- Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Neighborhood Workshop in New York City.
- Lives by a quote from her grandfather, actor Melvyn Douglas: "All acting, if it's any good, is character acting."
- Favorite actor was Peter Sellers.
- Did stand-up comedy in the 1980s.
- Produced and starred in her own Web series Illeanarama: Supermarket of the Stars.