Born in Oakland and raised in Southern California. Since she was six months old, Deborah was entered in many baby beauty contests and usually won first or second place.
Her mother enrolled her in modeling classes when she was four. Debbie loved performing! 'I remember wearing a pair of white boots and lip synching to These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra...when I was 3 years old! I loved showing off in front of anyone -- my family, friends, even my babysitters. I knew every word to my favorite show tunes and entertained people for hours' says Debbie.
As a child, she would wake up every morning at 4 a.m. for ice skating practice. Being a competitive skater with golden dreams of Olympic glory, she always placed in the top three in every competition she entered. But after winning some competitions, her Olympic dreams waned with age.
She attended a private school up until eighth grade, and then experienced a significant change when she began her first year at Leuzinger High School.
'My parents divorced right before I entered freshman year, and I went to live with my dad. Moving was a radical switch for me, because I had to attend a different school and cultivate new friendships. I had been under strict guidance as a kid, so I was a bit introverted when I got to high school. Even though I was reserved, I became involved in various activities such as track and field, student council, cheerleading (the squad eventually gave an award for best legs) and dance. I loved dance because I had taken ballet and jump classes in addition to my ice skating lessons as a kid. Since I had to incorporate the two into my ice skating routines, it was just natural for me to enroll in a dance group.'
'What was different for me, however, was the freedom that I had in public school versus private school. I made new friends and I bought my first car when I was 16. I also became a little mischievous: I started skipping classes to go surfing at the beach with my friends. I remember not attending school one day my junior year because I bought tickets for my friend, Lily, and I to see A Chorus Line. I always felt that I was socially advanced for my age and extremely smart because I knew how to network -- even back then. I socialized so well with all the teachers that I even talked my way out of missing classes a few times. But, like most teenagers, I eventually outgrew that phase and began focusing on my studies again.'
After high school Debbie did many exciting things. She attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. She was a songleader for their football team, and she went on to become Homecoming Queen in her first year there. She earned a spot on the USFL - LA Express cheerleading squad. She became a flight attendant for American Airlines for a short period.
After a variety of jobs, she started taking acting classes and got a commercial agent in LA. She has modeled for Body Glove, Victory Swimsuit, and Fedco. Eventually, she landed the job as centerfold for Playboy's Miss March 1990. She guested on Bob Hope's Acapulco Special and has appeared on General Hospital. She acted in several movies and was the spokesperson for Dodge trucks. Although she didn't get the part, she once auditioned for Sean Penn while reading with Gary Oldman.
Her acting career brought someone important into her life. She met her husband Mitch Gaylord in an acting class. Mitch was a 1984 Olympic Gymnast. They married in 1992... but divorced in 2003. They are proud parents of three beautiful children.