A New York City native, Saviola graduated from the Music and Arts High School in Manhattan and dropped out of college after a year in order to learn acting. She was lead singer of a female rock band in NYC in 1970, the Margo Lewis Explosion. She was signed by a disco label in the late 1970s. She worked in theatrical productions in New York for 25 years, before appearing in various television series, including "The Heights", "Civil Wars", and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". She has also appeared in three Woody Allen movies.