She had a staggeringly high IQ and had been reading since she was 2 and a half years old. With a wide range of reading interests at the age of six, Hemingway was her favorite writer and "Old Man and the Sea" her favorite book.
She learned American sign language for the role of "Jill" in A Summer to Remember (1985).
Collected stuffed animals as a child, and had over 100 of them
Distantly-related to fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen.
Could remember her lines from any movie