American stage and screen actress who was nominated for Tony Awards for her Broadway performances in Bus Stop, Sail Away, A Delicate Balance, and Company. Also a three-time Emmy Award winner, she appeared on 30 Rock and Law & Order.
She debuted on Broadway in a 1946 production of Loco. Shortly thereafter, she served as Ethel Merman's understudy in Call Me Madam.
She earned a Tony Award for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, her acclaimed one-woman show.
She was married to John Bay from 1973 until his 1982 death from cancer.
She played a teacher in three episodes of The Cosby Show with Bill Cosby.