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Facts about Jenna Elfman
Biography for Jenna ElfmanJenna Elfman (born sep. 30, 1971 (42 years ago)) is an American TV and movie actress.
Early yearsElfman was born Jennifer Mary Butala in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Sue (née Grace), a homemaker, and Richard Wayne Butala, a Hughes Aircraft executive. Elfman attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a dance major and graduated in 1989 (24 years ago). Her uncle is Tony Butala of The Lettermen. She studied with acting teacher Milton Katselas and Richard Lawson at the Beverly Hills Playhouse before beginning her TV career.
CareerElfman began as a professional dancer, making an appearance in UK electronic group Depeche Mode's promotional video for their 1990 (23 years ago) song "Halo". She also toured as a dancer with the group ZZ Top. She made a switch to acting in the early 1990s, appearing in the 1993 (20 years ago) music video "Black Lodge" by heavy metal band Anthrax. In 1995 (18 years ago), she appeared in the Chris Isaak music video "Somebody's Crying".
TVElfman did extensive commercial work before landing her first series jobs, making guest appearances in the 1995–1996 season on the ABC series Roseanne, NYPD Blue, The Monroes, and Murder One, and the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect. A role as a drug counselor in the NBC made-for-TV movie Her Last Chance came in 1996 (17 years ago) as well, before she landed a regular role as the boy-crazy Shannon, one of three young working class waitresses in the Molly Ringwald sitcom vehicle Townies. Although short-lived, Townies proved a big break for Elfman, who impressed ABC executives with her scene-stealing turn and signed her own sitcom deal before the last Townies episode aired.
This deal led to Elfman's starring role in the sitcom Dharma & Greg, which ran on ABC from 1997 (16 years ago) to 2002 (11 years ago). She won a Golden Globe Award for this role, and was nominated twice for an Emmy Award. In 1999 (14 years ago), she co-hosted the Emmy Awards presentation with David Hyde Pierce.
In Nov. 2005 (8 years ago), CBS announced that the Elfman vehicle Courting Alex would be a midseason replacement, premiering in Jan. 2006 (7 years ago). It was announced in May that the show did not get picked up, and was thus cancelled. However, CBS immediately inked a new development deal with Elfman to create a comedy vehicle, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter on Jun. 2, 2006 (7 years ago).
Elfman's other TV appearances include guest starring roles in two episodes of Two and a Half Men in 2004 (9 years ago) and one episode of Brothers and Sisters in 2007 (6 years ago). She made a guest appearance in the sixth episode of season four of My Name Is Earl as a cheer team leader.
Elfman is currently attached to a CBS comedy pilot, Accidentally on Purpose. The show was picked up by CBS and will air in the 2009-2010 season.
FilmIn 1999 (14 years ago), Elfman appeared alongside Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in EDtv directed by Ron Howard. She then played the role of Anna Riley in the 2000 (13 years ago) comedy Keeping the Faith, which marked Edward Norton's directorial debut. In 2004 (9 years ago), Elfman produced and starred in a feature movie called Touched.
Elfman's other movie credits include Krippendorf's Tribe, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and Town & Country.
She is in two yet to be released films, one with Tim Allen entitled The Six Wives of Henry Lefay and the other Love Hurts.
Personal lifeJenna met her husband, actor Bodhi Elfman, at a Sprite commercial audition in Feb. 1991 (22 years ago). They married in 1995 (18 years ago), making director Richard Elfman her father-in-law and noted composer Danny Elfman her uncle-in-law.
In May 2006 (7 years ago), Elfman visited her high school alma mater to urge students to set career goals and encourage them to persist in their chosen professions.
In Jan. 2007 (6 years ago), Elfman and her husband announced they were expecting their first child. On Jul. 23, 2007 (6 years ago), the couple gave birth to a son, Story Elias, in Los Angeles, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
In an Apr. 2009 (4 years ago) interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Elfman stated that she collects dictionaries.
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