A fine arts graduate of Boston University, Raver continues to study theater in New York with teacher and mentor Wynn Handman. She is fluent in French and German, a language that she learned as a child from her German-born mother. In the beginning of her career, Raver paid her bills by acting in commercials that brought her to Venice for a Visa ad and in a Jeep for Blade Runner (1982) director Ridley Scott. Big break came with her Broadway debut in the play "Holiday" in which she co-starred with Laura Linney (The Truman Show (1998)) and Tony Goldwyn. Other television credits include a lead role on NBC's "Trinity" (1998)and guest starring roles in such series as "The Practice" (1997), "Spin City" (1996), and NBC's "Law & Order" (1990), and a recurring role on "Central Park West" (1995). She also appeared in the feature film City Hall (1996) with Al Pacino.