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FactHer middle name is Kawehilani, means "the morning mist from heaven" in Hawaiian. Her father is a doctor of Danish descent and her mother is Hawaiian with distant English and French strains.


Who is Maren Jensen and what happened to her?

Maren Kawehilani Jensen was born on 23 September 1956, in Glendale, California USA, so she is 61 years old and her zodiac sign is Virgo. Maren is best known as the actress who played Lieutenant Athena in “Battlestar Galactica”, and Martha Schmidt in “Deadly Blessing”. The actress hasn’t been active in the Hollywood business since 1984, however, she served as the production designer for “The Ace”. Speaking about her height, she is 170 centimeters tall (5ft 7 ins), but we have no further information regarding the rest of her body measurements. Judging from the photos available on the internet, she has an astonishing figure and certainly looked stunning back in the day.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Maren Jensen as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this actress has net worth of over $1 million, with her wealth being accumulated largely from her seven years-long career in the previously mentioned field. However, any further information regarding her assets, such as houses and cars hasn’t been disclosed.

Early Life and Education

Maren was a student of the Herbert Hoover High School from 1971 to 1974, and having matriculated, she went on to study at UCLA, majoring in theatre arts during the three years she spent at the mentioned university. She also appeared in college productions, and speaking about that, she admitted that she did “absolutely nothing professional, not even the California equivalent of off-off-off Broadway”. However, shortly afterwards, she began working as a model, and appeared in magazines such as “Cosmopolitan” and “Seventeen”. Later on, Jensen was introduced to Barbara Gale, an agent, and was reportedly surprised with her enthusiasm.

Acting Career: The Beginning

Maren made her acting debut with the role of Maryann Dalton / Teri Turner in “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” in 1978, and in the same year portrayed Lieutenant Athena in “Battlestar Galactica”, the movie, and would later on portray the same character in the television series of the same title. Working on the mentioned critically acclaimed movie, the actress had a chance to collaborate with actors such as Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene and Herbert Jefferson Jr., and thanks to the prominent role she played, Maren was able to gain recognition with the audience and make a name for herself.

Latter Career

Jensen then began portraying Lieutenant Athena in “Battlestar Galactica”, the television series based on the movie of the same title, which she continued working on over the course of a year and 21 episodes, with the series allowing her to gain even more fame, especially as it was nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won two Primetime Emmy awards. In 1979, she landed the role of Diana, one of the main characters of “Beyond the Reef”, an adventure romance movie, and concurrently played the role of Sharon Patrick / Suzanna Wells in three episodes of “The Love Boat”, remaining in the series for a year. After that, Maren played Martha Schmidt in “Deadly Blessing”, a horror movie which focuses on the life of a widow, whose husband dies in mysterious circumstances. The movie was made by Wes Craven, a horror movie legend, and Jensen was opposite actors such as Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner and Jeff East.

Husband and Family

Jensen was in a relationship with singer-songwriter Don Henley for a long time, and in 1982 when he released his first album, it was dedicated to her; she is also credited for “Harmony Vocals” on the song “Johnny Can’t Read”, and in 1984 she made an appearance in his video for the song entitled “Not Enough Love in the World”. The couple were engaged at one point, but they separated shortly afterwards, however, she helped him establish The Walden Woods Project in the early ‘90s. Later on, she is reported to have married activist John Kugelberg, but their relationship apparently fell through as well. During the time they spent together, the media had little information on their personal life, as they tried to keep it behind closed doors. Reportedly, the actress resides in the New York metro area, but occasionally she lives in Los Angeles.

Facts

#Fact
1Became one of the first people in Hollywood to suffer the debilitating effects of Epstein-Barr syndrome (in the 1980s). She has since recovered, but has left show business behind her. [December 2003]
2Had a relationship with Eagles lead man Don Henley for a while back in the early '80s and was featured in his video for the song "Not Enough Love in the World" in 1985. She also sang backup vocals on his song, "Johnny Can't Read".
3She is a middle child with a brother, Dana, who is five years older and a sister, Kathleen who is seven years younger than her.
4Her middle name is Kawehilani, means "the morning mist from heaven" in Hawaiian. Her father is a doctor of Danish descent and her mother is Hawaiian with distant English and French strains.
5She worked as a waitress, pizza maker, usherette and computer operator before becoming an actress.
6Attended UCLA.
7She was a top fashion model before appearing on Battlestar Galactica (1978). She writes music, plays piano and roller skates in her spare time.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deadly Blessing1981Martha Schmidt
The Love Boat1979-1980TV SeriesSharon Patrick / Suzanna Wells
Fantasy Island1980TV SeriesValerie
Beyond the Reef1979Diana
Battlestar Galactica1978-1979TV SeriesLieutenant Athena
Battlestar Galactica1978Lieutenant Athena
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1978TV SeriesMaryann Dalton / Teri Turner

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ace2016Short completed

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alan Hamel Show1979-1980TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Dramatic Television Show
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Battle of the Network Stars V1978TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remembering 'Battlestar Galactica'2004Video documentaryLieutenant Athena (uncredited)
Working with the Daggit of 'Battlestar Galactica'2004Video documentary shortLieutenant Athena (uncredited)
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack1979TV MovieLieutenant Athena

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

1 Comment

  1. If you did your research you would know that the older woman above on the left is NOT Maren. They share the same name, but that’s all. She is an author living in South Africa.

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