American TV actress who became known for playing Leanne MacIntyre in the series Matlock.
She made her acting debut in a 1985 episode of the series One Life to Live.
She played Kylie Quinlan in the TV series General Hospital. She kept her role on One Life to Live for 8 years, and her work on the show earned her a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Her father, William Paul Thayer, was a prominent American pilot.
She acted alongside Andy Griffith in Matlock. Along with actor Michael Zaslow and his wife Susan Hufford, she co-founded the charitable organization called Zazangels, which raises funds for researching Lou Gehrig's disease.