In the early 1990s, she played in advertisements. She eventually earned more work on situation comedies. In 1997, she got her most significant part to date in Dharma and Greg, and made her movie debut in Grosse Pointe Blank. Elfman’s later movie work comprises EdTV and Keeping the Faith.
She was the youngest of three kids born into a middle class family. Raised by her parents, Richard and Susan Butala, Elfman loved a carefree youth in Southern, California, where she started classical ballet training at age five. Soon after her registration, she abandoned a professional ballet career when a recurring ankle injury limited her range of movement.
The exposure led to greater chances, and she was cast in a slew of rock videos for assorted musicians, including Depeche Mode and Chris Isaak. Standing five feet ten inches tall, the striking California blond, also toured with ZZ Top as among the group’s signature “Legs” girls.
While moonlighting in rock videos, Elfman sharpened her performing abilities in the Beverly Hills Playhouse, studying under renowned acting teacher Milton Katselas. In the early 1990s, she started her acting career with appearances in dozens of national television advertisements.
Elfman eventually earned more significant work on a number of TV’s most famous situation comedies, including Roseanne and The Single Guy, along with plays like N.Y.P.D. Blue and Murder One. In 1996, she was cast as a regular on the sitcom Townies, which investigated the lives of three working girls residing in an East Coast fishing community. The shortlived show failed to do well among television viewers, however, Elfman was noticed for her part as a promiscuous server.
In 1997, Elfman got her most significant part to date – that of the free-spirited half of the husband-and-wife pair Dharma and Greg. Elfman and costar Thomas Gibson (whose conservative character, Greg, totally complimented Elfman’s enthusiastic Dharma) discussed a wonderful little-screen chemistry. The ABC situation comedy was warmly received by critics and audiences, who credited the show because of its refreshing take on modern day love story.
The next year, she got her first lead role in the unsatisfactory Richard Dreyfuss vehicle Krippendorf’s Tribe. She presented her varied abilities when she supplied the voice of an owl in the Eddie Murphy comedy Doctor Dolittle (1998).
After that year, her popularity was confirmed when she was requested to co host the Emmy Awards demo, alongside David Hyde Pierce.
In her latest work, Elfman offered capturing performances in the comedies EdTV (1999) and Keeping the Faith (2000), opposite Edward Norton and Ben Stiller. Town and Country (2000), cast her alongside a leading business comprised of Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, and Goldie Hawn. In 2003, the performer joined the cast of the Tony-winning Broadway revival Nine.
During an audition to get a Sprite commercial, in 1991, Elfman met her future husband, and fellow aspiring performer, Bodhi Elfman. Their son, Narrative Elias, was created in July 2007. Both of them are devout Scientologists.