Remembered for her role as Ellen O'Hara in the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, this screen actress went on to earn an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1940 movie All This, and Heaven Too.
At the start of her entertainment career, she performed with the University Players theater company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She made her on-screen debut in the 1937 movie Stella Dallas.
She was cast in Gone with the Wind after actress Lillian Gish declined the role of Scarlett O'Hara's mother.
During the early 1940s, she was briefly married to writer and director Joshua Logan.
She played the role of Theresa Randolph in the Otto Preminger-directed 1949 movie Whirlpool.