Tracey Needham is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Paige Thatcher on Life Goes On during the series' second to fourth seasons (1990–1993), then on the first season of JAG as Lt. Meg Austin (1995–1996), and as Inspector Candace DeLorenzo on The Division (2001-2003).
Needham was born on March 28, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, where her father was a homebuilder. When she was eight, the Needhams moved to Denver, Colorado, and her father's work dictated that the family move back and forth between the two cities. Needham was fully grown (she stands 5'11") by the eighth grade, and later, when she took to heart a high-school theater director's snippy advice that she was too tall to appear on stage, she worked on the technical crew instead. After her high-school graduation, Needham traveled through Europe and Australia. In 1988, she went to Los Angeles to study acting and audition for roles. She made her TV acting debut on Jake and the Fatman. After a few more acting classes, she landed the part of Paige Thatcher, the big sister, on Life Goes On, beginning in the series' second season.