She became known for her role as Ma Kettle in 10 installments in the Ma and Pa Kettle film franchise.
She worked in vaudeville and made her Broadway debut in 1916.
She was frequently cast in tough, domineering roles, like the Dude Ranch operator in 1939's The Women.
She was married to Stanley LeFevre Krebs until his death in 1935.
She co-starred with Joan Crawford in the classic film The Women.