Jenna Elfman is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Dharma Montgomery on TV”s Dharma and Greg, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress â€“ Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1999. She has also appeared in films such as Krippendorf”s Tribe, Dr. Dolittle, EDtv, Keeping the Faith, Town & Country, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Clifford”s Really Big Movie, and Big Stone Gap, and the television series Courting Alex, Accidentally on Purpose, 1600 Penn, Growing Up Fisher, and Imaginary Mary. She had a recurring role in the FX legal drama Damages in 2012, and in 2018 is a series regular on the AMC horror drama Fear the Walking Dead. Born Jennifer Mary Butala on September 30, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, to parents Sue and Richard Butala, she is of Croatian descent on her father”s side, and of English, Scottish, and German descent on her mother”s side. She started taking dance lessons at the age of 5 and became a classically trained ballet dancer. Jenna attended high school at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and graduated in 1989. She appeared in the music video for “Halo”, a song by Depeche Mode, and danced in the video for Chris Isaak”s 1995 single “Somebody”s Crying”. She made her film debut in the 1997 comedy Grosse Pointe Blank. Her first television role was on the short-lived 1996 American sitcom called Townies. She has been married to Bodhi Elfman since February 18, 1995. They have two sons.
Jennifer Mary Butala Personal Details
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Jennifer Mary Butala
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30 September 1971
Los Angeles, California, USA
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White (Croatian, English, Scottish, and German)
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Jennifer Mary Butala Family Details
Richard Butala (Hughes Aircraft executive)
Sue Butala (Housewife)
Debbie Butala, Rick Butala Others: Tony Butala (Uncle)
Bodhi Elfman (m. 1995)
Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman (Son) (b. 2 March 2010), Story Elias Elfman (Son) (b. 23 July 2007)
Jennifer Mary Butala Body Measurements
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34-24-34 in (86-61-86 cm)
34 inches (86 cm)
24 inches (61 cm)
34 inches (86 cm)
Jennifer Mary Butala Distinctive Features
Tall body frame
Jennifer Mary Butala Education
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (1989) California State University, Northridge (CSUN) (Dropped out)Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (1989) California State University, Northridge (CSUN) (Dropped out)
Jennifer Mary Butala Brand Endorsements
She has appeared in Sprite, coffee, 1996 Honda Accord, Clearasil, AT&T, and many other commercials.
She was raised as Roman Catholic.
Jenna is also a member of Church of Scientology.
Best Known For
Playing the lead role as Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery in the ABCâ€™s sitcom Dharma & Greg from 1997 to 2002. She appeared in all the 119 episodes of the show.
She appeared in 1997 comedy film Grosse Pointe Blank for her role as Tanya.
First TV Show
In 1992, Jenna appeared in CBSâ€™ mystery series Murder, She Wrote for her role as background ballet dancer in an episode titled â€œDance Diaboliqueâ€. Her role is uncredited.
Jenna is a busy lady and due to her hectic life, it becomes difficult for her to find time for exercises. Depending upon the available time, she likes to do walking, climb stairs, does strength training, hiking, dancing, etc.
Jenna does lunges while brushing her teeth, and likes to do 10 to 15 push-ups before going to bed.
She tries to eat organic whole grains, fruits, vegetables and others. She drinks lots of water and also sleeps a lot.
Jenna Elfman Favorite Things
Food – Pizza
Designer – Isabel Marant
Accessories – Rebecca Minkoff bag, Marni bracelet, Fenton / Fallon For J. Crew Necklace
Beauty Products – LancÃ´me Flash Bronzer, Epicuren After Bath Moisturizer, Olay Daily Facials Express
Dress – DVF, Halston
Shoes – Fendi, Thakoon sandals
Jennifer Mary Butala Interesting Facts
*She was born on September 30, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA. *She is a classically-trained ballet dancer. *She began her professional career as a dancer. *She is the niece of singer Tony Butala. *Visit her official website: www.jennaelfman.com