Known for her roles in such 1980s and 1990s films as The Jackal, Romeo + Juliet, and The Cotton Club, she also performed in numerous professional stage productions of Shakespeare plays and played major roles in such television series as Thunder Alley and Chicago Hope.
After briefly attending the Boston Conservatory of Music, she graduated from New York City's renowned Juilliard School.
Throughout her career, she appeared in numerous professional stage productions of the works of William Shakespeare and even starred as a female version of Hamlet at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Her decade-long marriage to Polish cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak resulted in a daughter named Madzia.
She earned a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her role as Chan Parker in the 1988 Clint Eastwood-directed film, Bird.