Born in Amarillo Texas, raised in Tulsa Oklahoma, and the youngest of 3 girls, Paula Trickey attended East Central High School in Tulsa. Paula found her love for acting at the tender age of 8. At a time of grief in her family home, Paula performed and wrote plays in hopes to entertain and cheer up her family. This fueling Trickey's love for acting combined with her strong ambition and drive even at this early age led to many plays and theatrical productions from elementary school and throughout high school. While in high school, Paula started doing local commercials and pageants and, in 1985, was crowned Miss Oklahoma in the All-American Teen Pageant (a Miss USA production) only to lose in the finals to an unknown Halle Berry. Following high school, Paula moved to Dallas where she studied acting and enjoyed much success with commercials and local film productions. With a strong sense of confidence and an invaluable array of experience, Paula moved to Los Angeles in 1986. After arriving in Los Angeles, Trickey landed a 5 season run on Pacific Blue (1996), portraying a by-the book Police Sgt. Cory McNamara. She had also been a series regular on NBC's Trade Winds (1993), and has recurred on such shows as The O.C. (2003), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) and Renegade (1992). She has done several movies of the week. Past Tense (2006) with the Lifetime Network and, with the Hallmark Network, such as Gone But Not Forgotten (2005), McBride: Murder Past Midnight (2005) and A Carol Christmas (2003) and feature films such as The Base (1999), A Kiss Goodnight (1994) and Mr. Saturday Night (1992).