Marilu Henner Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowski, commonly known as Marilu Henner, (April 6, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Elaine Nardo in the television series Taxi. She also appeared in Man on the Moon (1999), a film about her Taxi co-star Andy Kaufman as both herself and as her Taxi character. From 1990 through 1994 she appeared opposite Burt Reynolds in the TV show Evening Shade, which also starred Ossie Davis and Hal Holbrook. Henner has established many other acting credits, including playing Roxie Hart in a Broadway revival of Chicago.
Henner is currently known best as a health advocate. She has authored 6 books on diet and health, the most prominent being Total Health Makeover, in which she explains the virtues of a non-dairy diet in conjunction with food combining & exercise.
Several years ago, during an interview on the late-night NBC program LATER, she revealed that she can remember what she did on any given date in the past. When the host, Bob Costas randomly chose the night that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon she was briefly dumbstruck before revealing that she had lost her virginity that night in the shower.
Henner was raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She has two children, Nicholas Morgan and Joseph Marlon. In 2005 Marilu was the host of America's Ballroom Challenge. Ballroom dancing has been part of Ms. Henner's life ever since her childhood in Chicago. Her mother, Loretta Henner, was president of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts and ran the Henner Dance School, "disguised as a three-car garage", in a northwest Chicago neighborhood for 20 years. Marilu took her first dance class at age two and, like all the Henner children, began teaching classes herself at 14. She went on to study with the Illinois Ballet Company before going into theater.