With Tiffany‘s career beginning at the same time as Debbie Gibson’s, the two teen pop performers have often been confused with each other and rumors abounded of feelings of animosity between this pair of 1980’s divas.
Tiffany Darwish was born on October 2nd 1971 in Norwalk, California, daughter of Robert and Janie Darwish. With her father’s heritage being of Syrian and English descent and her mother with Irish and Cherokee descent it was of no surprise that Tiffany would have exotic and stunning looks. Her talents as a singer were established at a very young age, four in fact, when she learned the words to Delta Dawn, originally recorded by Helen Reddy, and Tiffany began singing to her then divorced parents.
By the age of ten Tiffany made her live singing debut with a country and western band and by the end of the evening she had collected a total of $235.00 by passing around a hat to the appreciative audience.The next big move in Tiffany’s singing career came when she was spotted by Hoyt Axton and moved to Tennessee to perform on the Ralph Emery Show where she charmed the audience with Tammy Wynette and Juice Newton hits.
Tiffany’s first big earnings as a performer came when she toured Alaska in 1982 grossing over $3,000 and which found her performing along side such greats as Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones. Finally, in 1984, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single, ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, which became a number one hit on the Billboard chart, propelling Tiffany to international stardom.
1986 saw Tiffany signing total control of her career over to her manager George Tobin, which took her to the recording studios of MCA where she laid down her best selling album ‘Tiffany’ which made the stores in 1987. She embarked on a nationwide tour across America appearing in shopping malls to promote her new album. The concept of promoting an album in shopping malls was taken up decades later by Britney Spears when she made her ‘Hair Zone Mall Tour’ across America.At this time Tiffany’s career began running into competition from Debbie Gibson’s career, and the two were constantly vying for appearances on the covers of teen magazines.
In 2000, Tiffany released a “comeback” album, The Color of Silence, which received good reviews. Billboard pegged it as “one of the best pop albums of the year” and the year’s “biggest surprise”. Despite the critical validation, and a record-breaking turnout for her college campus tour, a record deal with a shady, now defunct company and the teen-pop “stigma” attached to her name hindered the album’s potential success.
In the April 2002 issue of Playboy, Tiffany appeared fully nude. Her ’80s-era rival Debbie Gibson appeared nude in the magazine in March 2005. Also in 2002, she appeared on the short-lived sitcom That ’80s Show as “Autumn”, an employee of punk nightclub “Chaos”.