Gershon attended the Circle in the Square Professional Theater School in New York, working first with David Mamet and later with Harold Guskin and Sandra Seacat, whom she has described in interviews as "a huge influence." She has appeared on Broadway three times, as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret, in the revival of the sex farce Boeing-Boeing, and played Rosie Alvarez in the 2010 Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie at the Roundabout Theatre Company.Her first acting venues were stage appearances in Camille and The Substance of Fire.She had a cameo role in The Cars 1984 video "Hello Again" alongside Andy Warhol.

She has also had supporting roles in FX's Rescue Me and HBO's How to Make It in America.

Gershon attended Beverly Hills High School and started acting at the age of 14.

After graduating from high school in 1980, Gershon moved to Boston to attend Emerson College.

She transferred to New York University, and graduated with a BFA in drama and psychology/philosophy in 1983.

Gershon also worked in television, with a recurring role on Melrose Place playing a prostitute working for a Heidi Fleiss-esque Hollywood madam.

She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Nancy Sinatra in the made-for-TV biopic Sinatra.

In 1996, she played Corky, an ex-con who gets mixed up in an affair with Violet (played by Jennifer Tilly), in the mobster flick Bound.

Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige (Parsons), an internet researcher, and David Clinton Heard, a contractor.

She has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Welsh ancestry.

Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American film, television and stage actress, singer and author.

She is known for her roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Showgirls (1995), Bound (1996), Face/Off (1997), The Insider (1999), Demonlover (2002), P. I Love You (2007), Five Minarets in New York (2010), Killer Joe (2011) and House of Versace (2013).