Name: Erika Eleniak
Date: September 29 1969
Birth Place: Glendale California, USA
Height: 5' 5''
Occupation: Actress, Model
Erika Eleniak was born on 29 September, 1969 in a small
suburb of Los Angeles called Glendale. Her great grand-father
who was of Ukrainian descent, gave her, her name. Her
parents divorced soon after her birth.
When Erika was around ten years old, her father (whose
dreams of becoming an actor proved unsuccessful) was
going out with a woman who worked in film production.
She helped Erika on the way to becoming an actress,
and Erika started out by modelling for a children's
clothing label. When she moved into adolescence she
was appearing in advertisements for shampoo and motorcycles.
But Erika was slowly beginning to get in the alcohol
and drugs scene. Erika's chance of salvation from this
cycle came at seventeen when she met Steve Ferguson
by chance on a Santa Monica beach. When she was eighteen,
Steve signed her up to Alcoholics Anonymous and even
helped her through detoxification. However Steve and
Erika's relationship became complicated when Steve's
father Robert married Erika's mother. There was talk
of Erika marrying Steve, but she never did.
In 1989 when Erika was twenty she asked Steve to put
her in contact with a Playboy photographer, as she wanted
to appear in Playboy. The photographer accepted Erika,
and she appeared in the July 1989 issue of Playboy in
a series of provocative photos on nautical studies.
The year of 1989 proved to be a very important year
in Erika's life. She won the role of Shauni McClain
in the Baywatch television series which would bring
her international fame.
While working on the series, Erika met Billy Warlock
who played Eddie Kramer on the show. Neither of them
were single, but their friendship began to slowly turn
into love. In fact, he was the reason that Erika left
the show after only two seasons. But their relationship
eventually fizzled out, perhaps because Billy confessed:
"I can't bear anyone else to see her body".
Erika's return to the movie scene was impressive. In
1992, she was once again bought to public attention
in the movie "Under Siege" with Steven Seagal.
The film was a major success. She was later seen in
"Chasers", with a scene that seemed to make
an impression on most of the male population of the
United States. Her partner in this film, William McNamara,
was also her partner in life at the time. Erika soon
filmed another movie with William called "A Girl
in the Cadillac".
After Erika and Williams relationship ended, she was
quoted as saying: "I go out a lot with many different
friends, but there isn't one that I would want to marry.
Yet, I would like to get married. I can easily imagine
myself living on a ranch in Montana with a family."
Meanwhile, Erika was still filming. She was in "Bordello
of Blood", "Panic in the Park" and "87th
Precinct: Heatwave". Then in 1997 she met Philip
Goglia and the two got married in the beginning of March,
Erika's latest films are Second to Die where she played
Sara, and The Opponent in which she played Patty. Both
movies were released in 2000.