Notable for her roles in the French-language films Les Aventuriers (1967) and De l'Amour (1964) and in the 1968 British movie Boom!, she is perhaps most famous as the wife of the acclaimed American film actor Sidney Poitier.
She began her entertainment career as a Paris-based fashion model.
In the late 1960s, she appeared in three films directed by Oscar winner Robert Enrico.
Born in Nova Scotia, she grew up in Quebec as the daughter of an Irish-Canadian mother and a Jewish-Lithuanian father. Her marriage to Poitier began in the mid-1970s and produced daughters named Sydney Tamiia and Anika.
She and her husband acted together in the 1969 feature The Lost Man, sharing the screen with Al Freeman, Jr.