Her career spanned across the vaudeville and silent film era movies like Enter Madame and Prodigal Daughters.
Performing in various choirs and stage shows from an early age. By the time she was 16 she made up her mind to run away from home and join vaudeville.
She played a role along the biggest stars of vaudeville and then supported leading men and women like Rudloph Valentino and Marlene Dietrich.
She was born Louise Josephine Kerlin. Her father William Kerlin was railroad engineer.
When still on vaudeville, she performed on a tour of the Keith Circuit alongside a young pianist named George Gershwin.