Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a beautiful and intelligent woman named Athena. She wasn’t your average woman, oh no! She was a warrior, a pilot, and a member of the Council of Twelve in the Battlestar Galactica universe. The woman behind the helmet? None other than Maren Jensen, who, despite not being a real space warrior (we think), has led a life just as interesting and unique as her on-screen character.
So, strap in, and let’s take a ride in the Colonial Viper down memory lane, as we explore the life of Maren Jensen, the woman who made being a space heroine heroically fun!
Maren Jensen was born on September 23, 1956, in Glendale, California. She was discovered by a talent agent while studying at UCLA and recruited to become a model, appearing in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Cosmopolitan.
She later transitioned into acting, appearing in television and film projects, including Battlestar Galactica.
In 1978, Jensen landed the role of Lieutenant Athena in the original “Battlestar Galactica” series. The show is centered around the last surviving humans who are on a quest to find the fabled thirteenth colony, Earth, while being pursued by the villainous Cylons.
Maren Jensen played the character Athena, who is a bridge officer and a Viper pilot. Her character is strong, intelligent, and dedicated to the survival of the human race. Jensen appeared in all 21 episodes of the show.
What did Maren Jensen do after Battlestar Galactica?
After “Battlestar Galactica” ended, Jensen continued to act in various roles but struggled to escape the shadow of Athena. She appeared in a few more TV shows and films, including “Beyond the Reef,” "Fantasy Island" and “The Love Boat,” however, her career was cut short by a diagnosis Epstein-Barr Syndrome, a condition that causes severe fatigue and other symptoms.
Despite leaving the acting world, Jensen didn’t disappear from the public eye. She was romantically involved with musician Don Henley of the Eagles for many years, and she even appeared in one of his music videos.
In 1993, Maren, along with celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobel co-founded Stila Cosmetics. They created what quickly became THE IT makeup brand of the decade.
Stila was highly regarded for its professional-grade colors and ultrawearable formulas, which were packaged in recyclable aluminum tubes and sustainable cardboard packaging. The brand was seen as innovative and ahead of its time and had been the #1 selling makeup brand at Sephora for many years running.
In 1999 they would sell the company to Estee Lauder Companies.
What is Maren Jensen doing now?
Maren Jensen is currently the co-founder of Glow Beauty Fuel. Glow Beauty Fuel is a company that produces beauty protein bars using premium, consciously-sourced ingredients aimed at enhancing outer beauty from within, increasing vitality, and nourishing the body and spirit.
When Maren was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, her passion for sustainable health, which involved using food and supplements as medicine, became her main focus. This diagnosis prompted her to adopt wellness practices and prioritize self-care. She managed to transform her passionate pursuit into a thriving business, reshaping her life and career in the wake of her diagnosis.
Together with Laura Shoemaker, Maren identified a chance to significantly enhance the quality of protein bars, which they found unsatisfactory. They were discontented with the existing protein bars in the market, which they found to be either too gummy or chalky, overly sugary to be considered healthy, and not friendly to the gut. They also observed that many protein bars were made with cheap ingredients that they deemed nutritionally inappropriate.
After dedicating three years to development and conducting hundreds of recipe trials, they finally crafted the beauty protein bar they had always envisioned. They adopted a daring approach and drastically elevated the ingredients to a culinary standard, ensuring the bars were appetizing. In addition, they incorporated full doses of the top four clinically proven beauty supplements.