She appeared in successful films like The Wild One and Beachhead.
She and her mother moved to Southern California after her father's death, and she signed to Paramount Pictures shortly after graduating high school.
She retired from acting before returning in 1972 with a role in Junior Bonner.
She was married to her second husband Alan Specht from 1962 until 1967 and they had a daughter named Stephanie Specht.
She appeared alongside acting legend Marlon Brando in the 1953 gangster film The Wild One.