The daughter of actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Stephanie Zimbalist was raised on the family's Encino, CA, ranch and educated at some of America's finest private schools. Zimbalist attended Stanford University as a science major, then took acting and singing lessons at Juilliard. After appearing on-stage with Anthony Hopkins in The Tempest, she launched her TV career with an unsold NBC pilot in 1976. Gaining stardom in a variety of TV-movie roles, she turned down several series offers, finally acquiescing to the producers of the weekly adventure series Remington Steele. From 1982 to 1987, Zimbalist starred as glamorous private investigator Laura Holt, the largely reluctant teammate of handsome adventurer Remington Steele, played by Pierce Brosnan. Periodically resuming her stage career over the last two decades, Stephanie Zimbalist co-starred with Tommy Tune in the 1982 touring company of My One and Only, and has starred in several California-based theatrical productions.