Fast Facts

  • Moved to New York City at 17 and supported herself by modeling and appearing in commercials.
  • Made her big-screen debut with a bit part in the 1988 crime drama Shakedown.
  • First series-regular role was on the short-lived soap Generations; later found greater success on prime-time soap Melrose Place, playing Megan Lewis Mancini McBride.
  • Starred in a string of law enforcement-oriented series, including The District and Threat Matrix, before landing the role of Lily van der Woodsen on CW teen drama Gossip Girl.
  • Cites Carole Lombard, Gloria Grahame and Marlene Dietrich as her primary acting influences.


  • Carlos Tarajano — Ex-husband
  • Ann Edwards — Mother
  • Daniel Giersch — Ex-husband
  • Hermes Gustaf Daniel Giersch — Son
  • Helena Grace Rutherford Giersch — Daughter
  • Anthony Rutherford — Brother


  • Attended HB Studio, New York, NY; attended Beverly Hills Playhouse, Beverly Hills, CA

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  • Birth Place: Elizabethtown, KY
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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