Erika Eleniak was born from Canadian father (with Ukrainian descent) and mother with Estonian and German ancestry. She is the eldest of five children and faced early parental separation. At the end of 1970 the father introduces her in show business making them take part in a TV ad for baby clothes. She made her film debut 12 years with the film E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial, where she serves as the girl kissed by Elliott at school. This film is of course famous for the role of another child later become great actress, who is Drew Barrymore.
She enrolled in the Robert Fulton Junior High School and become regulars of the party held in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, therefore beginning to use alcohol and drug. In this difficult period she receives the help of Steve Ferguson, a quadriplegic boy, who helps to detoxify and convinces her to come in Alcoholics Anonymous in 1988. Erika gets engaged with him and their relationship lasts until marriage of the mother with Eleniak’s father Ferguson.
Become famous, appearing in the first three seasons of the TV series Baywatch. In Baywatch she plays the role of Shauni McClain. In 1997 she met Philip Goglia, who married on March 10, 1998. During their relationship Erika Eleniak used the name Erika Eleniak-Goglia.