She gained recognition for her role in the film Only When I Laugh and appeared in the show The Defenders.
She was raised as a strict Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school before making her film debut in 1959.
She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Only When I Laugh, which was her last film role.
She was married to actor Richard Mulligan from 1965 to 1973.
She received notoriety for doing a nude scene in the film One Trick Pony, which co-starred and was written by musician Paul Simon.