Erika Eleniak, Playboy’s Miss July 1989, is a true California girl. Best known for playing Shauni McClain on Baywatch, she was born in Glendale, California, graduated from Van Nuys High School, and started acting as a child. Erika appeared in a Star Wars Underoos commercial when she was 10 and had a small role in E.T. She played the girl Elliott kisses.
Erika joined the original cast of Baywatch in 1989 and acted on the show for two years. After Baywatch she had roles in Under Siege, The Beverly Hillbillies, Chasers, A Pyromaniac’s Love Story, and Bordello of Blood. She has also appeared on the TV shows Brooklyn South, Fantasy Island, CSI: Miami, and Desperate Housewives. Erika’s reality TV experience includes the shows The Real Gilligan’s Island and Celebrity Fit Club.
In a 1989 interview Erika described her ideal weekend to Playboy: “going to the Colorado River with my honey. We’d have lots of fun in the sun, wild nights, and when we were together, endless laughter.” Erika is turned on by “water, cool sunny days, sunsets, the beach, happy people, holidays, and chocolate-covered strawberries.” She’s turned off by “smog, complainers, narrow-minded people, drugs, arguing, and traffic!”
Erika lives in Los Angeles with her daughter Indyanna.