Fast Facts

  • Began playing cello as a child; enrolled at Juilliard on a scholarship in her mid-teens, around which time she performed with orchestras.
  • Worked as a fashion model prior to her 1982 television debut, which saw her portray a model in the made-for-TV movie Born Beautiful.
  • Played a young cellist on the popular 1980s TV drama Fame.
  • Made her big-screen debut as the female lead in the 1984 hit Footloose.
  • A multiyear participant in the annual "Artists vs. Writers" charity softball game held in East Hampton, NY.


  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee


  • Jacques Rio Emery — Son
  • Gregory Singer — Brother
  • Claude Singer — Brother
  • Bryan Singer — Cousin
  • Jacques Singer — Father
  • Marc Singer — Brother
  • Leslie Singer — Mother
  • Richard Emery — Ex-husband


  • The Juilliard School, New York, NY


  • Birth Place: Corpus Christi, TX
  • Profession: Actor, Cellist

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