Tiffany: What happened to the I Think We’re Alone Now singer? Teen idol to Playboy

Tiffany Darwish sings ‘I Think Were Alone Now’ in 1987

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Tiffany Darwish was only 15 when she became a global pop sensation. Her high-energy cover of Tommy James & the Shondells 1967 huge hit topped the charts twenty years later. History has plenty of cautionary tales about teenage pop prodigies. Tiffany never repeated her debut success but she is still going strong recording music and performing live.

As well as her chart-topping hit and powerful voice, Tiffany is famous for launching her career by singing at shopping malls across America. In an age before social media, this was an inspired way to capture the imagination of the young record-buying public and spread excited word-of-mouth.

Tiffany hadn’t even wanted to record a cover of an old Sixties song, but when she played her demo to friends and they all started dancing, she rushed back to the studio and nailed the song in just four takes.

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Its effect was even more potent on the word’s youth.

The single was released in August 1987 and topped the US and UK charts on the first weekend of October. It was quickly followed by another chart-topping single, the ballad Could’ve Been, and a cover of the Beatles I Saw Her Standing There.

Tiffany’s eponymous debut album was released on September 15 and shot to number one. After celebrating her 16th birthday on October 2, 1987, she became the youngest female artist to top the US album charts.

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Tiffany embarked on a US tour with up-and-coming group New Kids On The Block as her opening act.

Just like her contemporary Debbie Gibson, Tiffany was an instant worldwide teen idol, but it wouldn’t last for either of them.

Her second album, Hold an Old Friend’s Hand, unfortunately, did not repeat the debut’s success. Although it yielded top ten hit All This Time, it only reached number 17 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

By the time she released her third album New Inside in 1990, she was supporting New Kids on the Block on their tour. The album and any singles from it failed to chart in the US, although the album was a number 17 hit in Japan.

Tiffany has released six albums since then. Although a return to chart success has eluded her, she continues to tour.

The star posed nude for Playboy in 2002 and later said: “More than about being naked, it was about being [seen as] a woman. As soon as I posed, we couldn’t stop the phone from ringing — it worked.”

She went on to guest-star on reality television shows like Celebrity Fit Club, Australia’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling. She also broke into horror and sci-fi movies one releases like Necrosis, Mega Piranha, and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, the latter alongside Debbie Gibson.

Tiffany was married to Bulmaro Garcia from 1992-2003 and Ben George from 2004-2018, and has one child.

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