Maren Jensen was indeed one of the most favorite faces that graced our TV screens during the 1970s and early ‘80s, thanks to her apt performances in movies and TV series. This thespian had a short-lived acting career before she bowed out of the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, she is not just an actress, but also a former model who plied her trade working for several notable companies. Her most remarkable role on television includes her portrayal of Athena in the 1978 hit TV series, Battlestar Galactica.
Ever since Maren disappeared from the television screens, many of her fans have been asking a lot of questions like where the model is and what she does at the moment but were left with fewer or no answers. However, we have gathered all the interesting facts you need to know about Maren Jensen including her bio, career, and family life below. Read on…
Maren Jensen – Biography
Born as Maren Kawehilani Jensen on the 23rd day of September 1956, her birth took place in Arcadia neighborhood of California. She is the daughter of a physician father and his wife who worked as a secretary at the Los Angeles Zoo. Maren holds an American nationality and belongs to Hawaiian and Danish racial background.
As a child, Jensen was bright and so talented in the works of art. It is thanks to this that she started her modeling career during her teenage years. She grew up along with her two siblings – a brother named Dana and a sister named Kathleen. She was a Straight-A student and excelled both in high school and college. The actress is an alumna of Herbert Hoover High School where she graduated from in 1974. Following her excellent academic records, Maren won a scholarship to further her studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
During her college days, the actress majored in Theatre Arts and Law. She also made several appearances in plays and other theatre productions of her school at the time. Prior to her graduation, Maren Jensen kicked off her modeling career. She worked with prominent modeling brands and equally graced the cover of top fashion magazines including Vogue, Glamour, and Mademoiselle, among others.
More so, she was introduced by a mutual friend to her agent Barbra Gale who later helped her secure commercial deals and endorsements from companies. Later on, she decided to venture into acting, hence making her first film appearance in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries in 1977.
She garnered her breakthrough in 1978 when she joined the cast of the American science fiction TV series, Battlestar Galactica. Playing the role of Lieutenant Athena, Maren Jensen made a recurring appearance on the series alongside Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict until its termination in 1979. Afterward, the actress made guest appearances on other TV show including The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She was last seen in Beyond the Reef (1980) where she played Diana and Deadly Blessing (1981) where she portrayed Martha Schmidt alongside Sharon Stone.
Like we mentioned earlier, Maren Jensen was born to Hawaiian and Danish parents who were Arcadia, California natives. There is no much detail regarding her family including her parents’ names and what they are up at the moment. However, it is common knowledge that her family is a close-knit one and she shares a strong bond with them.
On the relationship front, the actress has had her own fair share of romantic relationships. Although she was married at some point, however, her marriage didn’t last for a long before hitting the rocks. Her most publicized relationship was with the American musician and songwriter named Don Henley. The pair was together for a long time and later got engaged. Sadly, their relationship hit the rocks in 1986 and they went their separate ways, albeit they continued being friends.
Later on, Maren Jensen was said to have married a man named John Kugelberg. However, the details of their relationship and marital life still remains a mystery. Just like her first relationship, their relationship also broke apart and they eventually separated. Since then, there has not been news of Maren’s subsequent attempts in the love game to date. Meanwhile, she doesn’t have any kids from her relationships.
Where is the Model Now?
After making her last film appearance in the 1981 horror movie Deadly Blessing, Maren Jensen took a permanent hiatus from acting and has never appeared on any movies or TV shows to date. Her disappearance aroused curiosity amongst her many fans who have been itching to know where their favorite screen star is and what happened to her. However, Maren’s acting career was abruptly cut short by illness. The actress was said to have contracted a virus called Epstein-Barr Syndrome. Even though she later survived the illness, Maren decided to leave the movie industry for good.
Recently, she is said to be living her life away from the prying eyes of the media. The former actress now lives in the New York metro area but often travels to the Los Angeles metro area because of business and her family.