Raised in Chicago, Illinois
Returned to Broadway as a featured player in "The Wild Party", written by Michael John LaChiusa and staged by George C Wolfe
Solo cabaret debut at Joe's Pub in NYC
Was featured in the stage musical "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"
Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Central Park
Had supporting role in the film "Above the Rim"
Originated role of Sweet Anita in Los Angeles staging of the musical "Jelly's Last Jam"
Starred in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's "Caroline, or Change"; received a Tony nomination for her performance
Film debut in "Beat Street"
Garnered praise and numerous accolades, including a Tony Award, for repeating Sweet Anita opposite Gregory Hines in the Broadway staging of "Jelly's Last Jam", directed by George C Wolfe
Had regular role on the short-lived syndicated series "University Hospital"
Acted in the Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor vehicle "See No Evil, Hear No Evil"
Co-starred in "Play On!", a musical version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with a score by Duke Ellington; received a Tony Award nomination
Joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama "All My Children" in May; cast as attorney Livia Frye