After winning the Miss Teen All American title in 1981, she began her career in acting.
In 1986, she married fellow Teen Wolf actor Linden Ashby and both are still married with two children.
Her first major role was that of Priscilla Presley in the television miniseries, Elvis and Me, based the latter's autobiography of her marriage to Presley.
From 2001-2004, she portrayed Diane Jenkins in soap opera, The Young and the Restless until she was dropped to recurring status making only two appearances in 2010.
She also appeared the Disney Channel Original Movie, Horse Sense and its sequel, Jumping Ship, as Jules Biggs.
One of her famous roles to date is that of Carol Lockwood on the CW's The Vampire Diaries from 2009-2012 which also stared Robert Pralgo who played Jackson's father.