Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman


9/30/1971, Los Angeles, California (USA)

Birth Name

Jennifer Mary Butala



Also Known As

Jenna Butala
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Jenna Elfman brings a distinctive method of performing to her varied film and television roles, aptly combining a heightened sense of wit and liveliness with beauty and intelligence.

She is currently staring in CBS's 'Accidentally on Purpose'

She is best known for her role in 'Dharma…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jenna's most memorable moment in Dharma and Gregg was an episode where she played drums with Bob Dylan.

    • Jenna's first-ever TV series is a short-lived ABC comedy called Townies which also starred Lauren Graham and Molly Ringwald.

    • Jenna appeared on the cover of 2007 Summer issue of Plum Magazine. In the magazine she talked about her pregnancy and motherhood.

    • Jenna and her husband were among the guest that attended Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding.

    • Jenna and her husband were in a video called "Mama Jams."

    • Jenna appeared in the Chris Isaak music video "Somebody's Crying".

    • Jenna and Bodhi Elfman welcomed there first child on July 23, 2007. They named their baby Story Elias Elfman.

    • On July 17, 2006 Jenna attended a ceremony re-naming the Balcony Theatre in memory of Carol Burnett's daughter, Carrie Hamilton, at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.

    • Jenna speaks at her high school alma mater, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Telling them about her personal journey from dancing to acting, setting career goals, staying true to yourself, and honoring your passion for the arts.

    • IMAX and Dreamworks joined forces to put out a three dimensional venture, titled Cyberworld. A mosaic of eight animated features designed for 3-D viewing. Jenna was the voice of 'Phig', a computer generated emcee who guides the audience through the animated chronicles.

    • Jenna was featured in the spring 2006 edition of In Style Home magazine.

    • CBS searched for a writer to team up with Jenna to pen a personalized script just for her. After finding what they thought was the perfect combination of writers, they created Courting Alex.

    • Jenna spoke in Canada at a non-religious criminal rehabilitation program that she works with, called Criminon.

    • Jenna was nominated three times for an Emmy Award and nominated three times for a Golden Globe, with one win, for Dharma & Greg.

    • Jenna lists her favorite comedians as: Lucille Ball, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Izzard.

    • Jenna was involved with choosing the cast member who played Greg, in her hit sitcom Dharma & Greg.

    • Jenna wears a diamond in her pierced belly button.

    • Jenna has a tattoo of a peace sign on the inside of her ankle.

    • Jenna and her husband are practicing Scientologists. He introduced her to the religion shortly after meeting her.

    • Jenna performed in the Broadway musical Nine as a replacement cast member in 2003.

    • Jenna attended college at Cal State Northridge, with drama as her major.

    • Jenna wanted to become a nun as a child, and had a crush on her priest at church.

    • Jenna bought Madonna's Hollywood Hills mansion for four million dollars.

    • She is 5' 10" (1m78 ).

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

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

    • She studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.

    • Is a classically-trained Ballerina. 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 actually came off of the bone. She gave up ballet cold-turkey at the age of 16.

  • Quotes

    • Jenna: Scientology is going nowhere. I will tell you that right now, because it works and so many people are helped by it. The people who have been helped aren't going anywhere because they know it's true for them.

    • Jenna: I was raised well enough to have an appreciation of myself and know that you have to be well-rested and well-fed to get anything done.

    • Jenna: I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school and I married a Jew so I have both sides. I don't joke and degrade about religions, and I don't appreciate other people doing it, either.

    • Jenna: And as a character, what I found very inspiring about playing Dharma, especially at that time, is that the women on television were more neurotic than they were free. And I thought, this is a rare bird and this is unique on television and I think it's really refreshing.

    • Jenna: (on doing Dharma and Gregg) It was the most pleasurable thing I've ever done, playing this character, and I just remember feeling so at home and so - I don't know, I was just happy - and it just wasn't ever work!

    • Jenna: What a beautiful upbringing. Whether it's hippie or regimented, I was brought up similarly. Not hippie - my parents were not hippies - but they were very supportive and encouraging, and that does a lot for someone, and it gives them a lot of confidence.

    • Jenna: I was never anorexic because I saw too much of that going on around me, and I was raised well enough to evaluate what that was when I was thirteen. I tried for a day to eat only an apple, and I couldn't do it. I went home and ate my dinner.

    • Jenna: I have been styling my own hair since I was four years old, when I used to put it in pony tails, or make Princess Leia buns. I wouldn't even let my mom do my hair, and I still don't let anyone else touch it to this day. I cut, color, style, and spray my own hair, on all sets and shoots, that's just the way it goes. I get way too nervous when someone else starts to mess with it.

  • Jenna, how many chances is this chick going to get?

    Dharma and Greg was a terrible show and she was the worst thing on it.. She was not "quirky" she was annoying. IF the show was focused on Greg's parents instead of a loud mouth know it all, it could have been great. Greg's father was hilarious and his Mom was sexier than Dharma. Now she has a new show, again, and I am just as sure that it will flop as I am that she will get another show after it for some reason. Why are some stars allowed to fail over and over, like Jenna, Christina Applegate, and Matthew Perry, while more taltented people, like Norm Macdonald and the whole cast of Community seem to just fade away? Go to Hell Jenna Elfman, and take Jennifer Aniston, Chelsea Handler , and the mom from Malcom in the Middle with you.moreless
  • Great on Dharma and Greg.

    Like her in the movie EDTV.