Brent Spiner is the godfather of Gates's son.
Received her Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Her son, James Cleveland McFadden-Talbot, was born on June 10, 1991.
She was a Muppeteer and movement coordinator for Jim Henson prior to her role on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
She choreographed the ballroom scene in the Jim Henson film Labyrinth (1986).
Studied acting in Paris with famous teacher Jacques Lecoq.
Continues teaching at the University of Southern California. [November 2005]
Currently resides in the South of France, where she is restoring an old theatre. [August 2004]
Has played a doctor twice: Doctor Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and Doctor Caroline Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Good friends with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) co-star Patrick Stewart. Stewart was the one who convinced her to return in the series' third season.
Is a guest of honour at SF Ball 23 (a sci-fi convention raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust) in Southampton, England. [February 2017]
She has Lithuanian ancestry on her mother's side.