- Took her first dance class in order to meet Queensborough Community College's gym requirement.
- Performed on Broadway in Chicago and Dreamgirls and with the national touring company of Bob Fosse's Dancin'.
- Worked as Whitney Houston's choreographer from 1989 to '92, handling the singer's world tour, videos and a TV special.
- Made her TV debut on the mid-'80s sketch-comedy show FTV.
- First series-regular role was Catherine Duke on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio; subsequently joined the casts of ER, CSI: Miami and Treme.
- 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
- Henry Alexander — Father
- Alverina Alexander — Mother
- Attended Queensborough Community College, Bayside, New York, United States