Auditioned for the role of Nomi in Showgirls (1995); it went to Elizabeth Berkley (of TV's Saved by the Bell).
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1996.
Won a Golden Apple Award (presented by the Hollywood Women's Press Club) in 1997 for Female Star of the Year.
Has a son with autism and has been a vocal activist for autism awareness and support.
Has published several books, including Louder Than Words (2007), which spoke about her experiences with her son's autism. Also coauthored Healing and Preventing Autism with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel in 2009.
Melissa McCarthy — Cousin
John Asher — Ex-husband
Evan Joseph Asher — Son
Jim Carrey — Ex-significant Other
Elijah Wahlberg — Stepson
Joanne McCarthy — Sister
Dan McCarthy — Father
Lynette McCarthy — Sister
Amy McCarthy — Sister
Linda McCarthy — Mother
Xavier Wahlberg — Stepson
Donnie Wahlberg — Husband
Attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States