Connecticut-born screen actress known for her roles in numerous Beach Party movies. She most famously played the title role in the 1961 film Gidget Goes Hawaiian.
She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
She co-founded two children's theater companies: Pied Piper Productions and Sedona Children's Theatre.
She was married three times and had three children.
She co-starred with Elvis Presley in the film Spinout.