Gina Hecht ( ; born December 6, 1953) is an American actress. She was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of stage actress Pauline Hecht, and decided to embark on a career as an actress at the age of ten. After high school she earned a degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her big break came in 1979 when she was hired for a role on the successful TV series Mork & Mindy. Her first film role was in the 1982 Ron Howard movie Night Shift, alongside Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton.