She gained fame for her award-nominated role in The Night of the Iguana and her work on the show Dark Shadows.
She began auditioning for plays in New York City while in high school as a means to escape her troubled childhood.
She was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Judith Fellowes in The Night of the Iguana.
She married actor Ted Brooks in 1946.
She acted in the stage production of Happy End, which co-starred Meryl Streep.