Notable for her roles in the films Reform School Girls (1986) and My Man Adam (1985), she is perhaps most famous as the niece of Motown legend Berry Gordy Jr. and as the mother of singer Marvin Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III.
She made her screen acting debut in the 1974 feature Bogard (also known as Black Fist).
Her television credits include guest spots in episodes of Charlie's Angels and Fantasy Island.
The child of Rosemary and George Gordy, she spent her youth in Detroit, Michigan. Over a decade after giving birth to her first child, III, she married actor Richard Lawson and welcomed a daughter -- the future actress Bianca Lawson.
She appeared with Mr. T in the 1983 movie D.C. Cab.