Elaine McAllister

Played by Wendy Moniz


Fiercely independent and weary of repeating her father’s mistakes with her own children (Valerie and Victor), Elaine McAllister wants to keep her family away from the toxic pull of the Karsten empire. Her rejection of her father coupled with her commitment to her café, Beza, doesn’t help the ever-widening gap she’s experiencing with her husband Jack.


Wendy Moniz was a series regular on the well received CBS show "The Guardian" with Simon Baker, "Nash Bridges" and the late Gary David Goldberg's "Battery Park." She is best known as Dinah Marler on the popular, award-winning daytime drama, "Guiding Light," and was twice nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for her work on that series.

Moniz had recurring roles on the critically acclaimed drama "Damages" and the ABC comedy series "Big Shots." Her other TV work includes ABC's "666 Park Avenue" and "Law & Order." She also co-starred in ABC's Emmy Award-winning television movie, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie."

Moniz, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, is married to actor Frank Grillo. The couple and their family reside in New York City. 

BIRTHDATE January 19