Award-winning actress who portrayed Aunt Flo on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and and played an overbearing mother in Butterflies Are Free.
She got sick with the whooping cough in college, which greatly deepened her voice.
He best work ocurred on stage, where she earned Tony nominations for her roles in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Invitation to a March.
She grew up in Columbus, Ohio with her alcoholic mother after her parents separated when she was two.
She was in the stage production of Butterflies are Free and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1972 film version, which starred Goldie Hawn.