(written from a Production point of view)
Elek received an Emmy Award nomination in the category Outstanding Makeup for a Series in 1987 for the Max Headroom episode "Security Systems", shared with Zoltan Elek. In 1990 she won the Emmy Award in this category for the Alien Nation episode "Chains of Love", shared with Rick Stratton, Richard Snell, and Ken Diaz. Elek received another nomination in 1993 in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special for her work on the television drama Stalin.
One of Elek's first credited makeup work was as a crew member for Rob Bottin on the 1985 fantasy adventure Legend. Beside her work on the television series Max Headroom (1987) and Alien Nation(1989-1990), she als worked on the science fiction adventure SpaceCamp (1986, with Janice Alexander and Zoltan Elek), the fantasy film The Monster Squad (1987), the horror film Leviathan (1989), the adventure Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the sport drama Rocky V (1990), the action thriller Double Impact' (1991, working with Janice Alexander and Karen Asano-Myers), the action drama Nowhere to Run (1993), the comedy sequel Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994), the action thriller Sudden Death (1995), the science fiction blockbuster Independence Day (1996), the action film Maximum Risk (1996), the remake Godzilla (1998), and the action drama Legionnaire (1998).
More recent work includes the drama The Terminal (2004, working with Edouard F. Henriques, Sandra Rowden, and Kim Santantonio), he crime drama Hostage (2005), the science fiction adventure A Sound of Thunder (2005), the television series Threshold (2005, starring Brent Spiner), and the crime drama The Black Dahlia (2006, with Ed French and Terry Baliel).