- Born in Saudi Arabia, she spent part of her childhood in the Netherlands.
- Studied art at New York's Pratt Institute.
- Appeared in off-Broadway productions after training at New York's Actors Studio.
- Made TV debut on Roseanne in 1989.
- Had guest roles on Murphy Brown, NYPD Blue, Picket Fences, Seinfeld, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Desperate Housewives.
- Best known for appearing in three of director Paul Thomas Anderson's films: Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999).
- Before costarring in Big Love, she was a regular on the CBS medical drama L.A. Doctors (1998-99) and the ABC action/adventure series Threat Matrix (2003-04).
- Wrote a book of poetry, Sonnets & Failures, that also included her artwork.
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Dylan Walsh — Ex-husband
- Joanna Marie Walsh — Daughter
- Thomas Charles Walsh — Son
- Christopher Scotellaro — Ex-husband
- Pratt Institute, New York, New York, United States