Montclair, New Jersey, United States August 2, 1973
Goodwin made her first television appearance commercially in 1976 for such products as M&M's, Jello Pudding and AT&T. In 1981, she joined the First National Touring Company of Annie, where she played the role of Duffy. After the tour closed in 1982, she went on to join the final Broadway cast of Annie playing the roles of Tessie and then Kate. At the same time, she went on to work on an ABC Afterschool Special in 1981, then appeared in 1984's Growing Up on Broadway. In 1985, Goodwin was cast as Tiffany Holloway on the NBC television series, 227 as a series regular during the show's first season. Goodwin was dropped from the series after the first season, as writers found little to do with her character. The character was still mentioned as existing as late as season 3.
She appeared in the 1993 HBO Movie, Strapped as Latisha Jordan. In 1998 she appeared on Broadway again in Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman." Later that year she co-starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the 1998 film, The Object of My Affection; two years later, she appeared as a Young Nurse in the 2000 movie, The Opportunists. She has also guest starred on television shows such as Jake In Progress, Platinum, Barbershop, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order.