American actress who was equally adept at multiple genres, including adventures, mysteries, and comedies.
Her parents expected her to become a nun and enrolled her in a religious preparatory school.
She achieved recognition as the heroine in multiple horror movies.
She married actor Ross Alexander in 1936, but he committed suicide in 1937. She was married to Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Keenan from 1941 until 1951.
She played a role opposite Mae West and W.C. Fields in 1940's My Little Chickadee.