Andrea Elson is a professional yoga instructor and former teenage actress, whose ticket to fame was her role as Lynn Tanner in the hit TV comedy series in the 1980s, “ALF”.
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Early life and family
Andrea Hope Elson was born on March 6, 1969 in New York City, USA, so her zodiac sign is Pisces and Aquamarine is her birthstone. She and her sister, Samantha, were raised largely in Westchester, New York, by their parents, Stephen and Elinor, but they moved to different cities because of her father’s job in advertising, including about four years in San Diego, California, when she grew up.
She discovered her love of performing when she was chosen to star in a school play“Alice in Wonderland.”
Andrea started very young as a model and actress; she appeared in quite a few TV commercials and print ads before venturing into acting. During her family’s stay in California, growing up, she acted in locally produced plays in the community where they lived. Her parents eventually decided to move to Los Angeles permanently. With an agent, she was able to get more commercial modeling contracts professionally and eventually an acting role in the TV series “Simon & Simon” at age 12.
A guest appearance on another TV show, “Silver Spoons,” happened the following year.
At the age of 14 she was offered a role in ‘Whiz Kids’, an American sci-fi adventure program. She played Alice Tyler, who solved mysteries with her friends, along with the main character played by Matthew Charles Labyorteaux. It aired on CBS for a season from 1983 to 1984, and although it only ran for 18 episodes, viewers noticed Andrea, and she began to gain a following that saw her appear on the covers of popular teen magazines in the ’80s, such as as Bop, Teen Beat and 16 Magazine.
A few years after the cancellation of “Whiz Kids”, Andrea auditioned for a part in another American sci-fi comedy TV series, “ALF”, which stands for Alien Life Form. She won the role of Lyn Tanner, the daughter of a middle-class family who adopted an alien they named “ALF.” – the series revolved around hiding the alien from the community and the government. The show aired on the NBC network and this time Andrea was part of a TV series that ran from 1987 to 1990, running for four seasons with 102 episodes. Unfortunately for the show’s avid fans, the last episode shown had a cliffhanger, but the network decided to shorten the series anyway.
The popularity she gained from being a part of “ALF” led to many roles in both television and movies. She went on to be part of more than a dozen projects, but the most notable were “Who’s the Boss” with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano in 1990, “Married with Children” with Ed O’Neill and Christina Applegate in 1993, and “Mad about You” with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt in 1994.
After a year of not appearing on television, Andrea reappeared in 1996 in “Step By Step” with Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Sommers, but over the next two years Andrea went into hibernation again and people thought she would never be seen again. television again. However, she was then featured on one of TV’s longest-running daytime shows, “The Young and the Restless,” for a two-day guest appearance in 1998, but then finally retired from her acting career at age 29.
As a yoga studio owner
Andrea began teaching yoga in 2009 after earning her Yoga Teacher Training certification from Judith Hanson Lasater of The Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and a year later she founded her own yoga studio, Grass Valley Yoga. She continued to study this spiritual discipline by earning more teaching certifications from the Foundations of Svaroopa Yoga and The Yoga Shack.
In 2016, she sold her business when her family decided to move to the Central Coast, but she eventually launched another yoga studio called Yoga Village. In addition to offering her services as an instructor, she also conducts Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings for those interested in teaching and yoga retreats around the world.
Andrea married Scott Hopper in 1993; she met him on the set of the TV series ‘ALF’. He was then a production assistant and was commissioned to provide her scripts. During an interview, she said she was instantly in love with Scott. She became pregnant with their oldest, Claire, in 1997, which was the main reason for her TV disappearance for a few years. Less than six weeks after giving birth, she returned to TV in “The Young & the Restless” with a breast pump and a nanny on set to help care for the baby. She then realized that she needed to step out of the spotlight and focus on motherhood. She and her husband currently live with their two children in Arroyo Grande, California.
- During the second season of “ALF” Andrea developed Bulimia, an emotional disorder in which she ate too much and then followed with self-induced vomiting — she was depressed about her developing body, because she wanted to stay slim. No one had a clue about her problem as she was always perky and happy in the set. Even after the show ended, she was obsessed with keeping herself thin by spending several hours in the gym every day. It was her husband who confronted her and in the end even without professional help she was able to overcome it when she became pregnant. She now focuses on being healthy rather than just wanting to be thin.
- The mood on the set of the TV series “ALF” was always tense, because the actors became exhausted when filming scenes with the doll. For most it was too tiring as they were filming about 25 hours for a 30 minute show. The actors were so professional about it that no one outside the set knew about the tension, or how screwed up the set was at the time.
She received an Exceptional Young Actress in a New Television Comedy Series nomination in 1986 from the Young Artist Award (formerly called Youth in Film Award) for her role as Lynn Tanner in “ALF.” In 1989, she received another nomination from the same awarding body for the same role in the Best Young Actress in a Television Comedy Series category.
As a yoga instructor, she keeps her body in top shape. She is 1.73 m tall and weighs about 56 kg. She is white, with brown hair and green eyes.
As of early 2020, sources estimate her net worth at over $1 million, largely cleared of her acting career and her yoga business.