Farentino was born Deborah Mullowney
in Lucas Valley, California. She attended Miller Creek Junior High School, and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California. She attended UCLA and was a model for Ford before becoming an actress.
Farentino has been an actress since 1982 when she appeared in the TV series Capitol
and has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including Hooperman
(1987-1989) and Son of the Pink Panther
. She has guest starred in several series including NYPD Blue
, the revival of The Outer Limits
, and CSI: Miami
. Perhaps her most famous role was as Devon Adair in NBC's short lived SciFi series Earth 2
. Her most recent roles include as Isabelle Matia-Paris in the ABC series Wildfire
and Beverly Barlowe in the Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka
She was chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1995, while pregnant with daughter Sophie. Married four times, she took the last name of her second husband, actor James Farentino, which stuck long afterward.