Lori Petty is a TV and feature film actress born in 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who started working in show business after landing a role on the CBS TV show, The Equalizer, in 1985. She appeared in guest roles in TV dramas and prime-time shows throughout the late eighties, including spots in Bates Motel, Miami Vice and Alien Nation. Petty made her film debut in 1990, playing a minor role in Cadillac Man starring Robin Williams. The actress captured her first major film role in 1991, portraying a surfer girl in Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break, opposite Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. After director Penny Marshall invited Petty to play a supporting role in her blockbuster baseball film, A League of Their Own, Hollywood began to take notice of the rising star. Her next two films, Free Willy and Poetic Justice, did well at the box office. For the rest of her career, Petty juggled TV and film roles, which led to the actress getting an Emmy nomination for her work on the TV drama, Prison Break, in 2009.