The Wilson thedaughter of American 1960s pop icon Brian Wilson and his first wife, Marilyn Rovell, was born April 29, 1968, she co-founded Wilson PhillipsWendy and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. They released two albums, Wilson Phillips and Shadows and Light
, sold 12 million albums, and charted three #1 singles and six top 20 hits before breaking up in 1993.
Carnie & Wendy Wilson continued to record together, releasing the Christmas album Hey Santa! in 1993, and they joined with their father for a critically successful (yet commercially unsuccessful) 1997 album, The Wilsons. She also sang Our Time Has Come with James Ingram for the 1997 animated film Cats Don't Dance.
In 2003, Carnie attempted to launch a solo music career with the album For the First Time. The album featured a remake of the Diane Warren penned Samantha Mumba ballad "Don't Need You To (Tell Me I'm Pretty)," retitled "I Don't Need You To," as its first single. However, the single failed to gain interest and the album was ultimately shelved when Carnie regrouped with Wendy and Chynna as Wilson Phillips in 2004.
Reunited, the band released a third album, named California, which appeared on Sony Music's record label. The album featured cover songs primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, and specifically highlights the musical glory days of their parents' California-based musical groups: The Mamas & the Papas and the Beach Boys.
In 2006, she finally launched her solo career, with an album of lullabies, A Mother's Gift: Lullabies from the Heart, created shortly after the birth of her daughter Lola.
She released her second solo effort in October 2007, a Christmas album entitled Christmas with Carnie featuring a song written by her husband, "Warm Lovin' Christmastime."
From 1995-1996, Carnie hosted her own short-lived syndicated television talk show Carnie!. The series was launched during the mid 1990s wave of popularity in "tabloid" talk shows, which followed the sudden successes of Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer.
Wilson has also been a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and in 2006 hosted a special on E! entitled 101 Celebrity Slimdowns. Wilson became a cast member of the CMT series Gone Country in January 2008. In April 2008, she was a cast member of the VH1 series Celebracadabra. In July 2008, she starred in a new show called Outsider's Inn.
Wilson has had a lifelong battle fighting obesity. During her Wilson Phillips fame she reached a lifetime weight peak of almost 300 pounds on her 5'3" frame. Her weight led her to be parodied on Saturday Night Live by Chris Farley and also publicly mocked by Howard Stern.
Dieting was ineffective; she lost weight only to regain it later. In August 1999, she underwent gastric bypass surgery, which she felt was a life-saving decision. The procedure was broadcast live on the internet. As a result, she went from a size 28 to a size 6 and lost 150 pounds. In 2003 she posed nude for Playboy to display her new body.
Carnie later toured TV talk shows and hosted her own infomercial to publicize her satisfaction with the procedure. However, she eventually gained back some weight and ended up as a contestant on the fourth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2006. Over the course of the show she lost 22 pounds, which she eventually gained back.
In March of 2010, Carnie became the spokesperson for gourmet meal delivery diet program, The Fresh Diet http://www.thefreshdiet.com. She has lost 10 LBS on the plan so far.
She has publicly acknowledged having a lesbian experience in her teens.
Wilson married musician Rob Bonfiglio in 2000. In April 2005, they welcomed their first daughter, Lola Sofia Bonfiglio. On June 12, 2009, their second daughter, Luciana "Luci" Bella, was born.
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