- Made her big-screen debut in the live-action Disney comedy The North Avenue Irregulars (1979).
- Won a Young Artist Award for the 1983 series Two Marriages.
- Played the Jennifer Grey role of Baby on the short-lived TV version of Dirty Dancing.
- Had a recurring role as detective Adrian Monk's beloved late wife Trudy on Monk.
- Portrayed Linda Evans in the campy 2005 TV-movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.
- Most prominent role to date came with the part of Michael Scott's off-kilter boss, Jan Levinson, on NBC sitcom The Office.
- Is an accomplished singer and has released several albums, including The Meloradrama (2008) and All the Way to Mars (2010).
- 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
- Diane Hardin — Mother
- Rory Melora Jackson — Daughter
- Jerry Hardin — Father
- Gildart Jackson — Husband
- Attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, United States
- Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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