She played a memorable role in The Letter and appeared in Man, Woman, and Sin.
She toured with a traveling theater show at age 15.
She died in 1929 from a drug overdose shortly after filming The Letter. In death, she made history, becoming the first person to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award.
Her father died when she was a child, leaving her mother to raise her and her five siblings.
Kim Novak starred in the 1957 biopic film Jeanne Eagels.