Actress best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. She initially gained fame after becoming the first African-American woman to earn the title of Miss America in 1984. In 2017, she began a starring role in the VH1 comedy drama Daytime Divas.
She received a scholarship to Syracuse University and went on to major in musical theatre arts.
She made her feature film debut in the 1987 movie The Pick-up Artist.
She married her second husband, Rick Fox, in 1999, and the couple had a daughter in 2000 before divorcing in 2004. She then married Jim Skrip in 2015. She was previously married to Ramon Hervey II from 1987 to 1997.
She starred alongside America Ferrera on Ugly Betty.