Co-starred as Ava Evans Newton opposite Burt Reynolds on the popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
Acted in her first TV-movie "Dream House"
Played Elaine Nardo on the popular ABC sitcom (with NBC for its last season) "Taxi"
Earliest TV roles included a part as Janet, a college student, on the CBS sitcom pilot "Off Campus"
First performed onstage while still a child; appeared in musical productions for Chicago's Center Stage Group
Made Broadway debut in the musical "Over Here!" starring Ann Reinking, and Patty and Maxine Andrews; supporting cast also included Treat Williams and Travolta
Received a CableACE Award nomination for her role in "Grown Ups," a "Broadway on Showtime" production
Returned to films after four years to play first leading role in a feature in Wim Wenders's "Hammett"
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
Turned down opportunity to recreate role of Marty in the NYC production of "Grease"
Appeared in the Broadway production of "Social Security,, directed by Mike Nichols
Appeared in first feature film in five years, "Chains of Gold"
Headlined the national tour of the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun"
Hosted syndicated daytime talk show "Marilu"
Originated supporting role of Marty in the musical "Grease" at the University of Chicago's Community Theatre
Performed in a Broadway revival of the musical "Pal Joey"
First acted with Burt Reynolds in the feature "The Man Who Loved Women"
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"
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 feature film debut in a small role of a stripper in "Between the Lines"
Returned to Broadway replacing Ann Reinking in the role of Roxie Hart in the revival of "Chicago"