Joan Severance was born on the 23rd December 1958 in Houston, Texas, USA. She is an actress and former fashion model. Joan's family had to flee Libya during the Six Day War in 1967. They moved back to Houston, where Joan, at the age of 15, started modelling to make money for college. She modelled while still in High School, her aspiration was to become a veterinarian but she didn't make enough for tuition. She was then hired on at the Elite Modelling agency. It was in the late 1980's that Joan used her modelling success to start an acting career. She made her debut in a small role in the first Lethal Weapon film in 1987. She usually takes or is cast as the "femme fatale", in lower budget horror and murder mystery movies. She memorably featured alongside Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the 1989 comedy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Her most notable role is as a villainess on the TV series Wiseguy, she played half of a brother/sister crime team (the brother was played by Kevin Spacey) to great acclaim. Joan was on the covers of the January 1990 and November 1992 issues of Playboy magazine, both featuring her in a nude pictorial. Joan is currently appearing in the My Network TV telenovela, Wicked Wicked Games.