Maren Jensen

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Maren Kawehilani Jensen
Born (1956-09-23) September 23, 1956 (age 67)
Alma materUCLA
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active1978–1981
Known forBattlestar Galactica
Deadly Blessing
SpouseJohan Kugelberg

Maren Kawehilani Jensen (born September 23, 1956) is an American former model and actress, best known for portraying Lieutenant Athena in the 1978–79 television series Battlestar Galactica. Jensen also made guest appearances in several US television series, such as The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.


Maren Jensen was born in Arcadia, California, a native Hawaiian. Her father Ralph Oscar Jensen[1]was a physician, and her mother was a secretary with the Los Angeles Zoo. She is a middle child, with an older brother, Dana, and a younger sister, Kathleen. Jensen attended Herbert Hoover High School from 1971 to 1974, and after graduating received a scholarship to attend UCLA, where she majored in Theater Arts and Law.

While still in college, Jensen began a modeling career. She was featured on the covers of Vogue and Mademoiselle. A mutual friend introduced her to the agent Barbara Gale, who helped arrange two network commercials and a role in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries in 1977. In 1978, Jensen starred in Battlestar Galactica in the role of Athena. She was featured on the cover of TV Guide in April 1979. Her last known role was in Wes Craven's 1981 horror film Deadly Blessing alongside Sharon Stone. Her career was cut short by illness, after she contracted Epstein-Barr Syndrome.[2] In 1993 Maren co-founded Stila Cosmetics which became one of the best selling makeup brands in retailers like Sephora.

Jensen was a longtime companion of singer-songwriter Don Henley. In 1982, Henley released his first solo album, I Can't Stand Still, and dedicated it to her. She is credited for "Harmony Vocals" on the song "Johnny Can't Read," and is credited in the liner notes for having composed the piano intro and interlude on the song "A Month of Sundays" on Henley's 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast. She appeared in the video for Henley's song "Not Enough Love In the World" in 1985. Henley and Jensen were engaged, but they separated in 1986.[2] Jensen helped Henley establish The Walden Woods Project in the early 1990s, an organization dedicated to protecting the Walden Woods area in Concord, Massachusetts from development.

Jensen was also reported[who?] to be married to John Kugelberg but they were also reported[who?] to be separated. They have kept everything about their relationship very private and out of the public eye, including their marriage and separation date. Neither has shared any photos together. She has been reported[who?] as living in the New York metro area[3] and has been returning to the Los Angeles metro area from time to time because of business, family, and friends.

In 2020 Jensen co-founded with Laura Shoemaker the company Glow Beauty Fuel, a maker of beauty protein bars.[4][5]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Maryann Dalton / Teri Turner Episode: "Death Surf"
1978 Battlestar Galactica Lieutenant Athena Feature film
1978–79 Battlestar Galactica Lieutenant Athena Main role (21 episodes)
1979 The Love Boat Suzanna Wells Episode: "Love Me, Love My Dog/Poor Little Rich Girl/The Decision"
1980 Fantasy Island Valerie Episode: "Jungle Man/Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate"
1980 The Love Boat Sharon Patrick Episode: "The Mallory Quest/Julie, the Vamp/The Offer"
1981 Beyond the Reef Diana Feature film
1981 Deadly Blessing Martha Schmidt


  1. ^ Grave Ralph Oscar Jensen
  2. ^ a b Marc Eliot, To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, Da Capo Press, 2004, p. 224
  3. ^ "What in the world ever happened to Maren Jensen?".
  4. ^ "Glow Beauty Fuel, Who We Are".
  5. ^ "WWD, Founder's Corner".

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