Remembered for her glamorous portrayal of a Native American princess named Teal Eye in the Oscar-nominated Western movie The Big Sky (1952), she gave up her acting career in her late twenties, yet retained a fan base that spanned many countries.
In her late teens, she successfully pursued a modeling career in New York City.
After mysteriously ending her acting career, she was employed at a textile mill in the American South.
The daughter of Bessie Furr and William Threatt, she spent her early years in South Carolina and her later life in North Carolina. Her marriage to Antoine DeContades resulted in children named Rona and Jean.
She co-starred with Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky.