Who is Erika Eleniak?
Erika Eleniak is an American-Canadian actress, former model and Playboy Playmate, best known for her role in the television series “Baywatch”, in which she played Shauni McClain. Eleniak has also appeared in films such as ‘ET the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘The Blob’, ‘Under Siege’ and ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’.
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Erika Eleniak Age, youth and bio
Erika Maya Eleniak was born on September 29, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States, to Dale Alan Eleniak and Iris Maya (Neggo) Arnold.
Erika has four sisters and one brother, and is the eldest daughter in the family. His uncle, Eddie Carroll, aka Edward Eleniak, is an actor and comedian. When she was a young girl, Erika was diagnosed with an eating disorder, which caused her to lose weight, a problem from which she thankfully recovered. She went to Robert Fulton Junior High in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, and graduated from Van Nuys High School. We have no information about her education after high school, so we can conclude that she did not attend college.
Erika Eleniak Career
Erika Eleniak’s career began in 1979 when she starred in numerous television, film, commercials and theater productions. Her first feature film appearance was in Steven Spielberg’s family/sci-fi ‘ET the Extra-Terrestrial’ in 1982 – credited as ‘Pretty Girl’, Eleniak appeared in the scene when she was kissed by Elliott (Henry Thomas) in the classroom. The film won four Oscars and many other prestigious accolades, and proved to be a commercial success with nearly $800 million in box office receipts worldwide.
Later in the 80s, Erika had small roles in television series such as “Silver Spoons”, “The New Leave It to Beaver” and “Boys Will Be Boys”, before appearing alongside William Shatner and Susan Blakely in the TV movie “Broken Angel” (1988), and that same year played Vicki De Soto in Chuck Russell’s horror “The Blob”, starring Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon and Donovan Leitch Jr.
Playboy and Baywatch
In July 1989, Erika Eleniak appeared in Playboy’s issue covering the nautical theme, which helped her get the role of Shauni McClain in the television series “Baywatch”, playing this role for three seasons and 47 episodes between 1989 and 1992, but quitting the show as it moved in another direction.
The series was very popular in the early 90s, not only in the United States but also around the world, and gained immense popularity for Erika, which helped her to obtain important on-screen roles in the ‘coming. In 1992, Eleniak appeared in Andrew Davis’ Oscar-nominated action film ‘Under Siege’, starring Steven Seagal, Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones, while a year later she starred in the comedy ‘ The Beverly Hillsbillies”. Eleniak was nominated for the Bravo Otto Herman Award for Best Female TV Star several times between 1990 and 1992.
The 90s were also fruitful for Eleniak, as she continued in films such as Dennis Hopper’s “Chasers” (1994), in which she starred alongside Tom Berenger and William McNamara, and again teamed up with McNamara a year later in “Girl” by Lucas Platt. in the Cadillac”, while she also starred in Gilbert Adler’s comedy/horror “Bordello of Blood” (1996). In 1998, Eleniak played the role of officer Christine Bannon in three episodes of the series ” Primetime Emmy Award-winning Brooklyn South and starred in “One Hot Summer Night” and “The Pandora Project,” starring Daniel Baldwin and Richard Tyson. Eleniak ends the decade with two films alongside ‘Ice-T: “Stealth Fighter” (1999) and “Final Voyage” (1999).
The 2000s and the latest works, where is it today?
Erika acted in many films in the early 2000s, including the sports drama “The Opponent” (2000) by Eugene Jarecki in which she plays Patty, a victim of domestic violence who becomes a boxer. The former Playboy playmate also starred in ‘Snowbound’ (2001), ‘Second to Die’, ‘Christmas Rush’ and ‘He Sees You When You’re Sleeping’ all in 2002. Erika continued with roles principals in “Betrayal” with Adam Baldwin and “The Librarians” – both in 2003 – alongside William Forsythe, and “Fatal Lessons: The Good Teacher” (2004). Eleniak ended the previous decade with “Dracula 3000” (2004), “Caught in the Headlights” (2005) and “Absolute Zero” (2006).
She wasn’t very busy in the late 2000s and the following decade, as she decided to take a break. However, she has appeared in such popular television series as Primetime Emmy Award-winning ‘CSI: Miami’ (2010) and Golden Globe Award-winning ‘Desperate Housewives’ (2010). Since 2020, Eleniak has been working on “Marilyn Monroe Back?” and “To Avenge”, and will star in both films.
Erika Eleniak net worth, height, weight and body measurements
According to sources, Erika Eleniak’s net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, as of early 2020.
In addition to her successful career as an actress, Eleniak also works as an acting teacher, while she also operates as a director of children in recovery for substance abuse and behavioral issues.
Erika Eleniak is 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) tall and weighs around 52 kg (114 lb). She had weight issues earlier in her life, but right now she is in perfect shape and her body type is curvaceous. Her hair color is blonde and she has a pair of beautiful green colored eyes.
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— Erika Eleniak (@erikaeleniak) May 23, 2020
Erika Eleniak Personal Life
Eleniak got engaged to Billy Warlock, her ‘Baywatch’ co-star, but the couple separated and she married Philip Goglia on May 22, 1998, however, after just six months, that marriage ended in a divorce. Erika then started dating Roch Daigle and even bought a house in Calgary, Alberta, where Daigle lived. They married in 2001 and Eleniak became pregnant in 2005, but six and a half weeks into her term her pregnancy became complicated and risky and ended in miscarriage. Erika and Roch are not discouraged and in January 2006, Eleniak gives birth to their daughter Indyanna.