Actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Mick Kelly in the 1968 film The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
She attended Middle Tennessee State University for a year before winning a nationwide contest and playing Mick Kelly.
She underwent a double mastectomy due to breast cancer in 1990.
She was in a relationship with the legendary
She appeared alongside Ernest Borgnine in the 1971 film Willard.