Jennifer Mary "Jenna" Elfman (born September 30, 1971) is an
American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as
Dharma on the 1997–2002 American television sitcom Dharma & Greg.
With her blonde, lanky good looks and a quirky comedic talent that brings to mind Lucille_Ball, Jenna Elfman possesses many abilities, one of which is that of making the transition from television to film. With the popularity of her ABC sitcom, Dharma and Greg, and a growing screen career, Elfman has become one of the few actresses to successfully straddle the great divide between large screen and small.
Born Jennifer Mary Butula on September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, Elfman initially trained as a classical ballerina. However, a foray into acting brought with it new opportunities and Elfman found work in various television shows before being cast in a bit role in Grosse_Point_Blank in 1997. The same year, she won the role of Dharma in Dharma and Greg and was soon being touted as one of the most exciting new actors on television. Such acclaim led to a large role in the 1998 Richard_Dreyfuss vehicle Krippendorff's_Tribe and an uncredited appearance in the same year's Can't_Hardly_Wait. 1999 brought with it Elfman's lead role in Ron_Howard's EdTV, a film that fared respectably with both critics and audiences alike. In her role as Ed's girlfriend Shari, Elfman displayed more of the comic finesse and unconventional charm that had endeared her to her television audience. Those qualities were again on display in Keeping the Faith (2000), a romantic comedy that cast the actress as the love interest of both a priest (Edward Norton) and a rabbi (Ben_Stiller).
If Elfman's last name sounds familiar, it's probably because she is related to Danny_Elfman, composer of soundtracks ranging from The_Simpsons to Good_Will_Hunting. The composer is uncle to Bodhi_Elfman, whom Jenna Elfman married in 1995. Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi