Game of Thrones might be the television king of the 2010s, pushing rating boundaries and becoming one of the biggest television franchises in recorded history but back in the 90s, that title went to Baywatch. The show about a group of lifeguards was a juggernaut back in its heyday, boasting of over 1.1 billion global viewers at some point and this prestigious position was buoyed by Erika Eleniak, who was one of the show’s most popular characters.
Erika Eleniak, an American-Canadian, has had a fulfilling career that has seen her appear in other iconic projects like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the classic movie from A-list director, Steven Spielberg. Although her popularity has waned since the 90s, she continues to appear in films and TV shows. Read all about the actress below.
Early Life and Career
Erika Eleniak was born on the 29th of September, 1969 in Glendale, California to parents of unknown identities as Erika Maya Eleniak. She was born as the eldest daughter in a family of five children; four daughters and a son. Erika’s parents are of Estonia, German and Ukrainian ancestry and they raised their daughter in the American way, through the American education system, starting with high school education at Robert Junior High before graduating from Van Nuys High School.
If she attended college, that is a piece of information that is currently unknown to the media but we know she began acting in 1980 as a child actress in the short film, Star Wars Underoos, playing the character, C-3PO Girl. Her first major credit was earned at 13 years of age with an appearance in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She made her mark in one of the most iconic scenes in the film, the classroom scene.
Following her first set of appearances in the early 80s, Erika Eleniak did not appear in any project again until the late 80s when she made a comeback with her first TV show, Silver Spoons in 1987 as Samantha. In the same year, she appeared in another show as Lynn in The New Leave it to Beaver. Erika continued her upward tick in her professional and adult acting career by starring in other projects like Boys Will Be Boys, Broken Angel, The Blob, and Charles in Charge, where she starred in a recurring role as Stephanie Curtis.
Towards the end of the 80s, in 1989, she began to appear in the show, Baywatch as Shauni McClain, appearing in a total of 45 episodes during the course of her time on the show between 1989 and 1992. She also appeared in the show’s TV Movie, Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier, reprising her role.
Since she completed her time on her most significant role yet, she has appeared in several films. Particularly all through the 90s, she made appearances in films like Chasers, Under Siege, Girl in the Cadillac, Captive, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Pandora Project and many others.
She continued her film appearances well into the new millennium and has continued to star in both film and TV shows in the latter years of her career.
Facts About The American–Canadian Actress
The early days of Erika Eleniak’s relationship history, like most people’s, was plagued with disappointment. Back in her Baywatch days, she was in a relationship with Billy Warlock, a co-star on the show that lasted all the way to an engagement. The couple were also lovers on screen and their relationship was considered to be fiction made a reality, however, that turned sour.
After her relationship with Billy Warlock ended, she dated and got married to Philip Goglia on the 22 of May 1998 but the marriage ended after just six months in a divorce.
Erika Eleniak finally found love in the arms of Roch Daigle, a key grip crew member she met while she was filming one of her films, Snowbound in 2001. The relationship proved to be so strong and perfect for Erika that she relocated from Los Angeles to live in Calgary, where Roch lived.
The couple has remained together ever since and have a child together, a daughter named Indyanna who was born in January 2006. Before she gave birth to Indyanna, she was pregnant with a baby in 2005 but it ended in a miscarriage.
Erika Eleniak’s Net Worth
With a good number of decades under her belt as an actress, there is no gainsaying the fact that Erika has made a good sum from her efforts. She has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Having always been a beautiful woman from way back in her heydays, Erika aged like fine wine and is still a beauty to behold. She has a height of 5 feet 6 inches with a body weight of 52 kg.