She and her mother grew their own fruits and vegetables in their gardens and Dawn rode horses.
Grauer moved to Canada as a child, and grew up in Nelson, British Columbia.
She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist.
She studied pre-med in college, with an emphasis on Psychobiology, the study of how thoughts and feelings from the brain affect the body.
Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family.
She has also appeared in several films such as House of the Dead, Catwoman, and Deep Evil.
Born in Idaho on February 15, 1942, she was the only daughter of four children born to Maurita Kathleen Gilbert and Curtis Loys Jackson, Sr.
Her father, Buster Noble, was a well-known comedian, singer and dancer, and her mother, Helen de Paul, was a noted choreographer and producer.