Popular female lead who appeared in many films from the 1940s, including Main Street After Dark and The Unsuspected.
She was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois to Austro-Slovenian and Swedish-American parents.
She started acting in radio in the 1930s in Chicago and New York before moving onto films.
She was married to Leo Fred, an employee at UCLA School of Medicine, from 1953 up until his death in 1995. They had one child together.
She starred in The Postman Always Rings Twice with fellow actor John Garfield.