Born on July 6, 1978, in Gelnhausen, West Germany, the twins were raised in a loving and supportive environment that significantly influenced their personalities and success in the entertainment industry. The Mowry family, including their younger brothers Tahj and Tavior, are characterized by a strong sense of unity and tight-knit love within the family unit. Their parents, Timothy and Darlene Mowry, are both United States Army veterans and provided an interesting upbringing that incorporated a strong sense of discipline in the household. Moreover, having a close-knit bond was crucial in navigating the challenges of constant relocations due to their military background, and helped them navigate the extremities of Hollywood in a slightly easier fashion.
Recognizing the twins’ talent at a young age, Darlene Mowry played a pivotal role in fostering their early interest in acting. The family’s move to California in the late 1980s proved to be a turning point, as it opened doors for the twins to audition for various roles. The breakthrough came with the iconic ’90s sitcom Sister, Sister, where the twins portrayed separated-at-birth siblings navigating the challenges of adolescence together. The show not only marked the beginning of their successful careers but also showcased the genuine chemistry that reflected their real-life sisterhood.
Even amidst the allure of Hollywood, the Mowry family stayed anchored in their faith and family principles. Tia and Tamera frequently attribute their sense of responsibility, humility, and perseverance to their parents, and often talk about the crucial role they both played in their lives. Proudly embracing their biracial heritage, the Mowry sisters have proudly expressed their ethnic roots while actively advocating for diversity and representation in the entertainment industry.
Ahead, we’ll touch on their parents backgrounds and everything there is to know about them.
Tia And Tamera’s Parents Served in the US Military
Tia and Tamera’s parents’s love story is certainly one for the books. They were married at 18 and, having been in the army at the time, were deployed to Germany. There, they had the twins at the age of 21. After that, the family moved to Texas then Hawaii, and back to Texas.
Tia and Tamera’s Mother Left the Army To Focus on Their Careers
After seeing the immense talent the twins had, Darlene decided to leave the Army to focus solely on managing her daughters’ acting careers. After the twins booked a commercial, she decided to move the family to Los Angeles, though it wasn’t easy. Because of the fact that one cannot just up and quit the army, Darlene had to present her case legally in court, which was another struggle within itself. Their father and Darlene’s husband, Timothy, stayed in Texas after they moved to Los Angeles. He was later transferred to Germany for two years.
Tia and Tamera’s Parents Are Now Divorced
After 40 years of marriage, Tia and Tamera’s parents divorced in 2015. The divorce shocked the twins as they didn’t think their parents would separate, however, they eventually admitted that their parents parting ways would be good for them.
Although Timothy and Darlene are no longer together, the family still gathers every now and then on special occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving.