Corinne Alphen was born on September 27, 1954 in Lynn, Massachusetts. She's the oldest of five children. Her father William was a Deputy Chief of Police in Lynn, Massachusetts, and her mother Marjorie worked as a secretary in the Commonwealth's Registry of Motor Vehicles. Alphen attended the parochial educational institutions St. John the Evangelist grammar school and Ste. Chrétienne Academy in Salem (she was the president of the drama club in this latter all-girls high school).