Fast Facts

  • Is of Italian, Irish, German and Cherokee descent.
  • After winning a modeling contest at age 15, went to New York City with $300 and within two weeks had gotten a contract as a spokeswoman for Noxzema.
  • Studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.
  • Won a Back Stage West Garland Award in 2001 for her performance in the play The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
  • Was originally cast as Inara in the 2002 cult TV series Firefly, but was replaced with Morena Baccarin before the show aired.


  • Billie Beatrice Dane — Daughter
  • Brett Ratner — Ex-fiancé
  • Curtis Gayheart — Father
  • Georgia Geraldine Dane — Daughter
  • Elizabeth — Sister
  • Rachel — Sister
  • Eric Dane — Husband
  • Floneva Gayheart — Mother
  • Wayne — Brother

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

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