I'm never wrong.
Dena in Californi-A-Rooney
Dena Smith
Biographical information
Aunt Dena (by Liv, Maddie, Joey, and Parker)
Mom (by Ruby)
Auntie D (by Joey)
1970's (age mid 40s)
Resides In
Malibu, California
Physical Description
Hair Color
Blonde (which explains Liv and Maddie's blonde hair)
Eye Color
Personal Information
Mr Smith (husband)
Ruby Smith (daughter)
Karen Rooney (older sister)
Pete Rooney (brother-in-law)
Liv Rooney (niece)
Maddie Rooney (niece)
Joey Rooney (nephew)
Parker Rooney (nephew)
Grandma Janice (Mother)
Hilary (Aunt)
Great-Gran (Grandmother)
Melanie (Unknown)
Craig (possible nephew)

Production Information
First Appearance
Latest Appearance
Portrayed By

Dena Smith, is Ruby's mother. She is Liv, Maddie, Joey and Parker's aunt, and Karen's younger sister. She was mentioned in the first season of the show, but is first officially introduced in the season 3 finale, California-A-Rooney, leading onto her recurring role on season 4 of Liv and Maddie.

She is portrayed by Jolie Jenkins.

Physical Appearance

Dena has blonde hair and blue eyes, which explains how Liv and Maddie have blonde hair. She is very stylish and seems to wear fashionable, 70s-esque clothing.


Season 1

Season 3

Season 4


  • Aunt Dena had been mentioned before but wasn't actually seen until Californi-A-Rooney.
  • Liv lived with Dena and Ruby when she lived in L.A. for four years, whilst filming Sing It Loud!.
  • She owns a beach house in Malibu.
  • She appears to be quite fashionable. Her style corresponds to the 1970's.
  • Karen is her older sister, and Dena is Karen's younger sister.
  • She is a recurring character in season 4.
  • Dena likes to look and act like a hippie as seen in Californi-A-Rooney, but seems self-aware of this; Joey thinks that is weird.
  • She believes that she is never wrong.
  • Dena is mentioned twice; both in season 1: Twin-A-Rooney and Flashback-A-Rooney.
  • She knows where Matthew McConaughey lives and likes to go to his house to play ding dong ditch. (Californi-A-Rooney)
  • She dislikes anger.
  • She likes to go trick-or-treating.


Liv & Maddie Season 4 Promotional Photo
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