Glamorous prima donna who won an Academy Award for her role in Mildred Pierce. She starred in many rags-to-riches movies as a flapper during the Great Depression.
She was originally spotted while dancing in Detroit.
In addition to being a flapper in the late '20s, she was on the board of directors for Pepsi-Cola.
She married four times and divorced three times. Her last husband, Alfred Steele, died in 1959.
She starred with Bette Davis in the 1962 movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?