She played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew.
She was born in London to Canadian parents and studied at Havergal College as a high school student. She went to college in London before studying acting in Canada.
She was honored the Officer of the Order of Canada in 1974 and received Honorary degrees from both York University in 1970 and the University of Toronto in 1989.
She was married to actor Austin Willis from 1953 until 1962 and they had two children together.
She starred as Natalie Wood's mother in the 1966 film, This Property is Condemned, even though she was only eight years older than her.