At 14, she began modeling for Macy's.
Her mother was arrested, and Vera and her sisters spent the rest of the war in Gestapo camps.
Actress Busty and shapely blue-eyed blonde bombshell Deanna Merryman was born on July 7, 1972 in Manassas, Virginia.
She graduated from Hollywood High School and subsequently attended the Falcon Studio's University of the Arts in Hollywood.
The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old.