• Elena Lyons Rosaia is an American-Spanish actress, best known as the wife of famous American author and real estate investor Grant Cardone.
• Elena grew up in New Orleans and moved to Los Angeles in her teens.
• She is an experienced trap and sporting clay shooter, and is the 10th best female shooter in California.
• Elena has appeared in a few TV series, movies, and shorts.
• Her hobbies include shooting, modeling, hot rod cars, and planes.
Who is Elena Lyons?
Elena Lyons Rosaia was born in Madrid, Spain, on 27 June 1973 – her zodiac sign is Cancer and she holds both American and Spanish nationality. She is an actress, but who might be known best as the wife of Grant Cardone, a famous American author, real estate investor and a motivational speaker.
Early life and education
Elena spent only the first few years of her life in Madrid before her family moved to New Orleans – she was raised alongside her siblings by their father who was a World War II veteran, and their mother who was a high school teacher.
At the age of 13, Elena’s best friend died in a house fire which made Elena somewhat of an introvert. She became interested in guns while attending high school, and upon matriculation started practicing shooting, specifically trap shooting.
The family moved to Los Angeles in California in 1992 after her father was offered a job there, and Elena continued practicing trap shooting as well as sporting clay pigeon shooting. She is today the 10th best female shooter in California in sporting clay and trap shooting.
Elena eventually became interested in acting, and when choosing between acting and attending college, Elena decided to focus on becoming an actress.
Roles in TV series
Elena made her debut TV series appearance in 1993, when cast to play Sonya in the episode “Pilot” of the romantic comedy series “Saved by the Bell: The College Years”, created by Elaine Aronson and Sam Bobrick, and which starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen and Dustin Diamond – it follows a love story of two college students, Zach and Kelly.
Elena became famous in 1997 when she started portraying the lead character Lauren Fontaine in the comedy series “USA High”, which also starred Josh Holland and Thomas Magiar, and is about six people attending The American Academy of Paris. The following years saw her appear in single episodes of many series, such as the comedy “One World”, the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the action adventure “Walker, Texas Ranger”, actually appearing in only one episode of around 10 series before being cast to play the supporting character Nicole Fiordelissi in the critically acclaimed comedy “Grounded for Life”, which starred Donal Logue, Megyn Price and Kevin Corrigan, and is about the married couple Claudia and Sean wand their three kids.
A few of Elena’s following roles were in episodes of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, the comedy “Out of Practice” and the comedy drama “George Lopez”, while two of her most recent roles in TV series have been in four episodes of the longest-running series “The Young and the Restless” (counts over 12,000 episodes) and a single 2012 episode of the comedy “The Inbetweeners”.
Roles in movies
Elena made her debut film appearance in 2001 when cast to play Woman from Elevator in the short drama “Room 302” written by Deborah E. Ward, directed by Erma Elzy, and which starred Kristin Bauer van Straten and Denise Wilson – it won Elzy a Jury Award for Best Short Film at Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Elena appeared in several movies ,such as the 2001 horror thriller “Devil’s Prey”, the 2001 comedy musical “Face the Music” in which she starred alongside Tyler Cristopher and Patrick Malone, and another 2001 film “Sunstorm”, written and directed by Mike Marvin. The year 2002 saw her play Mistress Eva in the drama “Mid-Century”, written and directed by Scott Billups, and in 2004 Elena played the supporting character Stacy in the horror comedy “Club Dread”.
She made an uncredited appearance in the 2005 romantic comedy “Dirty Love”, and in 2006 Elena starred as Bobbie Lynn in the short comedy “The Frank Anderson”. Her next role in a film came in 2009 when she played a newscaster in the horror thriller “Not Forgotten”.
Three of her more recent roles in movies have been in the 2009 short drama “The Diner” written and directed by David Dilley, the 2012 crime comedy “Bending the Rules” and the 2014 action horror science fiction “Jurassic Predator: Xtinction”.
Love life and marriage with Grant Cardone
Elena was introduced to Grant Cardone by a mutual friend at a house party in the early 2000s – according to rumors, she was already in a relationship which ended several months after she met Grant. They eventually dated, and married on 4 July 2004 in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Elena gave birth to their two daughters in the first few years of their marriage, and the family has since been staying away from the media’s attention.
She hasn’t talked about any other men she might have been with, so as of November 2020, Elena is married and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Elena is still interested in shooting and is practicing it even today, at a least three times each week.
In the past, she was also working out at a gym and had several training sessions each week, however, she no longer does this.
She was once interested in modelling, and back in 2005 the magazine “Maxim” featured her as the 76th hottest woman on their list “Hot 100” – Elena has always considered modelling as a hobby rather than a full-time job.
She is a huge lover of animals with dogs being her favorites, and has a pet parrot and two pet Great Dane dogs.
Elena is also interested in Hot Rod cars and owns three, while her favorite is her ’65 Convertible Chevelle Malibu SS. She is also a fan of planes, and is currently learning to fly hoping she will soon be able to become a licensed pilot.
Age, height and net worth
Elena’s age is 47. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.71m) and she weighs around 130lbs (59kgs). As of November 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, while her husband’s net worth has been estimated at over $300 million.
Who is Grant Cardone?
Grant Cardone was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana USA, on 21 March 1958 – his zodiac sign is Aries and he holds American nationality.
He was raised alongside his four siblings in Lake Charles by his mother Concetta and his father Curtis Cardone. Grant enjoyed going to school and was amongst the best students at LaGrange High School, from which he matriculated in 1976. He went on to enroll at McNeese State University in his hometown, and in 1981 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Nearly three decades later, in 2010 Grant was rewarded with the McNeese State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In was in 1987 that Grant moved to Chicago, after being offered work at a sales training company, and he went on to travel all around the US – from Chicago, he moved to Houston in Texas and then after a couple of years to La Jolla in California before settling in Los Angeles for over a decade, while he today lives in Miami, Florida. He has worked as a car salesman, CEO of the company Freedom Motorsports Group Inc., and a production assistant for Atlas Media Corp. He is now the owner of a couple of companies, including The Cardone Group, Cardone Enterprises and Cardone Acquisitions.
Grant has published eight books, including “Be Obsessed Or Be Average”, “How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate”, and “How to Get and Stay Motivated”, while his most popular book is “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure”.
He is a philanthropist who has supported a NASCAR driver whose name hasn’t been disclosed.
Grant is a member of the Church of Scientology.