She first made her acting debut, at age 21, in a 1992 episode of Married with Children (1987), and went on to guest-star in many popular television shows, such as Murphy Brown (1988), The X-Files (1993), Sisters (1991) and Silk Stalkings (1991) and appeared in many obscure, straight-to-video/TV movies. She finally earned her big break and minor celebrity status, at age 28, with her role as "Laurie Forman", the promiscuous elder sister of "Eric Forman", on That '70s Show (1998). The character garnered her #6 placement on Maxim's TV's "Best Nymphos" list. She enjoyed brief success, mild publicity and increased output during the first two years of the show, including one of her only high-profile movies, Jawbreaker (1999). She developed drug problems during filming of the third season of "That '70s Show", and was fired, it being explained that her character had left to attend beauty school.