First began acting at age 12, in the summer program at the Silver Nutmeg Theatre in Westport, CT
Moved to New York; worked as a director at the St. Bartholomew Community Club Playhouse
Returned to Westport and studied acting with Robert Lewis at Bambi Lynn's studio
Began association with the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT; starred in one-woman show of about Joan of Arc
Off-Broadway debut as the Player Queen in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" in Central Park
First major role as Norah, the maid, in Arvin Brown's Long Wharf production of "Ah, Wilderness!"; production later moved to NYC's Circle-in-the Square on Broadway; also aired on PBS' "Theater in America" (1976)
Starred in "The Tennis Game" at the Music-Theatre Group of Stockbridge, MA; written specifically for her by the author George Trow
First major TV appearance in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of Arthur Miller's "Fame"; role was written for her by the playwright
Made film debut as fighter Oxblood Oxheart's mother in Robert Altman's "Popeye"
Had breakthrough screen role playing a man in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"; earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Starred as agent Audrey Wood in Arthur Kopit's play, "End of World"; received a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Play
Had supporting role as a saloon owner in Lawrence Kasdan's revisionist Western, "Silverado"
Portrayed Alice B. Toklas in Jill Godmilow's "Waiting for the Moon"
Had a supporting role, opposite Roseanne, in "She Devil"
First role as a series regular in CBS' "Space Rangers"
Began second career as sought after voice actor, narrating the documentary, "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future"
Provided the voice of Grandmother Willow in Disney's animated, "Pocahontas"
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End"
Played recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on the ABC legal drama, "The Practice"
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary short, "Amazon"
Lent her voice to the mysterious Management in the HBO original series, "Carnivàle"
Co-starred with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours"
Portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"
Co-starred, opposite Will Ferrell, in the Marc Forster comedy, "Stranger Than Fiction"
Cast as Hetty Lange on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure