Known for playing relentless gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Her television credits included 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 to Mark Willard in 1995 after the death of her first husband Rick Keller in 1983. She had a son named Josh.