Who is Birgen Anika Hartman?

Birgen Anika Hartman was born on 8 February 1992, in Encino, California USA – her zodiac sign is Aquarius and she holds American nationality. She’s a businesswoman and an entrepreneur, but probably known best for being the daughter of the late Canadian-American actor, comedian and graphic designer Phil Hartman.

Early life and education

She spent the first couple of years of her life alongside her younger brother Sean Edward Hartman, in Los Angeles where they were raised by their father and their mother Brynn Hartman (nee Omdahl) who was a drug addict, and who in the morning of 28 May 1998 shot and killed Phil before taking her own life.

Birgen and her brother were then raised by their aunt – it took the children a lot of time to recover from the tragic event.

Post script to the Phil Hartman Story. Here is his lovely daughter,Birgen Anika Hartman as she appeared on the SNL 40th anniversary special.

Posted by Tragic Hollywood; Beautiful, Glamorous, And Dead on Thursday, May 28, 2015

She attended a local high school at which she became interested in a number of activities, including acting, dancing and singing, but Birgen remained focused on her education as she was planning to pursue a college degree. She matriculated in 2010, and although she hasn’t spoken about her further education, it’s widely believed that she enrolled at a college, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 2014.

Birgen’s career

Birgen began working as a fashion designer straight out of college, and in 2016 she founded her own bridal store in Minnesota, which is still today open. She has promoted various popular brands and companies, such as Beauty Counter, ZARA and Persol.

It has also been revealed that Phil left behind a will which stated that his fortune be divided between his children, but only after they received their Bachelor’s degrees.

Alcohol addiction

Birgen has faced similar problems as her mother, as she was once addicted to both drugs and alcohol. According to her, the year 2014 marked two years that she was sober, and in 2018 Birgen announced on her Instagram account that she’d been sober for six years.

Husband and wedding

Birgen prefers to keep her personal matters to herself, however, some details regarding her love life are still known.

She exchanged vows with Italian Brandon on 13 October 2018 at the luxurious Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, Italy. They met sometime in the early 2010s, and while they haven’t shared the circumstances under which they met, it’s believed by some that it was a blind date; Birgen and Brandon were engaged for three years priors to exchanging vows.

They don’t have children as they both prefer to rather focus on their careers, however, there are rumors circulating the internet claiming that one of them is perhaps infertile.

Neither Birgen nor Brandon have spoken of anyone else they had perhaps been with before meeting each other, so as of March 2021, Birgen’s married to Brandon; they don’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Birgen’s very passionate about travelling, and has been to various US states for both work and pleasure, while she’s also been to many European countries including England, France and Spain. At the moment, Birgen’s living with her husband in Italy, apparently stuck there because of the corona virus situation.

She likes to spend her spare time in nature, surrounded by trees and animals rather than in overcrowded cities.

Birgen’s interested in all kinds of art, especially panting, architecture and sculpture. She’s been to numerous galleries and museums, both around the US and in Europe.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies starring her favorite actors and actresses Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts, such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Pretty Woman”.

Age, height and net worth

Birgen’s age is 29. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) and she weighs around 135lbs (61kgs).

As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1.2 million, while her father’s wealth at the time of his death was reputedly over $3 million.

Who was Phil Hartman?

Phillip Edward Hartman was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, on 24 September 1948 – his zodiac sign was Libra, and he held both Canadian and American nationality. He became popular thanks to his appearance in the comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live”.

He was raised in Brantford alongside his seven siblings by their father Rupert Loebig Hartmann who was a salesman, and who died on 30 April 1998 aged 73, and their mother Doris Marguerite who was a housewife and who died on 15 April 2001, aged 81. When Phil was ten, the family moved to the US and lived at several states before eventually settling in Los Angeles.

He attended Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets School, then after Phil matriculated in 1966, he enrolled at Santa Monica City College, but dropped out to go touring with his rock band. He returned to studying in 1972, and enrolled at California State University, Northridge from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic arts in 1976.

He launched his acting career with his appearance in the 1978 mockumentary musical action movie “Stunt Rock”, while a couple of his following roles were in the 1980 comedy movie “Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie”, the 1985 adventure comedy movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”, and the 1985 animated series “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo”.

Phil Hartman

From 1986 to 1994, Phil was a regular cast member of the show “Saturday Night Live”, and from 1995 to 1998, he was the star of the sitcom “NewsRadio”.

In 1991, Phil was invited to voice various characters in the critically acclaimed animated comedy series “The Simpsons” – his voice could’ve been heard in more than 50 episodes.

Phil married his first wife Gretchen Lewis in 1970, but the two divorced two years later. In 1982, he married Lisa Strain, an American real estate agent, but they divorced in 1985. He and Brynn Omdahl met on a blind date in 1986, and then married in November 1987. According to various sources, Brynn was unhappy because Phil was successful in his career and she wasn’t even able to find a proper job, but neither of the two wanted to divorce.

She was jealous and often attacked Phil both physically and verbally, and also sent threatening letters to his former wife Lisa, claiming she would rip her eyes out if she were to talk to him again.

On 27 May 1998, Phil and Brynn had an argument and he then went on to sleep. Brynn came into his room at three past midnight (28 May) and shot him with a handgun once in the upper chest, once in his throat and once between the eyes; at that moment, there were cocaine, alcohol and the drug Zoloft in her blood. Brynn then drove to Ron Douglas, one of her closest friends, who didn’t believe that she’d killed Phil, so they drove back to her house. Upon finding Phil’s body, he called 911 and when the police came, Brynn locked herself in the bedroom, and then took her own life with the same gun she used to kill Phil.

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Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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