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  • Studied ballet as a child.
  • Organized a front-yard theater group at age 12 in Macon, GA.
  • Met her husband, Michael Emerson, while the two were appearing in Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
  • Appeared as the mother of Emerson's Lost character Ben Linus in a flashback sequence.
  • Has played Felicity Huffman's sister twice: first in the 2005 film Transamerica, and later in a 2007 episode of Desperate Housewives.
  • Cofounded the production company Daisy 3 Pictures in 2004.


  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Michael Emerson — Husband
  • Pam Preston — Mother
  • John G. Preston — Brother
  • Leslie — Sister
  • Ray Preston — Father


  • University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, United States (BFA, 1990); The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (1994)

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  • Birth Place: Macon, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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