Known for her guest spots on such situation comedies as Girlfriends and Living Single and for her starring role as Kimberly Reese on NBC's A Different World, she also appeared on Broadway in the 1988 production of Sarafina!
Early in her career, she played an uncredited role in a 1987 episode of The Cosby Show.
She appeared in several episodes of the children's program Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
She grew up on Long Island, New York's South Shore.
She and television actress Aida Turturro both attended the drama program at the State University of New York at New Paltz.