Fast Facts

  • Is of Portuguese and Irish descent.
  • Has appeared in more than 50 commercials.
  • In 1999, in her final scene on the soap Guiding Light, her character accidentally fatally shot oil tycoon Hart Jessup, played by Frank Grillo, whom she would marry in real life the next year.
  • Joined two fellow Guiding Light alumni, Paige Turco and Nia Long, in the short-lived 2007 ABC drama Big Shots.
  • Was inducted into the B.M.C. Durfee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 as a four-year letter-winner in field hockey and for setting 12 school or class records in sprints and field events.


  • Liam Kiki Grillo — Son
  • Frank Grillo — Husband
  • Dawn — Sister
  • David Birsner — Ex-husband
  • Bob Moniz — Father
  • Rio Joseph Grillo — Son
  • Billie — Mother
  • Remy Grillo — Stepson


  • Siena College, Loudonville, New York, United States (BA in English, 1991)


  • Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Birthday: January 19, 1969, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor
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