Rasied in Boylston, Massachusetts
Played title role in summer stock production of "Annie" at the Theater-by-the-Sea in Matunick, Rhode Island
Appeared in regional theater productions throughout New England
Placed second in nationwide talent contest (Talent America); signed by an agent
Broadway debut in small role of Snow White in "Into the Woods"; also understudied roles of Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood
Family relocated to Maryland
Film debut (billed as Jean Kelly) playing Tia Russell in "Uncle Buck", directed by John Hughes
TV acting debut in "Breathing Lessons", a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production
Appeared in TV commercials for Ogilvie shampoo and MCI
Appeared as a young governess hired to tutor the sons of President Abraham Lincoln in the period drama "Tad" (The Family Channel)
Breakthrough screen role as a student who develops a crush on her music teacher in "Mr. Holland's Opus"
Had leading role in the stage musical "R.S.V.P. Broadway", produced in Canada
Signed to portray Ruby Keeler in the stage musical biography "The Jazz Singer", starring Sam Harris; show canceled due to lack of funds
Cast as the lover of John Wilkes Booth in the TNT production "The Day Lincoln Was Shot"
Played leading role of an aspiring singer in the sci-fi thriller "The Cyberstalking" (UPN)
Debut as TV series regular on NBC's short-lived "Cold Feet"
Co-starred in the CBS fall sitcom "Yes, Dear"
Portrayed silent star Clara Bow in the Off-Broadway musical "The 'It' Girl"