Known for Don't Wake Me Up, Let Me Dream, Ramona, and I Understand. She was the first female composer to publish a hit song.
She attended the New York School of Music after studying piano in Switzerland. She was a concert pianist, singer, and a vaudeville dancer.
Her frequent collaborator was L. Wolfe Gilbert. She became known for the Latin element in her compositions.
She came from a family of performers and musicians. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
She contributed music to King of Jazz, the film from 1930 starring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra.