about her in interviews and have shared several insights about her on social media. For instance, on the occasion of Veteran’s Day in 2018, Tia shared throwback pictures of her mom in the army and chronicled all the sacrifices that she made so that she and her sister could have a shot at living their dreams. In 2020, Tia shared a picture of her with her twin sister and mom and described her mom as a beautiful woman. She thereafter detailed some of the racial profiling that their mom suffered while they were growing up.
For instance, whenever they had to travel for work, the whole family often flew first class. No one would query the twins, who were mixed race, or their father, who was white, but Darlene was asked on several occasions if she was in the right seat. Another example of the racial profiling that Tia’s mom suffered was when they went home shopping. If their mom was the first to enter and make inquiries, the realtor would inform them that the home was no longer available. In stark contrast, when their dad stepped in, the house would suddenly become available.
Tia shared these memories amidst the protest that greeted George Floyd’s death and restated her belief that change would definitely come someday. While she waits for that to happen, the actress continues to celebrate her mom and in 2021, shared Instagram photos of the entire family getting together to celebrate Darlene’s birthday. She described family time as the best time while praising her mom as an amazing woman.
Tamera has equally been sharing fond memories of her mom. For instance, in April 2021, she shared a picture of both of them together and revealed that she was a strong woman because she was raised by a strong woman. The actress went on to state that family means everything to her and that she loves every member of her family. During the occasion of Easter in 2021, Tamera celebrated with her family and mom and posted the pictures on Instagram, tagging it “we love you grandma”, and “isn’t she lovely”.
Tamera has also been dishing on the impact that her mom had on their careers, including the fact that she fought to ensure that they received higher pay while starring on Sister, Sister. According to her, Darlene had done her research and realized that they were people in showbiz earning more than them despite the fact that they were putting in as much work and were even more successful. She believed in them and this gave them the strength to believe in themselves and they eventually went on to become one of the highest-paid actresses on a pre-teen show.
Darlene Mowry Also Has Two Sons, Including Actor, Tahj Mowry
Asides from the twins, Darlene Mowry and her ex-husband also have two sons namely Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry. Tahj Dayton Mowry was born on the 17th of May 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Westlake High School and Pepperdine University Malibu. He has since forged a career as an actor, appearing in several movies and TV shows such as Friends, Baby Daddy, Full House, Are We Done Yet?, Seventeen Again, Hounded, and The Poof Point. Tahj remains most famous for his work on the sitcom, Smart Guy.
In the series, he plays the role of a child prodigy named T.J. Henderson who joins his older sister in high school after skipping much of elementary school. Smart Guy ran from 1997 to 1999 and Tahj’s leading performance fetched him several best young performer/youth actor award nominations. Tahj is quite close to his family members and often joins in the celebrations in honor of their mom. He and his famous older sisters have also worked together on several occasions.
Her Fourth Child, Tavior Dontae Mowry, is a Budding Actor and Singer
The last of Darlene Mowry’s four children is her son, Tavior Dontae Mowry. Tavior was born on the 5th of July 1993. As at that time, his family was already living in California and he thus grew up there, specifically in the city of St. Irwin. Tavior attended Westlake High School where he excelled in the game of football. He was able to gain an athletic scholarship to the University of California and continued his exploits there. Tavior was so good at football that he dreamt of going pro someday. His dream was however cut short by injuries.
The young man was disappointed by this but he has moved on with his life. His life is presently guided by two principles. The first is to be recognized on the basis of his own merit rather than his sisters’ fame. The second is to diversify his talents so as to have more opportunities. To this end, Tavior has taught himself how to play the piano, guitar, and bass and dropped a couple of songs. He is also trying his hands at acting and scored the role of Isaiah in the 2021 crime thriller, Karen.
Talking about his personal life, Tavior is married to a lady named Zandy Fitzgerald. He and Fitzgerald got engaged in July 2020 and thereafter tied the knot at a reclaimed rock quarry outside of Nashville in September of that same year.