She gave a memorable and scary performance in the movie Fatal Attraction. Later in her career, she played roles in the TV series The Shield and Damages and in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Her family was involved in a cult group, the Moral Re-Armament, throughout her childhood.
She is an avid dog-lover and interviewed fellow actors about their relationships with their dogs for a dog website.
She married David E. Shaw in 2006 and had a daughter named Annie Starke during a previous relationship. She and Shaw divorced in 2015.
She had a dangerous affair with Michael Douglas in the movie Fatal Attraction.