Who is Erika Elaniak?

Erika Eleniak was born on 29 September 1969, in Glendale, California, USA, and is an actress and former model, probably best known for playing the character of Shauni McClain in the television series “Baywatch”. She also has several notable film credits, including “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial”, “The Blob”, and “Under Siege”.

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The Wealth of Erika Elaniak

How rich is Erika Elaniak? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through success in her numerous endeavors. She’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1982, and has also worked with “Playboy” magazine, making her a Playboy Playmate.

Early Life and Acting Beginnings

There is very limited information when it comes to Erika’s life prior to her career as an actress, as she hasn’t shared any details regarding her family, upbringing, and educational achievements. She grew up in California which made her relatively close physically to the entertainment industry.

She got her first role as a teenager in the 1982 film “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, in which she had a kissing scene with the character Elliot. The science fiction film follows the story of a boy who helps an extraterrestrial stranded on earth, and he along with his siblings must find a way to bring him back to his home, while avoiding the government. The film was a blockbuster, becoming the highest grossing film of all time, and held that record for 11 years before it was surpassed by “Jurassic Park” – it’s considered one of the best movies of its generation. Following the film, she opted to continue her education before taking more acting roles.

Erika Elaniak

 Modelling and Rise to Fame

At the age of 19, Eleniak started doing modelling work, and quickly caught the attention of “Playboy” magazine, which signed her to work on a nautical themed pictorial. This elevated her popularity significantly as the magazine is one of the world’s best known brand, gaining particular popularity through its feature of nude and semi-nude models called Playmates. The magazine is noted for making a big contribution to the sexual revolution.

Around the same time, she was given a recurring role in “Charles in Charge”, and continued to expand her reach and rose to greater prominence when she was cast as one of the female leads in the TV series “Baywatch”. She played the role of Shauna McClain for a total of three years, in the show which follows lifeguards of Los Angeles County, who work patrolling the beaches of the area. While working on the show, she also had a guest appearance in “Full House” playing the role of the high school girlfriend of John Stamos’ character. After her run with “Baywatch”, she was cast as a Playboy Playmate in “Under Siege”, performing striptease in the film.

Latter Career

In 1993, Erika worked on an adaptation of “The Beverly Hillbillies”, in which she had the starring role of Elly May Clampett. The following year, she starred in the film “Chasers” alongside William McNamara – the comedy film is known to be the last directing effort of Dennis Hopper, and it is about two US Navy shore patrollers who must escort a beautiful prisoner. In 1995, she appeared with McNamara once more in “Girl in the Cadillac”, before working on the interactive video game entitled “Panic in the Park”, in which she played the dual role of identical twins.

She worked on several independent films over the next few years, and in 2005 forayed towards reality television, appearing in “The Real Gilligan’s Island”. The TBS show was filmed in the Mexican Caribbean, and follows contestants as they try challenges based on the television show “Gilligan’s Island”, which aired during the 1960s. She also participated in the fourth season of “Celebrity Fit Club” due to her problems with weight – naturally the series follows overweight celebrities as they try to lose weight. One of her latest projects was a guest appearance in the television show “Desperate Housewives”. She also continues to do independent work.

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Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, it is known that Elaniak was engaged to her “Baywatch” love interest and co-star Billy Warlock, but that was as far as it went. In 1998 she married Philip Goglia in a marriage that lasted for only six months before the two divorced. In 2001 she began dating a key grip crew member named Roch Daigle while she was filming “Snowbound”; they later settled in Calgary, Alberta and the two married. In 2005, she had an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in a miscarriage. She later became pregnant once more, and this time, was able to deliver with no complications.

Similar to numerous actresses, she is active online through accounts on social media. She has around 18,000 followers on the website Twitter, on which she posts a lot of throwback photos, also photos alongside her child, and gives updates to some of her recent life events. Another account she has is on Instagram on which she has over 20,000 fans, posting similar photos to that of her Twitter, while also posting other photos which can only be seen there. She also promotes her blog through both accounts, but on which she only posts a few times each year – her last post was in June 2019.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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