Jennifer Mary Butala

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Jennifer Mary Butala Wiki Biography

Jennifer Mary Butala was born on the 30th September 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA and is an actress probably best known for her role in the sitcom “Dharma and Greg” (1997 – 2002). Now under her married name Jenna Elfman, she has been active in the entertainment industry since 1990.

How much is the net worth of Jenna Elfman? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of her wealth is as much as $16 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016. Acting is the main source of Elfman’s wealth; her assets among others include a three bedroom house previously owned by Madonna, which is now valued $4 million.

To begin with, she was raised in a family of three children, by parents Richard and Sue Butala. She was educated at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and later graduated from California State University, Northridge.

Jenna started her career by turning up in commercials, so her career took off slowly, then appearing in shows and television series, mostly comedies. She landed her first lead role in the sitcom “Townies” (1996), in which she co-starred with the redhead Molly Ringwald and brown-haired Lauren Graham. The following year she debuted as the female lead role in the romantic series “Dharma and Greg” (1997 – 2002). Her performance earned the actress – among other awards – the Golden Globe, while meanwhile also starring in the comedy “Krippendorf’s Tribe” (1998), in which she played alongside Richard Dreyfuss. The success of the series allowed her to appear in the satirical comedy film “Edtv” (1999) co-produced and directed by Ron Howard, but the actress decided to focus on television, and starred in the television film “Obsessed” (2002). Afterwards, she was in the main cast of the sitcom “Courting Alex” (2006) created by Rob Hanning, which was followed by appearances on television in the family drama “Brothers & Sisters” (2007) and the comedy “My Name Is Earl” (2008). What is more, she landed the lead role in “Accidentally on Purpose” (2009 – 2010), in which she played Billie Chase. However, due to low watching ratings the series were cancelled. Following the failure, she participated in episodes of the comedy drama “Shameless” (2012) and “Damages” (2012), and her net worth was still growing.

She returned to the screens of television in early 2013 as a member of the main cast of “1600 Penn”, in which she played the wife of the USA president, played by Bill Pullman, but the series was a critical and commercial failure and was stopped after 13 episodes. The same happened the following year with the series “Growing Up Fisher” (2014), in which she played the wife of a father suffering from blindness, played by J.K. Simmons, as again the NBC cancelled the series after a season. It should be noted that the actress starred in the feature films “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay” (2009), “Love Hurts” (2009), “Friends with Benefits” (2011) and “Big Stone Gap” (2014), and most recently in 2015, Elfman landed a role in the television film “The Perfect Stanleys”.

To conclude, all the above mentioned roles have increased the total size of Jenna Elfman net worth.

Finally, in the personal life of the actress, Elfman has been married to actor Bodhi Elfman since 1995, and they have two sons.

IMDB Wikipedia “1600 Penn” (2013) “Accidentally on Purpose” (2009 – 2010) “Brothers & Sisters” (2007) “Courting Alex” (2006) “Damages” (2012) “Dharma and Greg” (1997-2002) “Growing Up Fisher” (2014) “Krippendorf’s Tribe” (1998) “My Name Is Earl” (2008) “Obsessed” (2002) “Shameless” (2012) “The Perfect Stanleys” $16 Million 1971 1971-9-30 1999 2000 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) Actress American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Bill Pullman Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress Bodhi Elfman California California State University Dharma & Greg (1997) Edtv (1999) Friends with Benefits (2011) Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (1999) Jenna Elfman Net Worth Jennifer Mary Butala Keeping the Faith (2000) Lauren Graham Libra Los Angeles Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Molly Ringwald Northridge Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1998 producer Richard Dreyfuss Rob Hanning Satellite Award for Best Actress (2000-2002) Satellite Award for Best Actress (2000) September 30 Television and film actress Townies (1996) TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy (1999 USA

Jennifer Mary Butala Quick Info

Full NameJenna Elfman
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 30, 1971
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
ProfessionTelevision and film actress
EducationLos Angeles County High School for the Arts, California State University, Northridge
SpouseBodhi Elfman (m. 1995-)
ChildrenStory Elias Elfman, Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman
ParentsRichard and Sue Butala
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress (1999), TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy (1999, 2000)
NominationsBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress (2000), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1998, 1999, 2000), American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress (2000-2002)
Movies“Krippendorf’s Tribe” (1998), “Edtv” (1999), “Obsessed” (2002),“Brothers & Sisters” (2007), “My Name Is Earl” (2008), “Shameless” (2012), “Damages” (2012), “1600 Penn” (2013), “The Perfect Stanleys”
TV Shows“Townies” (1996), “Dharma and Greg” (1997-2002), “Courting Alex” (2006), “Accidentally on Purpose” (2009 – 2010), “Growing Up Fisher” (2014)

Jennifer Mary Butala Quotes

  • I’ll probably stick to comedy for the time being. I mean, a great piece of work is a great piece of work, and I’m up for good work anytime. But I do love comedy!
  • 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! It was like a sandbox for me, and I would crack myself up rehearsing.
  • Playing in front of an audience was just such a turn-on for me, and you have 200 people in the audience and it’s like doing live theater. And filming something that goes to millions of people several weeks later, it’s an interesting dynamic.
  • There’s a power in women being women. There’s a role for men, but we don’t have to be men, because we’re women. I think that representing that on television is a cool thing.
  • Yeah, I think the common denominator – and this is probably going to sound like Acting 101 – but the common denominator is belief in the character in the moment.
  • You know, she was a girl. She was a female. And she wasn’t like, trying to compete in a man’s world and she wasn’t trying to be in a man’s position, she was just who she was. And I think that was like, a good thing.
  • 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.
  • And I’m so excited to remind people and even gain new fans who find out about Dharma – a new generation who could find out about Dharma and enjoy her and all the characters on the show.
  • 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.
  • And you don’t want to just totally mess up the rhythm when you’re playing with Bob Dylan.
  • Drama is not hard for me. It just didn’t seem hard.
  • In comedy, something may be more absurd, but you have to believe just as much as you do when you’re doing drama.
  • It proved to me, though, that comedy is so much harder.
  • It’s such a pleasurable experience to look back, and all of the fun I had just comes rushing back.
  • Like, to do a pilot, you don’t know what’s going to happen with it.
  • The most memorable moment was playing drums with Bob Dylan.
  • And you know, we did it as an independent film, and we weren’t expecting it to be on television, and Lifetime ended up buying it. And the viewers responded intensely to that film.
  • Comedy is much more challenging, because you have to have the same level of belief but you have to make people laugh, and that’s definitely a challenge.
  • Especially while television I think is going through some growing pains or is in need of – I think current comedy is a bit, uh, not happening, you know?
  • I can’t say I can foresee the future and tell the stars, you know. But I do have an understanding for my own reality, just elements and things that I’ve learned from.
  • I got good notice from that show, and on the last day of filming Townies (1996), Twentieth Century Fox called, wanting to meet with me about a development deal.
  • I just kind of understood it, and I threw my love for others and love for life into the character, and was having a blast. I loved playing Dharma. I loved it!
  • I just think it’s fun to remind people that good television has exited and it can exist again and just to give them pleasure and enjoy it and make them laugh.
  • I just think that it’s such a good show and timeless and still very funny, and that just makes me happy to have that whole first season in one concentrated space for people to enjoy so that it’s not hit and miss trying to find it in syndication always.
  • I loved that about her because I knew it would open the door for a lot of comedy, because I knew that the conflict would come, because not many people live like the way she does.
  • I think that marriage is an amazing institution and should be preserved, and you can have great marriages, and you must because sharing your life with someone is like the greatest thing. And I loved being able to set a good example for that on television.
  • Creatively, you need to go live life. As an artist, you are representing life. So you have to rub elbows and be out in it.

Jennifer Mary Butala Important Facts

  • $125,000 /episode (2009-10)
  • Was to perform on Broadway in the musical “Nine”, as a replacement for Jane Krakowski. Citing lack of proper time, she left the show during rehearsals and was replaced by Krakowski’s understudy. [October 2003]
  • Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Easton in order to begin filming Friends with Benefits (2011).
  • Was four months pregnant with her son Easton when she completed filming on the first series of Accidentally on Purpose (2009).
  • Gave birth to her son Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman, with husband Bodhi Elfman, in Los Angeles at 7.53am, weighing in at 7lbs 12oz (2 March 2010).
  • Turned down a role in Minority Report (2002).
  • Susan Sullivan, who played the mother-in-law of her character, Dharma, in the series Dharma & Greg (1997), also played the mother of her character Lizzie, in the series Brothers & Sisters (2006).
  • Gave birth to her son Story Elias Elfman, with husband Bodhi Elfman, in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7lbs 2oz (23 July 2007).
  • Was among the guests at Tom Cruise’s and Katie Holmes’ wedding ceremony in Italy.
  • Daughter-in-law of Richard Elfman and Marie-Pascale Elfman.
  • She is the daughter of Susan (Grace) and Richard Gregory Butala. Her father is of Croatian descent, and her mother has English, Scottish, and German ancestry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Niece of singer Tony Butala, who founded and performs with the vocal group The Lettermen.
  • Graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, class of 1989. She was senior class representative (dance dept), on Student Arts Council.
  • Is a classically-trained ballet dancer.
  • Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.

Jennifer Mary Butala Filmography

Imaginary Mary2017TV Movie completedActress
In Bed with Tammin2016TV SeriesActress
The Perfect Stanleys2015TV MovieEllenActress
Gigi: Almost American – Season Two2014TV MovieYoga InstructorActress
Big Stone Gap2014Iva Lou WadeActress
Gigi: Almost American2014TV SeriesYogi DendraActress
Growing Up Fisher2014TV SeriesJoyce FisherActress
The Mindy Project2013TV SeriesPriscillaActress
Royal Pains2013TV SeriesLacyActress
1600 Penn2012-2013TV SeriesEmily Nash GilchristActress
Damages2012TV SeriesNaomi WallingActress
Shameless2012TV SeriesJillActress
Bad Mom2011TV MovieJuliaActress
Matumbo Goldberg2011TV SeriesMatumba GoldbergActress
Two and a Half Men2004-2011TV SeriesFrankie
Friends with Benefits2011AnnieActress
Accidentally on Purpose2009-2010TV SeriesBillieActress
Love Hurts2009/IDarleneActress
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay2009OpheliaActress
Special Agent Oso2009TV SeriesMom’s MayaActress
My Name Is Earl2008TV SeriesKimmi HimlerActress
Brothers & Sisters2007TV SeriesLizzie Jones-BakerActress
Best of Chris Isaak2006Video segment “Somebody’s Crying” uncreditedActress
Courting Alex2006TV SeriesAlex Rose / Bex AtwellActress
Touched2005/IAngela MartinActress
United2005Video shortJenna ElfmanActress
Clifford’s Really Big Movie2004Dorothy (voice)Actress
Looney Tunes: Back in Action2003KateActress
Obsessed2002TV MovieEllena RobertsActress
Dharma & Greg1997-2002TV SeriesDharma Finkelstein MontgomeryActress
Town & Country2001AuburnActress
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!2000VideoLorelei (voice)Actress
CyberWorld2000ShortPhig (voice)Actress
Keeping the Faith2000Anna RileyActress
Anthrax: Return of the Killer A’s: Video Collection1999VideoBlack Lodge video characterActress
Doctor Dolittle1998Owl (voice)Actress
Can’t Hardly Wait1998The Angel (uncredited)Actress
Krippendorf’s Tribe1998VeronicaActress
Grosse Pointe Blank1997TanyaActress
The Single Guy1997TV SeriesJordanActress
Her Last Chance1996TV MovieLeslieActress
Almost Perfect1996TV SeriesBecky TollActress
Murder One1996TV SeriesAngela ScaleseActress
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesPatty SnowActress
Townies1996TV SeriesShannonActress
Roseanne1995TV SeriesGarlandActress
The Monroes1995TV SeriesLilyActress
Pointman1995TV SeriesMary EllenActress
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesPsychedelic girlActress
Double Deception1993TV MovieLisa Majorski (as Jenna Butala)Actress
Freshman Dorm1992TV SeriesTinaActress
Murder, She Wrote1992TV SeriesBallet Dancer in backgroundActress
Depeche Mode: Strange Too1990Video shortTall Dancer in ‘Halo’ Video (as Jenna)Actress
Accidentally on Purpose2009-2010TV Series producer – 8 episodesProducer
Courting Alex2006TV Series producer – 10 episodesProducer
Touched2005/Iexecutive producerProducer
Dharma & Greg2001-2002TV Series producer – 23 episodesProducer
Rage2008TV Series 1 episodeSoundtrack
In Bed with Tammin2016TV SeriesHerselfSelf
4th Annual Saving Innocence Gala: Live from the SLS Hotel2015TV MovieHerself – HostSelf
Today2014-2015TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The View2015TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Home & Family2013-2015TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Hollywood Game Night2014-2015TV SeriesHerself – Celebrity Player / Herself – PanelistSelf
Hollywood Health Report2015TV SeriesHerselfSelf
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin2015TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)Self
Bystander Revolution2014TV Series documentaryHerselfSelf
So You Think You Can Dance2013-2014TV SeriesHerself – Guest JudgeSelf
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009-2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The Wendy Williams Show2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Conan2013-2014TV SeriesHerself – GuestSelf
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Extra2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Rachael Ray2013-2014TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2013TV MovieHerselfSelf
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The Talk2011-2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997-2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Fashion News Live2012TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Monster Man2012TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Booking Agents2011ShortHerselfSelf
Comedy of a Sexomedy2011Video shortHerselfSelf
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2010TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2010TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards2010TV SpecialHerselfSelf
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2010TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Larry the Cable Guy’s Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza2008TV SpecialHerselfSelf
Countdown to 111 Hits2008TV MovieHerselfSelf
The Merrick & Rosso Show2008TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Secret’s Out2008TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHerselfSelf
American Masters2007TV Series documentaryHerselfSelf
2006 American Music Awards2006TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Cheers: America’s Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHerselfSelf
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf
The 32nd Annual People’s Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHerselfSelf
Ministry of Mayhem2004TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Great Women of Television Comedy2003TV MovieHerselfSelf
4Pop2003TV Series documentaryHerselfSelf
Player$2003TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Late Night with Conan O’Brien1999-2003TV SeriesHerselfSelf
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerselfSelf
The Desilu Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerselfSelf
The Rosie O’Donnell Show1999-2002TV SeriesHerselfSelf
My VH1 Music Awards2001TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf
Hollywood Squares1998-2001TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerselfSelf
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself – Presenter (uncredited)Self
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHerselfSelf
Women Rock! Girls and Guitars2000TV MovieHerselfSelf
My VH1 Music Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself – PresenterSelf
Howard Stern2000TV SeriesHerselfSelf
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself – PresenterSelf
The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards2000HerselfSelf
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHerselfSelf
Edtv: Caught in the Camera’s Eye1999Video documentary shortHerselfSelf
Influences: From Yesterday to Today1999TV MovieHerselfSelf
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself – Co-Host & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSelf
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerselfSelf
Woodstock ’991999TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHerselfSelf
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf
The 24th Annual People’s Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHerselfSelf
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself – Presenter: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and Introducing to Mel Brooks and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSelf
Investigative Reports1998TV SeriesHerselfSelf
The 9th Annual American Teacher Awards1998TV SpecialHerselfSelf
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)Self
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHerself – PresenterSelf

Jennifer Mary Butala Awards

2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actress in a ComedyDharma & Greg (1997)Won
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)Won
1999TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actress in a ComedyDharma & Greg (1997)Won
1998Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Discovery of the YearWon
2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actress in a ComedyDharma & Greg (1997)Nominated
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)Nominated
1999TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actress in a ComedyDharma & Greg (1997)Nominated
1998Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Discovery of the YearNominated