Known best for playing Sharon Cherski on the popular ABC teen series My So-Called Life, this actress also appeared in several films, including Mad Cowgirl and The Omega Code.
Early in her career, she played the role of Elizabeth in a joint Turkish and American film titled Broken Angel.
She portrayed Sally Brownlee in the 1990 movie version of A Girl of the Limberlost.
She spent her early childhood years on a farm near Parkersburg, West Virginia, and later lived in New Orleans, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California.
She and Claire Danes were both in the cast of My So-Called Life.