Although born in Oklahoma, was raised in Texas. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Lou Diamond Phillips of La Bamba fame was a classmate and friend of hers. In fact they did two movies together while in school.
She proceeded to earn her master's degree in the
advanced training program at San Francisco's American
Conservatory Theatre. Guess who was one of her instructors at one point? ...Daniel Davis!