Played the role of "Sharla Smith" in the Off-Broadway play "Killer Joe" in New York City since April 22, 1999.
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[on the effect The Poker House rape scene had on its viewers] I had a girl come up to me, and she's like "I'm a rape survivor." I said, "No you're not. Stop that." She's like, "What?" She's 17 and came up to me after the movie. She said, "I was raped at 14." I said, "That stupid ass man did a fucked up thing. It has nothing to do with you. You are not tarnished, you are not changed, you are fine....
In 1998 she appeared in the memorable "Go Baby Go" commercials, promoting horse racing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Many thought the ads attention-grabbing and effective, but wealthy and powerful members of the association viewed the ads with disdain, deriding Petty as looking like a strung-out malnourished Lesbian, not the image they wanted to associate with their sport. The...