Sherilyn Fenn was born Sheryl Ann Fenn in Detroit, Michigan. She comes from a family of musicians: her mother is keyboardist Arlene Quatro, her aunts are singer Patti, Nancy and Suzi Quatro, her grandfather the legnedary Art Quatro was a jazz musician, and her father, Leo Fenn, managed such rock bands as The Quatro Sister's bands, The Pleasure Seekers, Alice Cooper, and more.
Sherilyn is of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother's side and of Irish and French descent on her father's. Fenn frequently traveled with her mother and two older brothers before the family settled in Los Angeles when she was 17.
She did not want to start with a new school again, and soon enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. The rest they say is history.
Fenn began her career with a number of B-movies including The Wild Life (1984) (alongside Chris Penn), skater film Thrashin' (1986) (opposite Josh Brolin) and teen-fantasy movie The Wraith (1986) (opposite Charlie Sheen).
She had a memorable part in the cult teen-comedy Just One of the Guys (1985) in which she tries to seduce a teenage girl disguised as a boy, played by Joyce Hyser. Fenn landed her first starring role, as an engaged heiress to an old Southern family experiencing her sexual awakening in Zalman King's erotic drama film Two Moon Junction (1988), after which she said she wanted to hide for a year.
Fenn won her most outstanding role and made an indelible impression on the public when she was cast by David Lynch and Mark Frost as the tantalizing Audrey Horne, the high-school femme fatale from the critically acclaimed TV series "Twin Peaks" (1990).
The series ran from 1990 to 1991, and the character of Audrey was one of the most popular with fans, in particular for her unrequited love for FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) and her style from the '50s (with her saddle shoes, plaid skirts and tight sweaters).
In the show's second season, when the idea of pairing Audrey and Cooper was abandoned, Audrey was paired with other characters like Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and John Justice Wheeler (Billy Zane). Sherilyn hit cult status when Lynch filmed her dancing to Angelo Badalamenti's music.
Sherilynn is a blogger too she blogs on Postcards from the Ledge