What is Blue Lagoon actress Elva Josephson up to now? Interesting facts


Elva Josephson is a former New Jersey math teacher turned actress known for her role as young Emmeline Lestrange in the 1980 romantic survival drama film, The Blue Lagoon. Although the film was panned by critics upon its release, it performed extremely well at the box office grossing over $58 million against its four and a half million budget.

Moreover, over the years, the film has also become a topic of discussion for many moviegoers, be it the audience or the critics; be it the controversial take on teenage sex or the actors’ performances. And while the film has pushed its lead actress Brooke Shields to future fame, there are still a few or two instances where some of the film’s cast is still voiced.

Example: However, Elva Josephson, the former child actress, is now an absolute no-show in Hollywood and with that has also raised the question of what she’s up to and stuff. To learn to scroll through the following headings which feature Josephson’s career as a child actor, what was her last film credit, what she’s doing now, she’s married and more of the same.


Elva Josephson is from New Jersey

Born in mid-April 1973, Blue Lagoon actress Josephson is from New Jersey. The now 49-year-old is the daughter of father Herbert Josephson and mother Mary Winifred Cowie. Her late father, Herbert, was apparently a musician by trade. Elva grew up mostly in the town of Beach Haven New Jersey.

She also has a sister, Jami Josephson Chace, who is reportedly an entrepreneur and works at Shaklee Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of natural nutritional supplements, beauty products, and household products. Josephson was home-schooled during her early childhood. She later attended Red Bank Regional High School.

As for college, the ex-child actress studied math and education at SUNY College in Old Westbury (a public university in Old Westbury, New York).

Elva Josephson’s career: she was a model before she became an actress

Before movies, Elva has been modeling since childhood. Josephson was one of the kids from Beach Haven NJ who took part in quite a few photo shoots. As for her acting career, the New Jersey native started it sometime in the early 1980s; even as a child.

Josephson’s first film debut was in the 1980 TV movie, Safety helmet and legs. In the 1980 film, the then seven-year-old played the character of Deedee Botsford in the film. It was also the year Josephson played the young Emmeline in what would be her only notable film, The Blue Lagoon.

Elva Josephson played Emmeline in the 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon
Newburgh Enlarged City School teacher, Elva plays young Emmeline in the 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon.

Although Randal Kleiser’s directing was not the end of Elva’s acting career. She would make a few more screen appearances before unofficially pulling down the curtain on her acting career.

After The Blue LagoonElva played Sue Bradley in the 1982 romantic comedy film A little sex. In the same year, she would also act as Bonnie/Elva Leff in the comedy-drama film Author! Author! alongside veterans like Al Pacino and Dyan Cannon

Two years later, the Beach Haven girl played Patsy Custis in the TV miniseries, George Washington. The following year, Josephson would make a one-time appearance as Nancy Banks in the CBS short TV series Schoolbreak School’s episode, The Day the Senior Class Got Married.

Her last on-screen role, though uncredited, was in the 2007 TV series documentary 20 to 1, where she appeared as Young Emmeline in the episode, Sexiest movie moments.

Is Elva Josephson still acting; What is she doing now?

Despite living a distinctly normal life, it’s pretty clear that Josephson has unofficially long retired from acting.

Several years after she left acting, the former child actress Josephson moved to New York in 1991, according to her Facebook. Later, in 1997, she moved to Sunrise Florida.

Elva Josephson now in March 2021.
Elva Josephson, the child actress from the 1980 romantic survival film Blue Lagoon in March 2021. Facebook

Josephson is now based in Red Bank, New Jersey. For the line of work, the author! Author! the actress is apparently a math teacher in Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

Josephson started her job as an academic professional in September 2017. She also previously worked as a teacher at Greenburgh Academy in 2014.

Josephson is married and has children: who is her husband?

For years, after Blue Lagoon, Elva was more remarkable to movie viewers as a child star. It wouldn’t make much difference to say that she now lives a completely normal life in New York. And she is indeed a wife and a mother as an average being. Turns out that Josephson, after leaving the movie business, married a man named Dmitry Grosman.

49-year-old Elva Josephson with her husband, Dmitry Grossman in October 2021
Blue Lagoon child actress, Elva Josephson as an elderly woman with her husband, Dmitry Grossman. facebook

Grosman is apparently a businessman and converter by trade. According to his Facebook, Josephson’s husband’s job involves sharing money management ideas through his socials.

He is also reportedly an animal lover. While it’s unclear when exactly Josephson and the businessman got married, some social media posts show that the couple tied the knot on August 29 sometime in the late 90s. Josephson and her entrepreneur husband have been together ever since.

Together they are also the parents of a son, Ethan Grosman, and a daughter, Jordan Grossman. Josephson’s son, Ethan, is apparently a student at Belmont University. In 2020, Elva announced the news that her son was admitted to Belmont through her Facebook.

On the other hand, Josephson’s daughter, Jordan, is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, the institution where her mother studied.


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