Maria grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, and, then, Columbus, Ohio. She was a top model in the late sixties and early seventies. In the seventies, she was the girlfriend for many years of Paris billionaire art galleryist Alec Wildenstein who left her when he met wife Jocelyn. Though they were never married, Alec Wildenstein ended up reaching a financial settlement with Kimberly.
Her involvement in the French artistic milieu allowed her to get the lead female role of Jacques Tati's penultimate film Trafic, where she plays Maria, the press attaché of Altra and romantic interest of Monsieur Hulot.
See also: Model, Actress, American