Jenna Elfman is a well-known American actress and former dancer. She is most famous for her role on the hit series "Dharma & Greg," but has also appeared in such popular films through the years as "Edtv," "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," and "Friends with Benefits."
Jennifer "Jenna" Mary Butala was born on September 30, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, where she has remained for most of her life. She eventually went on to change her last name to Elfman after marrying actor Bodhi Elfman on February 18, 1995. The two met while auditioning for a Sprite commercial in February 1991. The marriage would lead to director Richard Elfman becoming her father-in-law and composer Danny Elfman her uncle-in-law.
Prior to hitting it big with her career changing role on the hit ABC comedy "Dharma & Greg," which not only kickstarted her career but garnered her numerous Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win in 1999, Jenna was a professional dancer. She got her start performing on stage with such legendary bands as ZZ Top, as well as appearing in music videos for Depeche Mode and Anthrax. She also starred in numerous commercials for brands such as the aforementioned Sprite and Clearasil.
At the end of the day, however, Jenna is known for her career in television and film. As of 2015, she has starred as a lead on six famous series, the more memorable of which include "Courting Alex," "Accidentally on Purpose," and NBC's "1600 Penn," where she played First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist. Along with her television roles, she has entertained the masses in films such as "Can't Hardly Wait," "Edtv," and "Keeping the Faith."
Along with everything she does in the entertainment industry, Jenna is also a long-time philanthropist, serving on the board of trustees for the Dizzy Feet Foundation, among working with numerous other honorable charities.