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Erika Eleniak Bio
Erika Eleniak (born September 29, 1969) is an American Playboy Playmate, former model and actress best known for her role in Baywatch as Shauni McClain. She also starred in the films E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Blob, Under Siege and The Beverly Hillbillies.
In 1989 when Erika Eleniak was 19, she asked Ferguson to put her in contact with a Playboy photographer. As a result, Eleniak appeared in the July 1989 issue of the magazine in a pictorial with a nautical theme.
In 1989, Eleniak had a recurring role on the TV series Charles In Charge as Charles’s girlfriend, Stephanie Curtis. That same year, she won a role on Baywatch as female lead Shauni McClain, which she played from 1989 to 1992, leaving after the second episode of Season 3. She also played Carrie, the high-school girlfriend of Jesse (John Stamos), in “One Last Kiss”, the November 16, 1990 episode of Full House.
Eleniak’s first feature film role was in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as the girl kissed by Elliott in the classroom scene. Her first film role as an adult was as Vicki De Soto, a victim of the creature in the 1988 horror remake The Blob.
In 1992, Eleniak returned to film acting, playing Jordan Tate, a Playboy Playmate hired to do a striptease for the captain of the U.S. Navy battleship, USS Missouri, in Under Siege. In the film, she is described as “Jordan Tate, Miss July 1989″—which is the month that Eleniak was Playmate of the Month in real life.
She had a starring role as Elly May Clampett in the screen adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1993. The next year, she starred in the Dennis Hopper-directed romantic comedy film Chasers. William McNamara, one of her co-stars in this film, also became her fiancé for a brief period. Eleniak went on to shoot another movie with McNamara, Girl in the Cadillac (1995). Eleniak also starred in an interactive game during 1995; she played identical twins in the 1995 video game Panic in the Park. She continued to make more independent films including A Pyromaniac’s Love Story (1995), Bordello of Blood (1996) and Ed McBain‘s 87th Precinct: Heatwave (1997), The Pandora Project (1998) with Daniel Baldwin, One Hot Summer Night (1998) with Barry Bostwick, Final Voyage (1999) with Ice-T, Stealth Fighter (1999), The Opponent (2000), Vegas, City of Dreams (2001) with Angelica Bridges, Second to Die (2002), Shakedown (2002), Snowbound (2001), Betrayal (2003) and Strike Force (2003).
Eleniak suffered from weight issues throughout her life. At one point, she was underweight due to eating disorder and was once hospitalized because of laxative abuse. By 2006, she was overweight, and became a participant on the fourth season of VH1‘s reality television series Celebrity Fit Club, on which two teams of celebrities compete to lose weight.
In 2006, she appeared on 80’s Movie and Music Fest Cafe, a British comedy podcast on iTunes, in which she discussed her career with presenters Ross Dyer and Julian Bayes. She gave a lighthearted view of Baywatch and her challenge during filming of Celebrity Fit Club.
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