She gained prominence for portraying Mary Ellen Walton on the tv screen series The Waltons and appeared in a number of Walton TV films. She grew up in Santa Monica by her parents, Harry and Constance Norton. She performed a job in Stargate SG-1 in 1998 and made an appearance in the 1999 film, A Twist of Beliefs. She wedded Randy Apostle in 1991 and jointly they had one young child, Devin. In 1985, she posed for Playboy Mag, that was founded by Hugh Hefner.