She is a board member of the Performers' Alliance, based in California. This works for fair wages for minor actors.
Born in Vermont and grew up on a farm there with numerous siblings.
In the early 1980s, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked for Ralph Nader by day and at night began developing her comedic skills doing stand-up routines in comedy clubs.
Once worked as a ski instructor and a tree surgeon.