Played Jesse Spano on the family-friendly television show Saved by the Bell in the '90s and also had a starring role in the film Showgirls.
She was very passionate about dancing and pursued it professionally, appearing in various ballets and musicals.
She is a strict vegetarian and once appeared in a Lettuce Be Lean dress of collard greens for a PETA campaign.
She married Greg Lauren in 2003 and the couple welcomed a son, Sky Cole, in 2012.
She became good friends with fashion designer Lauren Bush, granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush.