Jenna Elfman Net Worth

Jenna Elfman Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jennifer Mary Butala net worth is
$16 Million

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.

Jenna Elfman Net Worth $16 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.

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)
Accidentally on Purpose (2009)$125,000 /episode (2009-10)
1I'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!
2It 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.
3Playing 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.
4There'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.
5Yeah, 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.
6You 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.
7And 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.
8And 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.
9Not 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.
10And you don't want to just totally mess up the rhythm when you're playing with Bob Dylan.
11Drama is not hard for me. It just didn't seem hard.
12In comedy, something may be more absurd, but you have to believe just as much as you do when you're doing drama.
13It proved to me, though, that comedy is so much harder.
14It's such a pleasurable experience to look back, and all of the fun I had just comes rushing back.
15Like, to do a pilot, you don't know what's going to happen with it.
16The most memorable moment was playing drums with Bob Dylan.
17And 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.
18Comedy 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.
19Especially 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?
20I 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.
21I 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.
22I 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!
23I 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.
24I 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.
25I 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.
26I 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.
27Creatively, you need to go live life. As an artist, you are representing life. So you have to rub elbows and be out in it.
1Was 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]
2Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Easton in order to begin filming Friends with Benefits (2011).
3Was four months pregnant with her son Easton when she completed filming on the first series of Accidentally on Purpose (2009).
4Gave 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).
5Turned down a role in Minority Report (2002).
6Susan 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).
7Gave birth to her son Story Elias Elfman, with husband Bodhi Elfman, in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7lbs 2oz (23 July 2007).
8Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.
9Daughter-in-law of Richard Elfman and Marie-Pascale Elfman.
10She 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.
11Was 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.
12She 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.
13Niece of singer Tony Butala, who founded and performs with the vocal group The Lettermen.
14Graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, class of 1989. She was senior class representative (dance dept), on Student Arts Council.
15Is a classically-trained ballet dancer.
16Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.


Imaginary Mary2017TV Movie completed
In Bed with Tammin2016TV Series
The Perfect Stanleys2015TV MovieEllen
Gigi: Almost American - Season Two2014TV MovieYoga Instructor
Big Stone Gap2014Iva Lou Wade
Gigi: Almost American2014TV SeriesYogi Dendra
Growing Up Fisher2014TV SeriesJoyce Fisher
The Mindy Project2013TV SeriesPriscilla
Royal Pains2013TV SeriesLacy
1600 Penn2012-2013TV SeriesEmily Nash Gilchrist
Damages2012TV SeriesNaomi Walling
Shameless2012TV SeriesJill
Bad Mom2011TV MovieJulia
Matumbo Goldberg2011TV SeriesMatumba Goldberg
Two and a Half Men2004-2011TV SeriesFrankie Dharma
Friends with Benefits2011Annie
Accidentally on Purpose2009-2010TV SeriesBillie
Love Hurts2009/IDarlene
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay2009Ophelia
Special Agent Oso2009TV SeriesMom's Maya
My Name Is Earl2008TV SeriesKimmi Himler
Brothers & Sisters2007TV SeriesLizzie Jones-Baker
Best of Chris Isaak2006Video segment "Somebody's Crying" uncredited
Courting Alex2006TV SeriesAlex Rose / Bex Atwell
Touched2005/IAngela Martin
United2005Video shortJenna Elfman
Clifford's Really Big Movie2004Dorothy (voice)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action2003Kate
Obsessed2002TV MovieEllena Roberts
Dharma & Greg1997-2002TV SeriesDharma Finkelstein Montgomery
Town & Country2001Auburn
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!2000VideoLorelei (voice)
CyberWorld2000ShortPhig (voice)
Keeping the Faith2000Anna Riley
Anthrax: Return of the Killer A's: Video Collection1999VideoBlack Lodge video character
Doctor Dolittle1998Owl (voice)
Can't Hardly Wait1998The Angel (uncredited)
Krippendorf's Tribe1998Veronica
Grosse Pointe Blank1997Tanya
The Single Guy1997TV SeriesJordan
Her Last Chance1996TV MovieLeslie
Almost Perfect1996TV SeriesBecky Toll
Murder One1996TV SeriesAngela Scalese
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesPatty Snow
Townies1996TV SeriesShannon
Roseanne1995TV SeriesGarland
The Monroes1995TV SeriesLily
Pointman1995TV SeriesMary Ellen
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesPsychedelic girl
Double Deception1993TV MovieLisa Majorski (as Jenna Butala)
Freshman Dorm1992TV SeriesTina
Murder, She Wrote1992TV SeriesBallet Dancer in background
Depeche Mode: Strange Too1990Video shortTall Dancer in 'Halo' Video (as Jenna)


Accidentally on Purpose2009-2010TV Series producer - 8 episodes
Courting Alex2006TV Series producer - 10 episodes
Touched2005/Iexecutive producer
Dharma & Greg2001-2002TV Series producer - 23 episodes


Rage2008TV Series 1 episode


In Bed with Tammin2016TV SeriesHerself
4th Annual Saving Innocence Gala: Live from the SLS Hotel2015TV MovieHerself - Host
Today2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
The View2015TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Game Night2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player / Herself - Panelist
Hollywood Health Report2015TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin2015TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Bystander Revolution2014TV Series documentaryHerself
So You Think You Can Dance2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009-2014TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerself
Conan2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2013TV MovieHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011-2013TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997-2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHerself
Fashion News Live2012TV SeriesHerself
Monster Man2012TV SeriesHerself
Booking Agents2011ShortHerself
Comedy of a Sexomedy2011Video shortHerself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2010TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2010TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2010TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza2008TV SpecialHerself
Countdown to 111 Hits2008TV MovieHerself
The Merrick & Rosso Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Secret's Out2008TV SeriesHerself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Masters2007TV Series documentaryHerself
2006 American Music Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHerself
Ministry of Mayhem2004TV SeriesHerself
Great Women of Television Comedy2003TV MovieHerself
4Pop2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Player$2003TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2003TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Desilu Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2002TV SeriesHerself
My VH1 Music Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Hollywood Squares1998-2001TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Women Rock! Girls and Guitars2000TV MovieHerself
My VH1 Music Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
Howard Stern2000TV SeriesHerself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards2000Herself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye1999Video documentary shortHerself
Influences: From Yesterday to Today1999TV MovieHerself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Woodstock '991999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
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 Series
Investigative Reports1998TV SeriesHerself
The 9th Annual American Teacher Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Won Awards

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

Nominated Awards

2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - Comedy/RomanceKeeping the Faith (2000)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalKeeping the Faith (2000)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActress of the Year in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
1999American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or SyndicationDharma & Greg (1997)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
1999Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDharma & Greg (1997)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)
1998TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyDharma & Greg (1997)
1998Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesDharma & Greg (1997)

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