She played relentless gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Her television credits include The Electric Company, which ran from 1971 to 1977.
She had a big break when she earned the regular role as Amy Jennings on the soap opera Dark Shadows.
A year after Willy Wonka's release she joined the cast of the children's television show The Electric Company.
She re-married after the untimely death of her first husband and had one child.