Most well known for her portrayal of Aphrodite on the television shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, she is also notable for her guest spots in episodes of Sheena, The Wire, and Party of Five.
After attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, and appeared in independent films titled Angst and Alice (both released in 1993).
In the early 2000s, while living in Washington, D.C., she began teaching a unique yoga class set to a soundtrack of rock music.
The grandchildren of former Democratic U.S. Senator Millard Tydings and the children of former Miss U.S.A. Terry Huntingdon, she and her five siblings grew up in Washington, D.C. Her marriage to Ben Luzzatto resulted in daughters named Ruby and Emerson.
In the early 1990s, she co-starred with future X-Files and Californication star David Duchovny in two episodes of Red Shoe Diaries.