With statuesque sex appeal and an adorably loopy persona, Elfman made her name on the small screen in the sitcom Dharma & Greg
. Originally a dancer, she switched to acting in her twenties and soon began landing guest spots on a variety of TV shows. But it was a regular gig on the short-lived sitcom Townies
that led to Elfman's breakthrough role. During her tenure on Dharma
, she earned three Emmy nods and a Golden Globe, co-hosted the Emmys and attempted to launch a film career with romantic comedies like EDtv
and Keeping the Faith
. But despite her height, the big screen somehow dwarfed Elfman's charms. After the demise of Dharma
in the early '00s, she slowed the pace and reportedly devoted much of her time to her religion, Scientology. Elfman re-emerged in 2006 as the star of the single-in-the-city sitcom Courting Alex
, which ran for only one season. After spending a couple more years away from the small screen, Elfman attempted another TV comeback in 2009 with the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose
, which cast her as a movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand.Jenna Elfman Fast Facts:
- Started dance lessons at the age of 5.
- Began her acting career in commercials, appearing in ads for Sprite and Clearasil, among others.
- Performed as a dancer on a 1994 ZZ Top tour and in videos for Depeche Mode and Anthrax.
- Made her big-screen debut with a small role in the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).
- Lent her voice to the animated films CyberWorld (2000) and Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004).
- Uncle-in-law is composer Danny Elfman.
- Jenna Elfman Relationships:
- Debbie Butala - Sister
- Sue Butala - Mother
- Bodhi Elfman - Husband
- Richard Butala - Father
- Rick Butala - Brother
- Tony Butala - Uncle
- Story Elias Elfman - Son
- Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman - Son
- Jenna Elfman Awards:
- 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
- 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- Attended California State University, Northridge, CA