She played Constance in the Oscar-winning film The Artist. She played Mildred in the 2003 film Big Fish.
She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Her husband raised an 800-pound grizzly bear, Brutus, from a cub. Brutus was the guest of honor at their wedding.
She married Casey Anderson in September 2008 but the couple divorced in 2012.
She starred in two Tim Burton films: Big Fish in 2003 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.