She worked as a stunt horse rider and became known for her roles in Dragnet and the 1953 film War of the Worlds.
Her father taught her how to ride horses at age three, which led to her getting her first film work as a stunt rider.
She made a cameo appearance in the 2005 version of War of the Worlds, playing Tom Cruise's mother-in-law.
She married real estate broker Joseph Valdez in 1987.
She acted in the original film adaptation of War of the Worlds with co-star Gene Barry.