The American actress, Elaine Hendrix is perhaps best known for her appearances in the films “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” and “Superstar”, and the TV series’ “Dynasty” and “Paradise Lost.”

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Katherine Elaine Hendrix is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 28 December 1970, which makes her 52 years old as of 2023. She is the daughter of the former actress, Mary Elaine DePersio, and the serviceman, Thomas Hendrix who fought in the Vietnam War. Hendrix’s father was serving in Vietnam when she was born and as a result, he never contributed to her naming. Her parents parted ways when she was 15 years old. She is of Italian, Danish, Irish, and English roots. Hendrix has a brother and sister named David Maher and Stephanie Smith respectively.

Hendrix relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, with her mother, and was educated at the Northside School of Performing Arts, and  has trained in modern dancing and jazz. She later relocated to Los Angeles, California, to begin her acting career.

Facts and Hobbies

The creators of the “Mortal Kombat” films offered Hendrix the role of Sonya Blade but she didn’t accept because of her busy schedule.

In 2008, Hendrix served as an Honorary Committee member for Genesis Awards.

In her spare time, Hendrix enjoys watching films – her favorite is the 1977 epic space opera “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

Career – Dancing and Modeling

Shortly before she matriculated from high school, Hendrix was discovered by Gary Harrison Dance Co. agents during a model search, and was offered a job as a professional dancer. She later began modeling and went on to pose for various brands including Levi’s, Nike, Sun Microsystems, and Mattel. Hendrix has also worked as a dancer in various old-school rap songs for bands and artists such as M.C. Hammer, Keith Sweat, Whodini, and Cameo. Unfortunately, her early career as a dancer and model ended prematurely, after she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle. After her recovery, Hendrix relocated to Los Angeles, California, to begin her acting career.

TV Appearances

Hendrix made her TV debut in a 1992 episode of the medical sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.” In 1995, she made a five-episode appearance in the Barbara Feldon and Don Adams-starred sitcom “Get Smart”, and her next notable roles were in the Sci-Fi Channel’s “The Chronicle” (2001-2002), the fantasy family drama “Joan of Arcadia” (2003-2005), and the politically incorrect comedy “Poor Paul (2009-2011).”

In 2015 and 2016, she was cast as Ava in the musical comedy “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” in which she appeared in 20 episodes. Hendrix’s fame skyrocketed for her portrayal of Alexis Carrington Colby in the drama “Dynasty,” which follows two wealthy American families as they fight and feud over their children and fortunes. She appeared in the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the series from 2019 to 2022, and shared the screen with Elizabeth Gillies, who portrayed Fallon Carrington, and Grant Show, who appeared as Blake Carrington, among others. In 2020, Hendrix starred as Devoe Shifflet in 10 episodes of “Paradise Lost.”

Film Appearances

Hendrix made her film debut as Kelly in the 1992 movie “Last Dance.” She went on to appear in numerous other films – most notable are the 1997 comedy “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” the 1998 romantic comedy “The Parent Trap,” the 1999 comedy “Superstar,” and the 2003 superhero comedy “Inspector Gadget 2.”

Hendrix has produced and appeared in various projects, including “Tru Loved” and the short films “Twisted Faith” (2008) and “The Cloggers” (2009). Moreover, she co-produced and appeared in the 2010 comedy “Good Intentions.” Hendrix’s next appearances were in the 2015 fantasy comedy “Kids vs Monsters,” the 2018 comedy-drama “Lez Bomb,” and the 2019 drama “Adopt a Highway,” among others.

Stage Appearances

Elaine portrayed Lisa in the Off-Broadway play “It’s Just Sex,” which was performed at Actors Temple Theater, Manhattan from 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she appeared in Robert Harling’s play, “Steel Magnolias,” which was performed at the New Hop, Pennsylvania-based Bucks County Playhouse. The play was directed by Marsha Mason, who is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and starred Susan Sullivan, Patricia Richardson and Lucy DeVito.

Awards and Nominations

In 2008, Hendrix scooped the Albuquerque Duke City Shootout Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Food for Thought.” Two years later, she won a Method Fest Award for Best Ensemble for her performance in “Dear Lemon Lima.” Moreover, the actress has won the Zed Fest Film Festival Award for her performance in “The Candle,” and a Madrid International Film Festival, ES for her performance in “Low Low.” Recently in 2022, Hendrix bagged a Thrills and Chills Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Attest.”

Personal Life

Hendrix is seemingly single as of 2023. She began dating the American actor, rapper and writer David Faustino in 1995. Faustino is famous for portraying Bud Bundy in the Fox TV sitcom “Married…With Children”, and has also voiced numerous animated characters in Nickelodeon series such as “The Legend of Korra.” David and Elaine parted ways after dating for two years. Hendrix briefly dated the American film producer and attorney, Christopher J. Corabi in 2015.

Hendrix is good friends with the actress, comedienne, and TV producer, Lisa Ann Walter. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Animal Rights Activism

Elaine is a devoted animal rights activist who has served as the spokeswoman for the animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA). She has also served as a board member for Stray Rescue of St Louis, and has been at the forefront when it comes to discouraging the consumption of dog meat. In 1999, the “Dynasty” starlet rescued a stray Australian Cattle Dog named Tiloc, and during the filming of “Good Intentions” (2005), she rescued a stray cat, which had been nicknamed ‘Cornbread’ by the locals – she added ‘Goodie’ to his name in honor of the movie. In 2012, Hendrix was nominated for an Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ Humanitarian Activism Award for her work for In Defense of Animals and the Animal Rescue Corps.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Hendrix is White, and has a pair of blue eyes and long blonde hair. She stands 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-35. The actress wears dress and shoe sizes 4(US) and 8(US) respectively. One of her distinctive features is pouty lips.

Net Worth

Hendrix has become quite popular, and accumulated a good sum from her successful acting career. She’s worth approximately $2 million, as of 2023.

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