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Naked truth about Wayne Brady’s ex-wife

Who is Mandie Taketa?

Born on March 3, 1976 under the sign of Pisces, in Hawaii, USA, Mandie Adell Taketa is a 44-year-old dancer and actress, also an entrepreneur and yoga instructor. However, she is probably best recognized as the ex-wife of famous Hollywood comedian Wayne Brady.

How rich is she right now? Mandie Taketa Net Worth

Mandie Taketa’s net worth is over $2 million; earned by operating in both the entertainment and sports industries. She also increases her wealth through her business ventures. In addition, Mandie likely shared her famous husband’s wealth while they were married, receiving some amount through the divorce settlement.

Her ex-husband Wayne Brady has a reputed net worth of $10 million.

Family, nationality, ethnicity

Mandie Taketa spent her early years in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a sister named Kristie Taketa Borja. Her father is of Japanese descent named Ronald Taketa, who served as the executive secretary and treasurer at the Hawaii Carpenters Union, and previously served as chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission. Her mother was of white descent – she was ill and eventually died after living with an oxygen tank for about eleven years. Mandie’s nationality is American but she belongs to a mixed ethnic group as she is of part white and part Japanese descent.

Martial arts and dancing

At a very young age, Mandie developed her interests not only in dancing and performing but also in martial arts. So she started training in martial arts at the age of five, and her father Ronald was her sensei. Mandie soon began competing in various tournaments, but she became more focused on dancing and began taking dance classes as a young girl, which led to her receiving a full dance scholarship from the University of Hawaii. Nevertheless, she dropped out after a year and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a professional career as a dancer and actress.

Professional career

Over the years, Mandie Taketa became an accomplished dancer, winning national gold medals in cheerleading, trapeze arts, and paintball.

Wayne Brady and Mandie Taketa

Mandie is also a popular fitness model and bodybuilder, who has competed in a number of fitness competitions and won several of them. In addition, she is a licensed physical therapist and yoga instructor, having served as a body technician at Adell Body Works since 2003. Mandie made her screen debut playing the role of Vicky in the independent comedy ‘ManBand! The Movie”, written and directed by Dermott Petty. In addition, she is the founder and CEO of Everything Did Productions, founded in October 2011. Mandie is also the owner of the company This Lifetime.

Appearance and vital statistics

Mandie has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

She stands at a height of 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) while weighing around 60 kg. She is a fan of tattoos, one of which covers her entire back.

Private life

Mandie Taketa met Wayne Brady while preparing for a musical in Hawaii in 1996. They began dating and eventually tied the knot on April 3, 1999. After seven years of marriage, the couple went their separate ways in 2006, and she filed for divorce the following yearcompleted in April 2008. They are the parents of a daughter, Maile Masako Brady, who was born on February 3, 2003. Although they are divorced, Mandie and Wayne decided to move to the same neighborhood to raise her together.

They have remained good friends and she even supported him a lot during the time he was struggling with clinical depression and nervous breakdown in 2014. Prior to their relationship, her husband was married to Diana Lasso from 1993 to 1995.

Who is her ex-husband? Wayne Brady short wiki/bio

Wayne Alphonso Brady was born on June 2, 1972 under the sign of Gemini, in Columbus, Georgia, USA, to West Indian parents. As a young boy, he moved to Orlando, Florida, where he was raised by his grandmother, named Valerie Petersen, whom he calls “Mother,” and an aunt. He started performing at the age of 16, when he joined the improv group SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando. He went to Dr Phillips High School in Orlando, and after matriculation in 1989, enrolled in the University of Miami – what he studied and whether he graduated is not known.

Career start

Wayne Brady made his first television appearances as a contestant on the NBC comedy show “Kwik Witz” between 1996 and 1999. In 1998, he appeared on the UK version of the impromptu comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” alongside Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. After the final season of that version, Wayne became a regular performer on the American spin-off hosted by Drew Carey. His work on the show earned him the 2003 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Variety or Music Program.

Rise to Fame and “The Wayne Brady Show”

Wayne achieved international fame when he created his own variety show in 2001 entitled “The Wayne Brady Show”.

The following year, he created a daytime talk show of the same title, which earned him four Daytime Emmy Awards, including the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host twice in 2003 and 2004; the show lasted until 2004.

Continued success

In 2004, Wayne Brady began performing as attorney Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of the musical “Chicago”. His next major success came in 2005, when he recorded Jim Brickman’s original Disney song “Beautiful”. He then hosted the TV Land talk show “That’s What I’m Talking About” and the Fox show “Celebrity Duets”, both in 2006. Between 2006 and 2014, Wayne guest-starred as James Stinson on the CBS sitcom “How I With Your Mother,” while playing Lewis in the 2007 romantic comedy “The List.”

From 2007 to 2009, Wayne also hosted the Fox singing game show “Don’t Forget The Lyrics!” In 2008 he released his debut album with his own version of the song “A Change Is Goona Come”, by Sam Cooke, nominated for a Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

Successful projects in the 2010s

In the early 2010s, Wayne became a host of the CBS game show “Let’s Make A Deal” (2009-present), for which he won the 2018 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host. In early 2010, he hosted the ABC comedy show “Trust Us With Your Life” (2011), then returned to “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (2013-2019).

He also participated in the game show “Celebrity Name Game” (2014-2015). Between 2015 and 2015, Wayne appeared as drag queen Lola in the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots”, followed by his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the play “Hamilton” at the PrivateBank Theater in 2017.

Most recently, he has focused on his acting career by starring in the role of Everett Kynes in the USA Network sci-fi series “Colony” (2018), by Dr. Reese Buckingham in the CBS soap opera “The Bold And The Beautiful” (2018-2019), and starred as Gravedigger / Tyson Sykes in the CW superhero series “Black Lightning” (2020). Moreover, in 2019, he won the second season of the Fox singing competition “The Masked Singer”.


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