A cool blonde who combined brainy sex appeal and old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, was one of Hollywood's biggest stars during the 1990s. Born and raised in Meadville, she won a college scholarship at 15 before graduating from high school. Attended Edinboro University near Erie and studied creative writing and fine arts. Dropped out and worked as a $500 a day model at the Eileen Ford Agency. Turned to acting in the late 70's and began in B-movies like King Solomon's Mines (1985) and Police Academy 4 (1987). Made 17 movies before becoming a superstar in Basic Instinct (1992). In 1995 she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Martin Scorsese's crime film Casino. Filmed Diabolique in Pittsburgh in 1996.