Cynthia Preston began modeling at the age of 15 as an attempt to get over her shyness. Soon after her high school graduation, on the advice of talent scouts from the CBS network, she auditioned for her first acting role. She landed the part, playing the daughter of the lead character, a woman dying of cancer, in the 1986 made-for-TV movie "Miles to Go..." Later that year, she landed roles in the mini-series "The Lawrenceville Stories" and the Canadian comedy series "Hangin' In." The next year she had three more roles, in the anthology series "American Playhouse," crime drama "Night Heat," and her first film appearance, starring as a porn star in "The Dark Side." In 1988, she had starring roles in two features. She played the girlfriend of the central character in the sci-fi horror film "The Brain" and the sister of a schizophrenic man in the thriller "Pin." 1989 marked the year of her first recurring character, as well as her first voice-acting job, when she starred as Princess Zelda in the short-lived video game spinoff "The Legend of Zelda." Later she earned another starring film role playing a mysterious stranger in the critically-acclaimed 1994 drama "Whale Music." She took on one of her best-known roles in 2002, in the long-running daytime soap opera "General Hospital," playing the wife of a Mafioso. She has also appeared on programs such as "The X-Files," "Two and a Half Men," and "Flashpoint."