Shawnee High School
Played Kitty Walker, a conservative TV-news personality in the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters"
Appears opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Last Shot"
Had featured role in the Sundance-screened "Things You Can Tell by Just Looking at Her"; aired on Showtime in 2001
Appeared for two-week stint in the Off-Broadway production of "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler
Returned to the NYC stage in Off-Broadway production "Bash: Latter-Day Plays", by Neil LaBute; reprised roles for TV adaptation aired on Showtime in 2000
Had featured role as Helena in the big screen remake of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
TV series debut as regular, portrayed the titular fantasy-prone lawyer seeking Mr Right in the award-winning "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Three Sisters" alongside Lili Taylor, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Amy Irving; played Natasha
Played female lead in "Milk and Money"
Appeared on stage at the Berkshire Theater Festival in "Jitta's Atonement", opposite Wiest
Breakthrough screen role as the mousy daughter of Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest in "The Birdcage"
First important film role, "Drunks" (received limited theatrical release as well as airings on Showtime)
Broadway debut, as Laura in revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
Feature debut in bit part in "Quiz Show"
Had featured role in the Off-Broadway production of Caryl Churchill's "Mad Forrest"
Debut in a TV-movie, "Darrow" (PBS)
TV debut, "An American Story" (CBS)
New York stage debut in "Beside Herself"
After college, moved to NYC to pursue career
Raised in Iowa, Minnesota and upstate New York
Won acclaimed for her performance in the off-Broadway play "The Loop"
Family settled in New Jersey in the late 1970s