Cynthia Gibb is an American actress best known for her role as Susan "Suzi" Martin Wyatt Carter on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow (1981-1983).
She was also a regular for three seasons on the original Fame TV show and appeared in the first three Diagnosis Murder movies in 1992, as Dr. Amanda Bentley.
Born in Bennington, Vermont, USA, Cynthia's parents were a ballet dancer and teacher.
Her early dance training along with her beauty won her a modelling contract with the Eileen Ford Model Agency at the age of 14, sending her to New York.
Front covers of "Vogue" and "Young Miss" followed, where Woody Allen spotted her and gave her a minor role as an autograph seeker in his 1980 film, Stardust Memories.
This small role prompted her to change her career path to that of acting.
She graduated with honours from high school, but her sister was studying at Yale and there was no further financial assistance available, so she decided to pursue a career in acting.
After an off-Broadway appearance in Nathaniel, she landed the recurring role of Suzi Wyatt Carter, a scatterbrain in the daytime television show Search for Tomorrow.
In 1982 she joined the cast of Fame, where she stayed for three seasons playing the role of Holly Laird, a drama major.
Between Fame's first and second seasons, she starred in the movie Youngblood (1986), as a hockey coach's daughter, Rob Lowe played her love interest.
Between the second and third seasons of Fame, she worked on the much praised Salvador (1986), as a lay worker (the role was based on the real life Jean Donovan) who, along with four nuns, was murdered by an El Salvador death squad.
In 1986 she filmed Modern Girls (playing a young actress) and in 1987 she filmed Malone.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and three children.