She became a prominent actress in the 1940's for role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the 1941 classic film The Maltese Falcon. Her fame greatly expanded after she won an Academy Award for her role as Sandra Kovak in The Great Lie.
She started her career as a teenager, performing in silent films.
She debuted in the 1920 film The Scarecrow.
She was married to film director Kenneth Hawks until his death.
Some say that her best role was alongside Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon.