- Dropped out of high school at 16.
- Was a member of several bands before fronting Garbage, including Goodbye Mr. McKenzie and Angelfish.
- Was asked to join Garbage in 1994, after drummer/producer Butch Vig and the other band members saw an Angelfish video on MTV.
- Garbage's self-titled debut, released in 1995, went double platinum on the strength of hits "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl."
- Modeled for Calvin Klein in the late '90s.
- Had a cyst removed from her vocal chords in 2001.
- Made her acting debut when she joined the cast of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing cyborg Catherine Weaver during the series' second season.