Who is Mandie Taketa?
Mandie Adell Taketa was born on 3 March 1976, in Hawaii, USA, and is an actress and dancer, but perhaps best known for being the ex-wife of actor and comedian Wayne Brady. She was his second wife, and is credited as the reason for helping her ex-husband get over his clinical depression.
The Net Worth of Mandie Taketa
How rich is Mandie Taketa? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her net worth was also increased through her association with and subsequent divorce from her ex-husband who has a net worth that is at $10 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and EducationMandie was born in Hawaii as her father had moved there from Japan; he served as the treasurer and secretary of the Hawaii Carpenters Union, and as the Chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission. She started practicing martial arts at a young age, with her father teaching her, and even took competitions in martial arts. She also has a younger sister who would also compete.
Her mother was sickly and she was eventually bedridden for the latter part of her life. Mandie would go on to attend the University of Hawaii under a full dance scholarship, however, just a year into studying in college, she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and dance, from having met Wayne Brady during a musical show in Hawaii. They started a relationship and would subsequently move to Los Angeles together, where they lived in a rented studio apartment.
Acting and Dancing Career
Taketa’s acting career began when she became a part of the independent comedy film entitled “ManBand! The Movie”, which discusses pop music, reality television, and age discrimination, and was nominated for Best Production at the Unfringed Festival held in Limerick, Ireland. It was written and directed by Dermott Petty and produced by Lon Casler Bixby alongside Mee Vaj. Aside from her acting, Taketa also competed as a dancer, and additionally won a national gold medal in acrobatics, paintball, and cheerleading. She also tried her hand at bodybuilding competitions, and would go on to focus on several fitness related activities.
Aside from bodybuilding, she also became a certified yoga instructor, and started to teach her own classes. She also took physical therapy classes after she became certified in the profession. She eventually ventured into business, and became the owner of three companies, namely Anything Everything Productions, This Lifetime, and Adell Body Works. One of her companies is a film production company which specializes in weddings and similar events.
Marriage to Wayne Brady
While she went forward with her career, Mandie also eventually married Wayne Brady in 1999. Wayne is best known for his work in the television series “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, which focused on improvisational comedy with him as one of the regular cast members of the show. He has also hosted various television shows, including “The Wayne Brady Show” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”and has been the host of the show “Let’s Make a Deal” since its revival in 2009. Aside from his hosting and television work, he also makes regular appearances on Broadway, most notably becoming a part of the Tony Award-winning musical entitled “Kinky Boots”, in which he played dual roles of drag queen Lola, and Simon.
Mandie and Wayne would have a daughter in 2003, and they lived together for nine years, before they separated in 2006, and to get a divorce the following year which was finalized in 2008. Despite the divorce, they remain very close, and Mandie decided to get a house near to Wayne so that their daughter could get an experience similar to living in the same house. He would also go on to state that he likes Mandie, and said that she is the woman that supported him when no one else, did aside from his mother. He credited her for helping him through depression after the death of his close comedian friend Robin Williams.
Is Mandie Taketa on Social Media?
Mandie is very active on social media, particularly on Instagram and Facebook, the latter often showing a lot of her recent endeavors mostly involving her daughter. Her ex-husband also appears in several of her photos and videos; they have been travelling a lot as seen in the photos she’s posted. On another account, she promoted some of the recent work of Wayne Brady, including his performance in the musical “Kinky Boots”. Both accounts stay very active and posts content on a regular basis.