Notable during the 1940s for her performances in Broadway productions of A Winter's Tale, The Fatal Weakness, and Love Me Long, she became, during this period, one of the founders of the famous Actors Studio. Her screen acting credits include guest spots on The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Before beginning her acting career, she briefly attended Barnard College.
Apart from her acting career, she worked as a visual artist, specializing in acrylic and watercolor paintings.
Born to actress Clare Eames and playwright Sidney Howard, she was raised in New York City. After her marriages to Morty Halpern and movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (with whom she had four children) ended in divorce, she married her third and final husband, artist John Ery Coleman.
Her son Tony Goldwyn became known for his role as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's Scandal.