California-born actress, dancer, and singer who appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Romantic Comedy, and By Jupiter.
She studied in Geneva, Switzerland and subsequently worked as a dancer in London, England.
She is known to television viewers for playing Ellen Stillfield, Jean Smart's on-screen mother-in-law, on the sitcom Designing Women.
She had two daughters with second husband Armand Deutsch.
She appeared in the 1950 musical film Annie Get Your Gun, which starred Betty Hutton.