Preston was born and raised in Hawaii. As a result of her father's
position with an agricultural firm, the family moved first to Iraq
for one year and then to Australia for two years. It was while she
was a teenager in Hawaii that Preston appeared in television
commercials and began to develop an interest in an acting career.
Upon graduating from high school, Preston relocated to Los Angeles
and enrolled at the University of Southern California where she
studied drama and theater. She eventually transferred to the
University of California at Los Angeles where she decided to pursue
acting seriously. She would soon win her very first audition.
Preston made her feature film debut with a well-received role in
the hit motion picture comedy, _Twins (1988)_ (qv), opposite
'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and 'Danny DeVito' (qv). Preston
received rave reviews opposite 'Tom Cruise' (qv) in the box office
hit _Jerry Maguire (1996)_ (qv) as Avery, Maguire's ambitious and
aggressive fiancee. The picture was written and directed by
'Cameron Crowe' (qv). She was also seen in a pivotal role in the
critically-acclaimed motion picture _Citizen Ruth (1996)_ (qv). On
television, Preston starred in 'Arthur Miller' (qv)'s _American
Clock, The (1993) (TV)_ (qv) for TNT. She has also been featured in
numerous other television programs, including both daytime and
prime time drama series.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).