Singer and actress in romantic comedies with Rock Hudson. One of her first hits was "Sentimental Journey," which was released in 1945.
She lied about her age so that she could sing professionally with big bands.
She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film Pillow Talk.
She married Al Jorden in March 1941, then George Weidler on March 30, 1946, then Martin Melcher on April 3, 1951, and finally Barry Comden on April 14, 1976. She and Melcher had a son named Terry, who was a musician and record producer.
President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work on behalf of animal welfare.