LIFESTYLE SHAMAN • CHEF • ACTOR • Singer • Songwriter



I am, as we all are, an amalgamation of my childhood, up through my present incarnation. I have come to realize I have been given many talents, not just the singular one I thought I had. From crashing through obstacles, by choice or by accident, whether invented or real, to accepting and appreciating my own gifts followed by fearlessly exploring them, translating to manifesting them into tangible practices, is quite a ride. It’s definitely not over.

Dinah and Cloris

I grew up in Los Angeles with my mom, Cloris Leachman ~ need I say more ~ my father George Englund, who was best friends with Marlon Brando for 50 years and four older brothers. I was the youngest and the only girl. I’ll let you fill in the rest about that. After my parents separated, we went with my mom to live in a magical canyon. Half the time I was playing with mud, dogs and running from my bothers and the other half I was hanging out on all kinds of movie and television sets, attending premiers and events and in between traveled the world with my mom.

Dinah & daughter Hallelujah

I was sixteen when I decided to run away to Paris and finish high school. My mom seemed to think it was enough of a swell idea that she let me go. Ah. The fabulous decades of absolutely no parental presence! Not her fault. I finished high school and for the next 20 years on and off, I lived in various, fabulous places around the world. Along the way, I learned to speak four languages fluently which, other than making me look super awesome at a foreign restaurant, or catching the eye of a Hot Italian, is of no use to me. I did however, learn the incredible art of cooking from the several years I lived in Sicily, Italy.

I finally came home and decided to, “get serious” with my life. So I did. At least I thought I did.

At 39, I had my daughter, Hallelujah and the whole universe exploded. That is when everything came into focus and I understood what the meaning of life is for me. Everything changed ~ my relationships, my career, my direction. All of a sudden, the entire, rich back story of my technicolor past came into view, the doors flew open and I walked out into the sun. Now, everyday, I throw open the doors to see what wondrous challenge awaits, which relationship needs tending to and how I can be of service to all the people that teach me to grow and grow up whether I like them today or not.




Dinah is also the co-founder of Topanga Candle Company.





For the first half of my life, all I could see was music, words and my voice with them. I spent years putting together the endless combinations of the three to work through my different emotional states ~ mostly having to do with boys and my childhood. It was a profound therapy for me. And I loved it. I still do. 

Upon signing with a major publishing label, they felt given my voice and writing style, I would do well to write a children’s album. I was never so insulted in my life. I was a serious, adult singer ~ songwriter. Turns out, it was the best album I have ever written, I am so proud to say. It is for the child within everyone of us.

Warning: Children and adults should listen at their own risk. Both will want to play it over and over to the point you may come to vehemently dislike me.


Someone’s In The Kitchen With Dinah!

Private chef to the billionaires. I love to say that. It doesn’t even sound true. Yet, it is! Crazy, right? Am I really that good? Apparently.

On a trip to Rome for a New Year’s eve party with one of my greatest friends, I met my next boyfriend, of course. You can’t go to Italy and not fall in love. It’s impossible. He happened to be from Sicily, of course. So down the boot we went. While I was there I was astonished at how much they ate and how beautiful they all were ~ aside from everyone looking like they walked right out of The God Father. Because I was American, no one would let me cook, ANYTHING. Not that I had a clue how to cook anything anyway. So I just watched. And watched. And watched.

We would go out sailing in basically a row boat and catch the freshest fish. We would then come home and bake it in the wood burning oven my boyfriend built himself in his backyard. We would drink the wine made from up the hill and watch the Mediterranean flow by…I also fell in love with his mother so she let me in on ALL the secrets. Cut to three years later, I finally came home. I arrived in America fully armed and ready to get cooking! I also realized I didn’t have any foundation. Culinary school beckoned. After graduation, things took off very quickly. A dear friend of mine took me under her wing to help me get into the world of the private chef. I quickly rose to the millionaires and soon onto the billionaires. I love to cook for anyone who loves to eat.

Are you hungry? I’m available. 



Dinah as seen on Celebrity Wife Swap

On episode 8 of Celebrity Wife Swap Season 4, two mothers with very different types of households swap lifestyles and children in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the swap, each mom moves into the others home and adopts their new celebrity family's lifestyle, no matter how different it may be.

This is the pilot. Looking Empowering and educating children through cooking, humor and pint sized stunts. Starring Dinah Englund and her side kick, Cloris Leachman.


Cloris Leachman & daughter Dinah Englund on "The Queen Latifah Show" 11.3.13

Multi-award winning actress CLORIS LEACHMAN and daughter DINAH ENGLUND guest on the daytime's newest hit, "The Queen Latifah Show," cooking an impeccable bruschetta while spotlighting the Topanga Candles Co. You've ever seen mother-daughter teamwork quite like this!




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