She studied ballet, worked as a model, and won a local beauty contest in Denver before catching her big break with publicist Cecil Coan.
She starred in a number of television shows including It's a Great Life starring James Dunn.
She was born in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of three girls. She married Cecil Coan and committed suicide two years after his death from cancer.
She costarred in the original Cheaper By The Dozen film alongside Jeanne Crain.