Jenna Elfman - Biography
Last Modified: Aug 11, 2021
|Born on :||September 30, 1971 (age 50)|
|Birth Name /
|Jennifer Mary Butala|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Father's Name:||Richard Butala|
|Mother's Name:||Sue (Grace) Butala|
Debbie Butala (sister)
|High School:||Los Angeles County High School for the Arts|
|University:||California State University, Northridge|
|Ethnicity:||Multi-ethnic (Croatian, English, Scottish, German)|
|Married Date:||February 18, 1995|
|Husband's Name:||Bodhi Pine Elfman|
Story Elias Elfman (son)
|Height:||1.78 meter (5 feet 10 inch)|
|Weight:||63 kg (138.89 lb)|
|Shoe Size:||11 US|
|Dress Size:||8 US|
|Breast Size:||35 inch|
|Waist Size:||28 inch|
|Hip Size:||36 inch|
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Who is Jenna Elfman?
Jenna Elfman is an actress, producer by profession, and American by nationality. She is well known for starring in Dharma & Greg, Fear the Walking Dead, Damages, and films Grosse Pointe Blank, Keeping the Faith, Clifford's Really Big Movie.
Jenna Elfman – Age, Parents, Siblings
Jenna Elfman was born on September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her full name is Jennifer Mary Butala. Her mother Sue (Grace) Butala was a homemaker while her father Richard Butala worked as a Hughes Aircraft executive. She is not the only child of her parents and has two siblings – sister Debbie Butala, and brother Rick Butala.
Her uncle is Tony Butala, the lead singer of the American vocal trio The Lettermen.
For education, Jenna Elfman attended St. Genevieve High School but later enrolled at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and graduated from the same. She went on to study at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Elfman also had studied ballet at Westside School of Ballet under full scholarship.
Her ethnicity includes Croatian, English, Scottish, German.
Jenna Elfman – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce
Jenna Elfman met Bodhi Pine Elfman (born Bodhi Pine Saboff) during an audition for a Sprite commercial in February 1991. After four years of dating, they married on February 18, 1995. Her husband, who is of Jewish descent, is an actor and is a Scientologist. Now, she too is a member of the Church of Scientology. Her father-in-law is Richard Elfman.
They have two children together- Story Elias Elfman (born 23 July 2007) and Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman (born 2 March 2010). There are no rumors of divorce.
Jenna Elfman – Career
Jenna Elfman began training in ballet from the age of 5 but later gave it up after a tendon separated from the bone. As a dancer she appeared in music videos for Depeche Mode’s Halo (1990), Anthrax’s Black Lodge (1995), Chris Isaak’s Somebody's Crying (1995), and toured with the rock band ZZ Top in 1994 as a "Legs Girl." She eventually began appearing in television commercials.
Her debut TV role was in an episode of the TV series Murder, She Wrote (1992). This was followed by episode(s) of the TV series The George Carlin Show (1994), Townies (1996), NYPD Blue (1996), The Single Guy (1997), etc. In 1997 she was cast as the main character Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery in the TV sitcom Dharma & Greg. She portrayed the character for a total of 119 episodes, until 2002. This is considered her breakthrough role.
Over the years Jenna Elfman has appeared in an episode(s) of the TV series Courting Alex (2006), Accidentally on Purpose (2009-2010), Damages (2021), 1600 Penn (2012-2013), Growing Up Fisher (2014), Imaginary Mary (2017), Fear the Walking Dead (2018-present), Talking Dead (2018-present), among others.
Moreover, she has starred in the films Krippendorf's Tribe (1998), Town & Country (2001), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2009), Friends with Benefits (2011), Barry (2016), etc.
Jenna Elfman in Fear the Walking Dead (Image: NME)
Jenna Elfman – Awards, Nominations
Over the years, Jenna Elfman has been nominated for American Comedy Awards (1999), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2001), Golden Globes (1998, 1999, 2000), Golden Apple Awards (1998), Online Film & Television Association (1998, 1999), Primetime Emmy Awards (1998, 1999, 2000), Satellite Awards (2000, 2001, 2002, 2001), TCA Awards (1998), TV Guide Awards (1999, 2000, 2001), Viewers for Quality Television Awards (1998, 1999).
Among all the nominations, she has won two TV Guide Awards (1999, 2000), Golden Apple Awards (1998), Golden Globes (1999).
Jenna Elfman – Net Worth, Salary
The net worth of Elfman is estimated to be around $12 million. The figure on her annual salary is not known.
Jenna Elfman – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
On social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Jenna Elfman is followed by thousands of followers. She also has an official website- jennaelfman.com.
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