The Good Earth star who became the first actor to win consecutive Oscars when she received a Best Actress Academy Award in 1937 and another one in 1938.
She registered at the Dumont Theater in Dusseldorf at the age of 16.
She starred in the biography musical film The Great Ziegfeld.
She married Robert Knittel in 1945, and the couple had a daughter named Francesca in 1946. She was also married to Clifford Odets from 1937 to 1940.
She starred alongside Paul Muni in the 1937 film The Good Earth.