Who is Tina Caspary?
Tina Caspary was born in Southern California, USA on 28 December 1970 – her zodiac sign is Capricorn and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, choreographer and a dancer, who might still be known best for her portrayal of Barbara in the 1987 romantic comedy movie “Can’t Buy Me Love”, written by Michael Swerdlick, directed by Steve Rash and which starred Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson and Courtney Gains. It follows the most popular girl in school who starts dating an outcast after he pays her $1,000 – the film won one award while it was nominated for three others.
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Early life and education
Tina is more or less secretive when it comes to her family but it’s known that she has a younger sister Dee and a younger brother Dewitt, who are both choreographers and dancers. The three were raised by their mother Brenda who was also a dancer, and their father DeWitt Caspary III, who was a businessman.
Motivated by her mother, Tina started taking dancing lessons at quite an early age, and entered various competitions while still attending elementary school. She was also interested in acting, and practiced it with the school’s drama club, appearing in nearly all the plays performed there, as well as in several plays at a community theatre.
Tina was very active during the four years spent at high school, as she played various sports including soccer and volleyball. Upon matriculating in 1988, she chose not to enroll at a college, but to focus on her career.
Roles in movies
Tina actually made her debut film performance in 1982, aged 11, when she portrayed a dancer in the family comedy “Annie”, which starred Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett, and follows the adventures of an orphan girl trying to find a family to adopt her. The movie was a hit, winning two awards while it was nominated for 13, others including two Oscars.
The year 1986 saw Tina play Gretchen Kent in the drama “News at Eleven”, written and directed by Mike Robe, and which starred Martin Sheen and Barbara Babcock but it failed to attract a lot of attention. One of her most notable performances was in the 1986 comedy “Combat High”, written by Paul W. Shapiro, directed by Neal Israel and which starred Keith Gordon, Wallace Langham and George Clooney. The movie is about two men forced to attend a military school, and while it received mixed reviews, Tina was praised for her acting skills. In 1988, she played a dancer in the critically acclaimed family musical ”Totally Minnie”, while the same year saw her portray Courtney in the adventure family fantasy “Mac and Me”, but which received poor reviews, and is amongst the 100 bottom rated movies on the website IMDb.
Two of Tina’s final roles in movies before retiring from acting were portraying Shawn in the 1989 romantic fantasy comedy “Teen Witch”, and the 1989 horror comedy “My Mom’s a Werewolf”, in which she played Jennifer Shaber.
Roles in TV series
Tina made her debut TV series appearance in 1985, when cast to play Amanda in the episode “A Magnificent Obsession” of the family comedy “Silver Spoons” which was quite popular and won four awards, while being nominated for 11 others, including a Primetime Emmy.
In 1986, she appeared in a single episode of the adventure family drama “The Magical World of Disney”, while the following year saw her play Jamie in the episode “Choices” of the family comedy “Growing Pains”, and Kelly Bundy in the pilot episode of the comedy “Married… With Children”; the series became extremely popular, as it was nominated for seven Golden Globes.
While Tina was initially meant to play Kelly, one of the lead characters, the series directors didn’t think she was the right choice for the role, and chose Christina Applegate instead.
In 1989, Tina appeared in a single episode of the comedy “Day by Day”, and was then cast to play Rhonda Graham in the episode “The Coupe, the Group and Everything” of the comedy drama “Live-In”. Tina’s final role in a TV series before retiring from acting was in a single 1994 episode of the drama “Valley of the Dolls”.
Awards and nominations
Tina was nominated for three Young Artist Awards; in 1987 for Exceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week for “News at Eleven”; in 1988 for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy for “Can’t Buy Me Love; and the following year for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy for “Mac and Me”.
What happened to Tina after acting?
In 1996, Tina launched her own company and brand Katrina Activewear, and has since been working as its owner and lead designer. She is also working as a dance technician, as is the owner of a California-based dance studio, plus working at the faculty SHOCK the Intensive.
Tina has appeared in several music videos of both Reba McEntire and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and spent some time as a principal dancer on the show “Academy Awards”.
Love life and relationships
Tina is quite secretive about her love life, and hasn’t shared a lot about her marriage with Ryan Cyphert. Ryan is staying away from the media’s attention too, but it’s known that he is an American citizen and that he has been self-employed since October 1996, freelancing as a graphic designer, web designer, photographer, choreographer and brand builder.
They haven’t shared the details of how they met or when they exchanged wedding vows, but it is widely believed that the wedding took place in 1996. A year later, Tina gave birth to their twins Payson and Phoenix, and it appears that Tina and Ryan decided not to have more children.
Neither of the two have spoken about the people they might had dated before meeting each other, so as of January 2021, Tina is married to Ryan Cyphert and they have two children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Tina is very passionate about travelling, and her career as a dancer and dance instructor has taken her to nearly every US state, while she’s also travelled overseas for both work and pleasure, staying in European countries such as England, Greece and Croatia.
She is a philanthropist who has mostly focused on working with underprivileged children, offering them free dancing lessons. She is today a supporter of the movement, Black Lives Matter.
Tina is a fan of music and has tried learning to play various instruments including the guitar and the piano. Some of her favorite bands and singers are Lady Gaga, The Lumineers and One Republic.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, and her favorite actor and actress are Leonardo DiCaprio and Anne Hathaway, while some of her favorite movies are “Titanic”, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Les Miserables”.
Age, height and net worth
Tina is 50 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).
As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.