Kiersten Warren's earliest acting performances were at a young age when she would travel around the world with her Southern Baptist missionary parents, reenacting Bible stories. Having gotten the performing bug, she moved into the world of modeling, with a short stint working in Tokyo, and, soon after that, acting. Her first role was on the hit crime drama "Magnum, P.I." in 1987 alongside then mega-star Tom Selleck. She followed up that role in 1990 with a small part in the TV movie "Exile," about 15 teenagers forced to survive after being lost on an island, which was co-written and co-produced by her husband at the time, Jonathan Lemkin. Throughout the '90s, Warren could be seen regularly on numerous television series and TV movies. Her first big-screen role came in 1996, as Tiffany, a friend of Jasmine, the exotic dancer, who is quickly killed off in the sc-fi disaster film "Independence Day." In 2006, she landed what is perhaps her most visible role as Nora Huntington, the mother of the child of one the main characters, Tom Scavo, who is eventually killed in a hostage situation, on the hit comedy/drama "Desperate Housewives." In 2007, she was nominated, as part of the ensemble cast of the program, for a Screen Actors Guild award.