Michelle Johnson was born in Anchorage, Alaska, her family eventually moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Alhambra High School one semester early in January 1984. At the age of 17, only two months out of high school in Phoenix, Arizona, Michelle was signed up by the director Stanley Donen for a supporting actress role with Michael Caine in the movie comedy Blame It on Rio (1984). A tall, slender beauty, Michelle had finished high school one semester early, and she was preparing to move to New York City to begin her modeling career when Mr. Donen spotted a small photo of her in the fashion magazine "W". Michelle has appeared in many movies including "Waxwork" (1988), "Genuine" (1990) and "Far And Away" (1992).