Christine Belford began her career as a model and became an actress by chance. As a child, she lived in the "Amityville Horror" house, later immortalized in books and a series of films based loosely on the grisly murders that later took place there. Upon her being encouraged by a friend, she auditioned at Universal Pictures, where she received a long-term contract. Her first notable role was in the comedy western "Pocket Change," which starred Paul Newman and Lee Marvin. Her stature grew through increased TV and film appearances, leading to a regular role on the detective show "Banacek" in 1972 as insurance investigator Carlie Kirkland. Belford continued to make guest appearances throughout the decade on shows such as the medical drama "Marcus Welby, M.D." and the sci-fi classic "Battlestar Galactica." She earned a regular role on the drama "Married: The First Year," which lasted only four episodes in 1979. Belford seldom earned starring roles but had many other recurring parts in the 1980s and beyond on shows such as the little-seen sitcom "Empire" and seven episodes of the poor-little-rich-boy comedy "Silver Spoons." She also had numerous roles in TV movies and a supporting part in the Stephen King horror feature "Christine." Belford married soap opera actor Nicholas Pryor in 1993.