A former leading fashion model, almost 5'8'' tall Carey was a favorite with top American designers such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Her father is a distinguished geologist who was voted Scientist of the Year in 1979 at the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. As a result of his career Carey grew up all around the world. She started modeling part time while she was at the University of Colorado and caught the attention of a representative of the Ford model Agency in New York. She moved to France in 1980 and lived briefly in Paris and Bordeaux before deciding to return to New York to continue with her college education and modeling career and was soon appearing on the covers of Vogue, Glamour, etc. In between her modeling assignments she was a full time student obtaining a major in literature at New York University. Gradually she became interested in acting and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She made her acting debut with a small role in 'Club Paradise' in 1986 with Robin Williams. Her leisure time is spent skiing, wind surfing, rock climbing and white water rafting.