First performed onstage while still a child; appeared in musical productions for Chicago's Center Stage Group
Originated supporting role of Marty in the musical "Grease" at the University of Chicago's Community Theatre
Turned down opportunity to recreate role of Marty in the NYC production of "Grease"
Left the University of Chicago after three years to travel with the national company of "Grease"; stayed with the company for a year; first met Jeff Conaway (who had lead role of Danny Zuko) and John Travolta
Made Broadway debut in the musical "Over Here!" starring Ann Reinking, and Patty and Maxine Andrews; supporting cast also included Treat Williams and Travolta
Performed in a Broadway revival of the musical "Pal Joey"
Earliest TV roles included a part as Janet, a college student, on the CBS sitcom pilot "Off Campus"
Made feature film debut in a small role of a stripper in "Between the Lines"
Played Elaine Nardo on the popular ABC sitcom (with NBC for its last season) "Taxi"
First worked with Burt Reynolds on the NBC variety special "The Celebrity Football Classic"; he was the "color commentator" and she was the "celebrity interviewer"
Acted in her first TV-movie "Dream House"
Returned to films after four years to play first leading role in a feature in Wim Wenders's "Hammett"
First acted with Burt Reynolds in the feature "The Man Who Loved Women"
Received a CableACE Award nomination for her role in "Grown Ups," a "Broadway on Showtime" production
Appeared in the Broadway production of "Social Security,, directed by Mike Nichols
Returned to the theater in a production of "Carnal Knowledge" staged at the Pasadena Playhouse; co-starred with Gregory Harrison, Valerie Mahaffy and David Marshall Grant
Appeared in first feature film in five years, "Chains of Gold"
Co-starred as Ava Evans Newton opposite Burt Reynolds on the popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
Hosted syndicated daytime talk show "Marilu"
Returned to Broadway replacing Ann Reinking in the role of Roxie Hart in the revival of "Chicago"
Headlined the national tour of the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun"