Born in 1961, and raised in New Jersey, she also lived for a time in Philadelphia and New York City, then moved to L.A. in the early 1980s.
Her break came in 1984, where she had a supporting role in the film Birdy. She then worked in several films that starred Robert De Niro, Angel Heart (1987), and Goodfellas (1990) (she played the girlfriend of Joe Pesci's character Tommy). In 1988, she played a slightly more notable role as Doreen DiMucci in Working Girl.
Whitcraft also did a few TV guest spots on the series Spenser For Hire (1985) and Quantum Leap (1989).
After co-starring in the drama Object of Obsession in 1995, Whitcraft left the acting profession. However, she did make a brief acting appearance as a fashion Stylist in George Clooney's HBO TV series Unscripted (2005).