She was the star of Ziegfield and transitioned to screen, playing wisecracking sidekick roles.
She ran away from home because her mother was obsessed with the theatre.
She was born in Philadelphia, and appeared in the films Top Hat and Swing Time.
She was the wife of actor Lester Crawford, and the mother of Academy Award-winning actor
She started out as a chorus girl at the Florenz Ziegfield Follies.