Jenna Elfman is an exceptional actress who has been successful in her chosen career since she came on stage as a dancer in 1990. She first appeared in commercials and was quite good at it, which led to her getting her groundbreaking role in the sitcom Townies.
Since then, fame has not left her side, and she certainly basks in the many other roles that have enabled her to make a name for herself.
Jenna Elfman was born as Jennifer Mary Butala, the youngest child of Sue Grace and Richard Butala, on September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a housewife while her father was a senior executive at Hughes Aircraft. She is of Croatian descent.
As a child, Elfman was very interested in becoming a dancer. She was enrolled in ballet classes when she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Later, however, the young dancer abandoned the Italian Renaissance/French concert dance form after a tendon broke off from her bone. But that didn’t stop her from continuing to do what she loved while making a career out of it.
Elfman became a professional dancer after she dropped out of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Some of her work as a dancer can be seen in music videos such as Halo by Depeche Mode, Black Lodge by Anthrax, and Somebody’s Crying by Chris Isaak. While dancing, Elfman had hoped to become an actress, so she auditioned for roles in both films, sitcoms, and commercials. She managed to get roles in several commercials before she switched to television, her first notable appearance being in the short-lived ABC sitcom Townies in 1996.
Her next leading role was in another ABC sitcom called Dharma & Greg, where she appeared as Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery. She was a major cast member of the series and appeared in 119 episodes over the series’ five-year run. During this time she won, among several other nominations, the TV Guide Favorite Actress in a Comedy Award in 1999 and 2000 and the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy.
Other shows and films Jenna Elfman has starred in include Keeping Faith (2000), Courting Alex (2006), Accidentally on Purpose (2009-2010), Friends With Benefits (2011), 1600 Penn (2012-2013), and Growing Up Fisher (2014).
Jenna Elfman’s Net Worth
Jenna Elfman is said to have an estimated net worth of about $16 million, which is not surprising since the actress has appeared in over two dozen movies and television series. This number is sure to increase in the coming years as the Fear The Walking Dead actress continues to work both in front of and behind the camera.
In 2000, the actress and her husband spent over $4 million on a house that used to belong to Madonna. The couple lived in the 5,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills estate, built in the 1920s before it was sold later in 2004 for a fee of around $4.7 million to actress Katey Sagal.
Jenna Elfman is married to actor, director, and producer Bodhi Elfman, who is best known for his performances in Mercury Rising (1998), Godzilla (1998), Armageddon (1998), and Collateral (2004). He also had a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Mr. Scratch and in the drama series Touch as Avram Hader.
Jenna met her husband in February 1991 when she auditioned for a role in a Sprite commercial. The two got along well, and it was said that almost soon after that they met exclusively with each other. Their relationship lasted four years before they decided to take the next step and exchanged vows in a Scientology ceremony on February 18, 1995. Jenna and Bodhi are both practicing Scientologists, though they were raised in the Jewish and Catholic faiths respectively.
Together the couple has two sons; the first is Story Elias Elfman, born July 23, 2007, and the second is Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman, born March 2, 2010.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Jennifer Mary Butala
Date of Birth: September 30, 1971
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation(s): Actress, Producer
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)
Weight: 55 kg (121 pounds)
Body Measurements: 34-24-34 inches (87-61-87 cm)
Dress Size: 4 US (34 EU)
Bra Size: 32B
Shoe Size: 11 US
Zodiac Sign: Libra