1. Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the older of two children.
2. After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied English for two years.
3. In 1986, she appeared on a special “Teen Week” episode of the NBC game show Scrabble.
4. Then she appeared in numerous television commercials, and an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains in 1987.
5. Her efforts won her a Young Artist Award nomination in the Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy category.
6. Her strict parents forbade her to accept a role in the black comedy Heathers .
7. Her performance gave her career an initial boost and earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.
8. After co-starring with Benicio Del Toro in a Calvin Klein commercial directed by David Lynch, the director cast her as Annie Blackburn in Twin Peaks, where she appeared in the final six episodes.
9. She featured in Diggstown , alongside Ian McKellen before re-teaming with Gus Van Sant for the critically panned film adaption of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, alongside Uma Thurman. The same year she co-starred as Mary Kennedy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.
10. The cast received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
11. The same year she also starred in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere, and had a cameo in the horror hit Scream 2.