She became known as Julie Kotter in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and also played the mother Diane Szalinski in the 1989 feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
She became a popular musician, appearing on the Patty Duke Show, and scoring a West Coast Top 40 single in The Flower Children.
Her popular role had her providing the lone voice of sanity to the high school, but she failed to gain regular roles after the show's end.
She was married to director Robert Collector from 1984 to 1989.
She starred in several episodes of M*A*S*H, starring Loretta Swift.