Brianne is of Black Irish descent. She was a gymnastics champion at Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson, Arizona. She went on to the State Championship in 1974 and placed in the top three. She was a companion to Robert Conrad in the late 1970s (of The Wild Wild West (1965) and Black Sheep Squadron (1976) fame). She was also a companion to Barry Newman (of Petrocelli (1974) fame). Her mother was the Assistant City Editor for the Arizona Daily Star. Timothy Leary was her cousin.
Developed the Paw Plunger, a self-contained device for cleaning dogs' paws when they come in from outdoors.
She was in New York City doing a "lite" TV news story when the World Trade Center was attacked. During the war in Afghanistan, she used every connection she had to be sent there to cover the war for CNN because she was tired of her "lite" news assignments. She wrote about her experiences in Oprah Winfrey's "O" magazine.
Was a contestant on "Match Game 76" winning $9,050. Just three years later, she gained fame as an actress and appeared as a panelist.
She is now the entertainment reporter for the Fox 5 Morning News in New York City.