Moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from high school to pursue acting.
Breakthrough television role came in 1987, playing Eve Donovan on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, a recurring role for which she ultimately received two Daytime Emmy nominations.
Earned a Gold Record singing on the soundtrack of the Fox music-drama The Heights, on which she costarred during its lone season in 1992.
Famously appeared semi-nude during a 2003 episode of ABC's procedural crime drama NYPD Blue, a scene which prompted the FCC to levy a record indecency fine in excess of $1.2 million against the network and dozens of its affiliates.
Is a passionate animal rights activist and in December 2011 received the Animal Advocate Award from the Humane Society of the United States.