Life and achievements
Ruttans family frequently moved when she was a child. At the age of 12, she experienced the divorce of their parents, after which it was taken up by her grandmother. In the years 1974 to 1978 she appeared in Santa Cruz ( California ) in the theater Staircase Repertory Company. Her first TV role was in an episode of Bosom Buddies from the year 1981. 's TV comedy After George (1983 ), she played one of the major roles. They played a major role alongside Tim Matheson and Woody Harrelson in the horror film The Witches of Bay Cove from the year 1987.
In the years 1986-1993 Ruttan joined in the television series LA Law - on Star lawyers, tricks, processes. This role earned her in the years 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 nominations for the Emmy. In the years 1989 and 1990 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. In 1988, she was nominated for the Viewers for Quality Television Award. In the crime comedy Love Kills (1998), she appeared on the side of Mario Van Peebles, Lesley Ann Warren, Daniel Baldwin and Lucy Liu. In the television film LA Law - The Movie (2002), she took over the same role of Roxanne Melman, she played in the underlying TV series.
The actress married in 1967 Melven Ruttan, who died in 1970. In 1990, she married sound engineer Randy McDonald, from whom she was divorced five years later. She adopted a son in 1992.