Graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1993, where she played violin in the school orchestra.
"Bahar" in Persian means spring, a new life.
Graduated in environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Was one of People magazine's 100 most beautiful people in the world (2006).
Is of Persian Jewish descent and speaks fluent Persian (Farsi) and English.
Her sister, Saba, teaches theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.