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Jenna Elfman

Dharma Finklestein Montgomery in Dharma and Greg

Photos Jenna Elfman Birth name: Jennifer Mary Butala
Birth date: 1971/09/30 (51 years old)
Birth place : Los Angeles
Height: 1.78 m

French Traduire

Biography for Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, and began her career appearing in commercials. She studied with Milton Katselas, the renowned acting teacher. She then began appearing in TV shows before landing the role of Dharma in the hit ABC television show "Dharma & Greg" (1997).

Her first starring role in a film was in Krippendorf's Tribe (1998), alongside Richard Dreyfuss. She won a Golden Globe award for her role in "Dharma & Greg" and has since appeared in such films as Keeping the Faith (2000) and Edtv (1999).

Jenna Elfman of her real name Jennifer Mary Butala, is an American actress and producer born September 30, 1971 in Los Angeles.

She began her career young by turning in advertising spots; Then, to give herself every chance to succeed in the showbiz, she studies dramatic art with one of the most renowned teachers in the profession, Milton Katselas.

Her career as an actress takes off very slowly, when she begins to appear in shows and television series; Then it was success with the series "Dharma and Greg", which, in 1997, reveals it in the eyes of all, in many countries. She also receives a Golden Globe for her role as Dharma in the series.

Her first appearance in a film was made the year after, in "La tribe des Papuous", where she plays alongside Richard Dreyfuss. Then she appears in films such as "" In 1999, or in the comedy of and with Edward Norton, "In the name of Anna", in 2000, in which we also find Ben Stiller.

Jenna Elfman is an American actress born September 30, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. She started her career in the 1990s by playing in television series such as "Townies" and "Ed". Her best known role is that of Dharma in the television series "Dharma and Greg", for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1999.

Elfman also played in films such as "Krippendorf's Tribe" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action". She also lent her voice to cartoons such as "Dumbo" and "My Little Pony: The Movie".

Apart from her acting career, Elfman is also a member of the Scientologist religion and engages in charitable activities in favor of the organization. She is married to the actor and director Bodhi Elfman, with whom she has two children.


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Title Role
Literary Superstar (2008) (TV) (pre-production)
Hanging Out Hooking Up Falling in Love (2008) (filming) Darlene
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2008) (post-production) Ophelia
Struck (2008)
Brothers & Sisters Lizzie Jones-Baker (1 episode, 2007)
Courting Alex Alex Rose / ... (13 episodes, 2006)
Touched (2005/I) Angela Martin
What's Hip, Doc? (2005) (voice) Supermodel
Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004) (voice) Dorothy
Two and a Half Men Frankie (2 episodes, 2004)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Kate
Obsessed (2002) (TV) Ellena Roberts
Dharma & Greg Dharma Finklestein Montgomery (119 episodes, 1997-2002)
Town & Country (2001) Auburn
The Tangerine Bear (2000) (voice) Lorelei
CyberWorld (2000) (voice) Phig
Keeping the Faith (2000) Anna Riley
Edtv (1999) Shari
Venus (1999) Venus
Anthrax: Return of the Killer B's Video Anthology (1999) (V) Black Lodge video character
Doctor Dolittle (1998) (voice) Owl
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (uncredited) The Angel
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) Prof. Veronica Micelli
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Tanya
The Single Guy Jordan (1 episode, 1997)
Townies (1996) TV series Shannon Canotis (unknown episodes)
Her Last Chance (1996) (TV) Leslie
Almost Perfect Becky Toll (1 episode, 1996)
Murder One Angela Scalese (1 episode, 1996)
NYPD Blue Patty Snow (1 episode, 1996)
Roseanne Garland (1 episode, 1995)
The Monroes Lily (1 episode, 1995)
Pointman Mary Ellen (1 episode, 1995)
The George Carlin Show Psychedelic girl (1 episode, 1994)
Double Deception (1993) (TV) (as Jenna Butala) Lisa Majorski
Freshman Dorm Tina (1 episode, 1992)
Murder, She Wrote Ballet Dancer in background (1 episode, 1992)


Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.

Is a classically-trained ballet dancer.

Graduated from Los Angeles High School for the Arts, class of 1989. She was senior class representative (dance dept), on Student Arts Council.

She started taking classical ballet at the age of five, but by nine, she suffered a serious ankle injury, and at age 12, the tendon came off the bone. She later gave up ballet at the age of 16.

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), however, she failed to receive a nomination.

Is of Croatian heritage.

Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.


Spouse : Bodhi Elfman (18 February 1995 - present) 1 child

Niece of singer Tony Butala, who founded and performs with the vocal group The Lettermen.

Daughter-in-law of Richard Elfman and Marie-Pascale Elfman.

Niece of Danny Elfman and Bridget Fonda.

At age 35, she gave birth to her first child. Son, Story Elias, was born July 23, 2007 in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs, 2 oz.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 04/07/2008 by abdest

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