American film star best known for her roles in films like 1953's Pickup on South Street as well as her marriage to eccentric director
She grew up on a farm in East Canton, Ohio. She was named Miss Ohio in 1945 and landed a 7-year contract with Fox shortly thereafter.
She did not act from 1957 to 1971, retreating from the limelight and studying Psychology and Anthropology at UCLA.
She was a close friend of Marilyn Monroe, with whom she starred in films like 1951's As Young as You Feel.