If you’re anything like me, you’ll take a degree of interest in the evolving careers of actors and singers.

Sure, I like to witness how their talents develop and how their projects grow and differ over the years, but I also get a burst of nostalgia every time I see a star – either on-screen or via general internet scrolling – that I remember from my youth.

That happened to me recently when I came upon a certain actress and model that I hadn’t seen in years. In the ’80’s and ’90s’, Erika Eleniak graced our TV sets through appearances in numerous series, stealing the hearts of many and making it rather difficult to look away.

Through the years, Erika worked as a model before becoming a mainstay in Baywatch. She also featured in minor roles in such projects as Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Blob, The Beverly Hillbillies and Chasers.

Somehow – and no, I don’t quite believe it either – the blonde bombshell recently turned 53 years old!

So what is she doing these days? Has she retained that radiant beauty? Here’s all you need to know about Erika Eleniak …

Erika Eleniak was born on September 29 in Glendale, California. She has Ukrainian heritage on her father’s side, while her mother is of Estonian and German descent.

For some future stars, it’s a long time before they realize that they have the ambition to get in front of a camera and perform for others, but it would appear that Eleniak’s potential was clear from an early age.

At just 12, she landed her very first feature-film role when she appeared in the 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. It was a small role and required only that she be kissed by the film’s main character, Elliott, in the classroom scene.

Even so, it paved the way for a string of other appearances, which though minor, would lay the groundwork for bigger roles later on.

At 18, Erika played the role of Vicki De Soto, a victim of the creature in 1988 horror film The Blob. She then went on to get work in the 1993 film adaption of The Beverly Hillbillies, starring as Elly May Clampett, and played the girlfriend of John Stamos’s Jesse in a 1990 episode of Full House.

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