Her father abandoned her mother before she was born. Her mother and step-father were violent alcoholics and when she was 18 her step-father committed suicide. As a child she suffered from a serious kidney disease, and wore an eye patch because she was extremely cross-eyed. Her first film role was in a sci-fi/horror film called Parasite. Then she moved on to General Hospital. Her defining roles explored sex-as-power: the complexities of a sex/money exchange in Indecent Proposal and malevolent sexual manipulation in Disclosure. In G. I. Jane she was armed. She produced and starred in a TV mini-series on abortion. She has three daughters and a huge collection of dolls. She credits psychics with her career success.