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Aisha Tyler is popular for various reasons. More than being an American author, you will find her being described as a talk show host, an actress, director, producer and even as a comedian – she performed stand-up comedy in 2009, live at the Fill More Theatre.
Tyler took her social work to a whole new level when she appeared nude in May 2006 issue of Allure in an attempt to combat skin cancer alongside a host of other celebrities.
Aisha Tyler Biography
Aisha Tyler was born on the 18th of September, 1970; she grew up in San Francisco, California. As a child, her family spent a year living in Ethiopia after which they moved back to the United States.
It was only in her high school days that she developed an interest in comedy at McAteer High School, San Francisco. She took advantage of the special program called the School of Arts, which is now presently named Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Aisha then attended her high school with stellar names like Sam Rockwell and Margaret Cho.
It was no secret that Aisha had a crush on Rockwell and as fate would have it, she followed him to an acting class one day which then led to her developing an interest in the craft. She went further with her education and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1992.
As a student, she was a member of a fraternity named The Tabard. She co-founded and was the lead singer of an all-female A cappella group which was especially devoted to spreading social awareness through songs and singing. Aisha for a brief period of time worked for an advertising firm in San Francisco, but she soon left to pursue a career in showbiz.
Her career in television only began in 2001 when she started hosting Talk Soup and the reality dating series, The Fifth Wheel. The Fifth Wheel was canceled the next year, thus Aisha left to pursue her interest in other things. She soon moved into acting when she wrote and directed an independent short film called The Whipper.
More to that, she also featured in Friends as Dr. Charlie Wheeler and in Joey as Ross’ girlfriend. She then backed that up with guest appearances in CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck. Tyler also nailed down a spot on CBS Series the Ghost Whisperer for its first season. She then swiftly changed her base to print media where she was a regular contributor to the Glamour, Entertainment Weekly and Jane magazines.
Aisha Tyler’s Parents
Aisha Tyler is the daughter of Robin Gregory, a teacher who juggled her life as a mother and her desire to pursue a career. Her father James “Jim” Tyler was a photographer.
The couple divorced when Aisha was just 10 years old. Her parents’ divorce was on amicable terms, devoid of any legal tussle for custody. Child custody was split, her father got custody of her and her sister was raised by her mother. Aisha’s parents still found a way to keep a cordial friendship post-divorce.
Husband and Divorce
Aisha Tyler got married to a lawyer, Jeff Tietjens sometime between 1992 and 1994. They had one of the longest marriages in Hollywood until their acrimonious split in 2015 ending their union which had survived for over two decades.
There have been rave reports that their marriage fell apart due to their decision to stop trying to have children in 2013 after years of unsuccessful fertility treatments.
She also once discussed quite emotionally her divorce on The Talk when she told her co-host that though they were separated, all she wanted for him is joy and fulfillment in whatever he chooses to do with his life. She also pledged to help him in whatever way she can.
Her Net Worth
Aisha Tyler is a standup comedian, an author and an actress who has a staggering net worth of $8 million. But her earnings took a hit when Tyler was ordered to pay her husband $31,250 per month for the next 4 years for spousal support plus an added $500,000 lump sum which brought up the total to over $2 million. Additionally, the couple was to split their assets in half and her husband to get the lion share of the assets.
Other Facts About Aisha Tyler
1. According to Aisha, her best friend is a guy, she was the “best friend” at his wedding. She didn’t disclose his name;
2. She is a huge fan of Korean music and movies;
3. Tyler speaks French fluently;
4. She loves peanut butter, she once disclosed that she makes sure she has it every day.