- First major role came in 1968, when she played Hodel in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof.
- Became known to TV audiences in the early '70s as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Bea Arthur's character on the pioneering sitcom Maude.
- Made her big-screen debut in 1980, when she starred in then-husband John Carpenter's The Fog; re-teamed with Carpenter a year later for the director's classic Escape From New York.
- Met her second husband, actor, playwright and producer Billy Van Zandt, in 1991, when she was cast in the West Coast premiere of his play Drop Dead!
- Gave birth to identical twin boys at the age of 51.
- Released a folk album in 1998.
- Penned a 2006 autobiography, There Are Worse Things I Could Do; it was followed in 2008 by her first novel, Vampyres of Hollywood, co-authored by Michael Scott.
- 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1972, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Nominee
- William Dalton Van Zandt — Son
- John Carpenter — Ex-husband
- John Cody Carpenter — Son
- Walker Steven Van Zandt — Son
- Billy Van Zandt — Husband
- Burt Reynolds — Ex-significant Other
- Attended Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California, United States
- Birth Place: Sacramento, California, United States
- Profession: Actor, Singer, Author
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