Most famous for her six years of work on CBS's Guiding Light, Tesreau earned Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest nominations for her role as Mindy Lewis. She later played Tina Lord on ABC's One Life to Live and Andie Klein on NBC's Santa Barbara.
After beginning her entertainment career as a model and teen beauty pageant contestant, she joined the cast of Guiding Light in 1983.
She studied at the University of Missouri.
She and her second husband, Glen Strauss, welcomed a son named Michael in 2005 and a daughter named Julia in 2008.
She and fellow Missouri native Wendy Moniz both became known for their roles on Guiding Light.