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Jenna Elfman

Jenna ElfmanJenna Elfman, born on September 30th in 1971 in Los Angeles, California is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her roles as Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery on the 1997–2002 American television sitcom Dharma & Greg and as Anna Riley in the 2000 feature film Keeping the Faith. She never ages, in fact, she gets better looking every year somehow - it's enough to make you wonder whether there just might be something to Scientology - of which she is a member.

Born Jennifer Mary Butala in California, she was the youngest of three children born to Richard Butala, a Hughes Aircraft executive and his wife Sue. Her father's younger brother is Tony Butala, the lead singer since 1958 of the American vocal trio The Lettermen. Her ethnicity is Croatian from her father's side of the family.

She is a classically trained ballet dancer who took ballet classes from the age of five and attended high school at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Afterwards she attended college at California State University at Northridge.

Elfman started out as a professional dancer, first appearing in the music video for the song Halo, by Depeche Mode back in 1990. She starred in the video for Anthrax's 1993 song Black Lodge and also danced in the video for Chris Isaak's 1995 single Somebody's Crying. She toured with the rock band ZZ Top on their 1994 World Tour as one of their "Legs Girls".

Jenna ElfmanAfter appearing in numerous national television commercials, most notably as the girl in the Honda television advertisement who said "Regular or Decaf?". Elfman landed her first prominent acting role on the short-lived 1996 American sitcom entitled Townies on ABC. Even though the show didn't get high ratings with viewers, it did impress the critics who especially noticed the performances of Elfman and co-star Lauren Graham.

This led to 20th Century Fox talking to Elfman about developing her own television sitcom. It was then that Elfman started her five-year run as Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery in the comedy series Dharma & Greg on ABC Television.

Elfman guest starred in two episodes of Two and a Half Men in 2004 and one episode of Brothers and Sisters in 2007. She made a guest appearance in the sixth episode of season four of My Name Is Earl as a cheerleading team leader. She also starred in the CBS comedy Courting Alex in 2006, as well as starred in Accidentally on Purpose for CBS three years later during the 2009–10 television season.

Unfortunately, the show was canceled after its single 2009 to 2010 season. She appeared in a supporting role in a feature film, Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, which was released in 2011. Also in 2011, she returned to do a cameo appearance on the Two and a Half Men Season 9 premiere episode reprising her "Dharma" character together with former co-star Thomas Gibson.

Jenna ElfmanElfman acted in the season finale of Shameless on April 1, 2012 and she appeared in a recurring role in the final season of Damages. Elfman played a fictional version of the First Lady of the United States in 1600 Penn, a 2013 comedy series on NBC that ran for one season.

In July 2013, Elfman was cast in the NBC comedy Growing Up Fisher as Joyce Fisher, the wife of a blind man struggling as the patriarch of a family, which will premiere mid-season of 2013–2014.

Also in July of 2013, it was announced that Jenna has a guest-starring role on the August 28 episode of the USA Network's Royal Pains as Lacy, a reformed party girl. In February of 2006, Elfman donated an hour of her time to be auctioned to the highest bidder on EBay as part of the Lunch with a Leader fundraiser, the proceeds of which benefit the work of Communities in Schools. She also participated in their auction in 2007 and 2008.

Elfman donated her lip print for a limited edition U.S. postage stamp created by Zazzle to celebrate Valentine's Day in both 2007 and 2008. Proceeds for the Kiss Stamps went to support the programs of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In February 2011, she filmed a public service announcement for The Humane Society of the United States to inspire people to donate to help animals.

Jenna ElfmanAs a criminal rehabilitation activist, Elfman has traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for criminal reform. On April 5th of 2007, she was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for her work in human rights and criminal rehabilitation at the Women Ambassadors Foundation 12th Annual Conference.

On April 9th, 2008, she was a guest at the signing of a new bill by U.S. President George W. Bush that aimed to reduce prisoner recidivism, entitled the Second Chance Act of 2007 (H.R. 1593).

In September 2008, Elfman joined the charity: the month-long "September Campaign," asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts in order to raise money to build freshwater wells in Ethiopia. She ran a second charity: Water Birthday Campaign in September 2011 to aid in funding a drilling rig for wells in Northern Ethiopia.

On January 22nd, 2010, Elfman donated her time to participate in the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon in Los Angeles, California.

Jenna ElfmanOn March 2nd of 2011, she participated in the National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America program by reading to school children in Compton, California in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Elfman walked the catwalk in The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show in New York on February 8th, 2012 to raise awareness for heart disease. The annual event is headed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. On March 6th, 2012, Elfman hosted Laugh For Sight's comedy show at The Improv in Los Angeles to benefit the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elfman met her husband, actor Bodhi Elfman, at a Sprite commercial audition in February 1991 and they married on February 18th of 1995, making director Richard Elfman her father-in-law and composer Danny Elfman her uncle-in-law.

On April 14th, 2012, Elfman hosted an environmentally friendly themed charity event at her home in Los Angeles, California for the purpose of the party's attendees learning more about the Healthy Child Healthy World "Healthy Child Party" program and Best for Babes, a breastfeeding advocacy organization.

Jenna ElfmanOn July 23rd, 2007, Elfman and her husband's first child, a son named Story Elias, was born in Los Angeles.

On September 16th, 2009, when Elfman announced she was expecting her second child, she suggested that the pregnancy would help with her role in Accidentally on Purpose. On March 2nd, 2010, their son named Easton Quinn Monroe, was born.

After reading the first paragraph of this Jenna Elfman biography the reader might get the idea that I am in possession of an uncommon passion for the woman and am expressing my own personal tastes, opinions and hopeless puppy-love struck consciousness, but I am not alone in this observation.

So, I include the following posting from Alexis Rhiannon at crushable.com which you can read at the URL below it along with photos backing up the posters statement:

Jenna ElfmanFriday Jan 11 - 1:53 pm ET
Is Jenna Elfman Is Aging Backward

"Alright, hold everything. Just stop whatever you're doing, because this needs to be addressed. Jenna Elfman is aging backward. I know she is. She has to be. Dharma & Greg ran from 1997 – 2002 and she looks exactly the same now, doing 1600 Penn, as she did then…sixteen years ago. That’s not possible! Her hair looks the same, her face looks the same, her smile looks the same. I have to assume she has some sort of time-travel device or a body that just naturally ages in reverse, because this is ridiculous. This woman is forty-one years old, and she looks exactly the same as she did when she was twenty-five and just starting out. (P.S. Yeah, Jenna was 25 when she started Dharma & Greg. My age now. Am I the only person whose mind this blows?) She probably looks the same now as she did when she was sixteen, but she wasn't famous then yet, so I can't get confirmation. What I do have is pictures that go back as to 1999 which is as far as WENN goes for her, and as you'll see, they provide all the proof you'll need. One time I thought I found a picture where she finally looked a tiny bit different, but it turned out she was just eight months pregnant. But still almost identical. Foiled again. But yeah, take a look at these pictures and cry with me over my poor lost youth that Jenna Elfman has clearly stolen and made into a face cream..."

Read the original post at: www.crushable.com


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Year Title Role Notes
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kids Mandy Park
1997 Eight Days a Week Erica
1998 The Curve Emma AKA, Dead Man's Curve
2000 Mad About Mambo Lucy McLoughlin
2002 We Were Soldiers Barbara Geoghegan
2005 The Upside of Anger Emily Wofmeyer
2006 Mission: Impossible III Lindsey Farris
2006 Grimm Love Katie
2007 Waitress Jenna Hunterson
2007 The Girl in the Park Celeste
2007 August Rush Lyla Novacek
2008 Bedtime Stories Jill
2009 Wonder Woman (voice) Video
2009 Leaves of Grass Janet
2010 Extraordinary Measures Aileen Crowley
2012 Goats Judy
2013 Austenland Jane Hayes
2013 Dark Skies Lacy Barrett
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Jessica Episode: "Grandma Was a Rolling Stone"
1993 Emerald Cove Andrea McKinsey TV series
1994 Daddy's Girls Phoebe Walker Main role (3 episodes)
1995 Married... with Children April Adams Episode: "Radio Free Trumaine"
1995 Clerks. Sandra TV film
1996 The Babysitter's Seduction Michelle Winston TV film
1996 Malibu Shores Chloe Walker Main role (10 episodes)
1996 The Lottery Felice Dunbar TV film
1997 When Innocence Is Lost Erica French TV film
1997 7th Heaven Camille Episode: "Choices"
1997 Roar Claire Episodes: "Pilot", "Banshee"
1998–2002 Felicity Felicity Porter Main role (84 episodes)
1999 CinderElmo Princess TV film
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Livy TV film
2005 Into the West Naomi Wheeler Episode: "Manifest Destiny"
2007 Scrubs Melody O'Hara Episodes: "My Turf War", "My Cold Shower"
2010–2011 Running Wilde Emmy Kadubic Main role (13 episodes)
2013–present The Americans Elizabeth Jennings Main role

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Production Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show The All New Mickey Mouse Club Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama Felicity Won
1999 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Award TV - Breakout Performance Felicity Won
2000 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress, Drama Felicity Nominated
2005 Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Magic of Ordinary Days Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Movies - Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2006 Camie The Magic of Ordinary Days Won
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Drama August Rush Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress The Americans Nominated

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