Born in Palo Alto to a physicist father and poet mother, Markie was a self-described good girl. “I couldn't be as charming as my mother or as smart as my father. So I decided to be bad. I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t drink, couldn’t smoke and didn’t have sex. I flunked at being a rebel.”
She earned a BA degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and got her start in the entertainment field working on production crews for game shows such as “The Price is Right,” Split Second,” and “Family Feud.”
Markie appeared in episodes of “The A-Team,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” and “Cheers,” before she became a regular as bail bondsman Teri Michaels on “The Fall Guy.” Her three-year stint on the series starring Lee Majors and Heather Thomas, wasn't her most challenging acting gig.
"I felt like a typewriter more than an actor because my role basically called for doing most of the exposition,” she told the Kentucky New Era in a 1986 interview “I'd hang around the set 15 hours a day just to spend a few minutes saying things like, 'Well, Colt, he's coming out on the three o'clock flight from Phoenix and he's skipped on a $100,000 bail bond.' You could say it was a trifle unrewarding."