Real name: Erika Eleniak
Birthdate: September 29, 1969
Partner: Philip Goglia
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Erika Maya Eleniak (born September 29, 1969) is an American Playboy Playmate and actress, perhaps best known for her role in Baywatch.
During her teenage years, Eleniak became a regular on the San Fernando Valley party circuit and she began to use alcohol and drugs regularly. Steve Ferguson, a quadriplegic who socialised in the same circles as Eleniak, helped curtail her problem by introducing her to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1988 and helping her through her detoxification. Eleniak dated Ferguson for awhile and there was talk of an engagement, but the relationship ended and her mother, Iris, ended up marrying Ferguson's father instead.
In 1992 Eleniak returned to film acting, playing Jordan Tate, a Playboy Playmate hired to do a striptease for the captain of a U.S. Navy ship, in Under Siege, a film that was one of the year's biggest hits. In the film, she is described as "Jordan Tate, Miss July 1989"—which is the month that Eleniak was Playmate of the Month. She plays a character that is supposed to be purely decorative but is actually intelligent, brave, and resourceful.
Eleniak continues to act. She appeared as one of the cast members of the reality television series The Real Gilligan's Island for its second season which started in June 2005.
Eleniak has exhibited various weight issues throughout her life. At one point, she was underweight due to eating disorder and was once hospitalized because of laxative abuse. In recent years she had become overweight, and in 2006 was a participant on the fourth season of VH1's reality television series Celebrity Fit Club, on which overweight celebrities lose weight as part of a competition. She lost 31 pounds over the course of the show.
After filming Snowbound in 2001 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Eleniak fell in love with the city and with Roch Daigle, a key grip who worked on the set. Having wanted to leave Los Angeles for years (and feeling that commuting to and from her other choice, Telluride, Colorado, was prohibitively difficult), Eleniak purchased a home in Calgary, in part because Daigle lived there. The two eventually married. Eleniak became pregnant in 2005, but six and a half weeks into her term, the pregnancy was discovered to be ectopic, which required emergency surgery days later. As is the case with classical ectopic pregnancies, it ended in miscarriage, but Eleniak soon became pregnant again, and bore a daughter.
Her favorite authors include James Patterson, and her favorite books include Memoirs of a Geisha and In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant. Her favorite movies include The Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Blue Bird.