Born on 6th April 1952, Merilu is an famous American Actress. Her full name is “Mary Lucy Denise "Marilu" Henner”. She is also a producer, author and a radio host. Her role as Elaine O’Connor Nardo in Taxi is quite well known.

Personal Life

Merilu is daughter of Loretta Callis and Joseph, born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised there. Both her parents passed away at the age of near 50. She used to be known as Mary Pudlowski. She started to learn dance at the age of two and started to teach dancing lessons in her studio, at the age of 14. She went to Madonna High School and attended Chicago University for three years and later, decided to pursue acting, as her career.

In 1980, she married Fredric Forrest and after two years, they decided to get separated. The she got married to Robert Lieberman who is a producer and have 2 sons Nicholas Morgan and Joseph Marlon with him.

In 2001, they sought a divorce. She married third time to Michael Brown her collage friend. Merilu has Hyperthymesia, due to which she remember even minute details of her life that has happened in her childhood. Merilu is 64 years old and has a net worth of $12 million. She is active on Instagram by name “TheRealMarilu” and has 34.2K Follower and currently followed by 3511 people. She has participated in reality shows and donates the prize money to various charity trusts. She wrote many books on health and fitness, due to which she received National Fitness Hall of fame in 2006. Judd Hirsch was her mentor in acting career.


In 1972, she left her school and joined the national company of Grease. She originated “Marty” and played the role with John Travolta. She got her first broadway role in “Over Here!” She made her debut in Sleeper between the Lines playing a role of a Stripper.

In 1978, she got a role in TV serial ‘Taxi’. She played role of single mother named Elaine O'Connor-Nardo. This show aired for five seasons. She appeared in many movies such as Man on the Moon, Jonny Dangerously, Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero, Enemies of Laughter, Vamps etc and in many TV shows as well Grey’s Anatomy, Two and Half Men, June in January, The Crazy One, Good Behavior, Accidentally in Love and many more.

She is an author and wrote 9 books as well on Fitness and Health, few of them are Healthy Holidays, Healthy Life Kitchen, The 30-Day Total Health Makeover, By All Means Keep on Moving. She is currently hosting “The Merilu Henner Show” airs Monday to Friday on many radio channels across America. In mid of 2016 she appeared in Dancing with Stars, her partner was Derek Hough and they were eliminated in 9th week ended up on 6th place.