Grew up in Franklin, KY; Nashville, where she was born, was the location of the nearest hospital
Amateur stage debut in "Heidi" at age 12 (date approximate)
Worked in summer stock theater
Was struck by an automobile whose driver was drunk; suffered two broken legs and was left with traumatic arthritis
Worked for a time at the Community Theater of Santa Fe, NM where she was involved in costume and set design while recuperating from her injuries
Toured with stage production of "Charley's Aunt," starring Roddy McDowall, Vincent Price, and Coral Browne
TV debut in a special, the busted pilot for "Hollywood High" (NBC)
TV-movie debut, "Black Market Baby" (ABC)
Feature film debut, "Corvette Summer"; also marked first leading role in films
Delivered memorable supporting turn as the secretary to the "Ghostbusters"
Portrayed Mary Jo Shively, a partner in the design firm on the popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Designing Women"
Landed small but memorable role as Molly Ringwald's advice-giving friend in "Pretty in Pink"
Reprised role in "Ghostbusters II"
Delivered a strong supporting turn as Jeff Bridges' unhappy wife in "Texasville," the sequel to "The Last Picture Show"
Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Love & War," replacing Susan Dey as the series' female lead; played Dana Palladino until show's cancellation
Provided the voice of Bo Peep in the computer animated hit "Toy Story"
Returned to series TV playing LouAnne Johnson on ABC drama series "Dangerous Minds," based on the 1995 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer
Cast opposite Tim Curry on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Over the Top"
Undertook another TV series. the Lifetime original drama "Any Day Now"; played Mary Elizabeth Sims, a Southern woman who reconnects with her childhood friend, a black woman now a high-powered attorney
Again voiced Bo Peep for the animated sequel "Toy Story 2"
Made New York stage debut in "The Vagina Monologues" (April)
Landed recurring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS)
Had a multi-episode arc on ABC's "Men in Trees"
Played an overweight girl's mother in Lifetime movie "Queen Sized"
Cast in Lifetime's breast cancer anthology "Five"
Co-starred on ABC comedy-drama series "GCB"