At age 14, qualified as a jockey at New York's Belmont track, riding for Alfred Vanderbilt who owned some stables; left racing because of what she perceived as the ruthless treatment of young racehorses
Began acting career apprenticing at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts
Made New York stage debut in "Artichoke" at the Manhattan Theater Club
Feature film debut, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches"
Offered two acclaimed performances in the same Braodway season; starred as pregnant working-class British teen in the revival of "A Taste of Honey" and co-starred in the title role as a pregnant postulant in "Agnes of God"; received two Tony nominations as Lead Actress in a Play for the former and Featured Actress in a Play for the latter; won the award for "Agnes of God"
First major TV role, the "ABC Afterschool Special" titled "The Unforgivable Secret"
First role in a movie based on a novel by John Irving, "The World According to Garp" as Ellen James
Starred opposite Jessica Tandy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
Second film based on an Irving novel, "The Hotel New Hampshire"
First TV-movie, "The Dollmaker" (ABC) in support of Jane Fonda
Returned to NYC stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind"
Received third Tony nomination for recreating the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway in "Pygmalion" opposite Peter O'Toole as Professor Higgins
First TV miniseries, "Story of a Marriage" (PBS), scripted by Horton Foote
Played recurring guest role of Alice Hackett on the hit NBC drama series "L.A. Law"; received 1989 Emmy nomination
Portrayed the bashful object of Robin Williams' affections in "The Fisher King"
Donned the habit again as a gun-toting nun in "Freejack"
Garnered an Emmy Award as Luisa, a Polish concentration camp survivor in "Miss Rose White" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation
Delivered memorable role opposite Mike Myers in comedy feature "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
Toured in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-character play about the life of poet Emily Dickinson
Co-starred in "Pulp Fiction" as wannabe robber Honey Bunny
Appeared opposite Saskia Reeves as a bisexual serial killer in "Butterfly Kiss"
Earned second Emmy Award for guest appearance on an episode of Showtime's "The Outer Limits"
Starred opposite Scott Glenn in the off-Broadway play "Killer Joe," the violent saga of a maladjusted Texas trailer park family besieged by drugs and murder
Played oversexed psychic Miss Chenille, one of the eccentric tennants of scaremaster Tobe Hooper's "The Apartment Complex" (Showtime)
Cast in featured role as a horsewoman in Peter Greenaway's controversial "8 1/2 Women"
Played a scarred actress engaged to a man who turns up dead in Wim Wenders' "The Million Dollar Hotel"
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
Acted in drama thriller "Red"
Announced to play Wiress, a former tribute who won The Hunger Games in the sequel "Catching Fire"