Star of the 1964 original Broadway production of Funny Girl, which would later be adapted into a film starring Barbara Streisand. Also a comedian, she frequently appeared on The Tonight Show.
She performed in various night clubs before becoming a stage actress.
She appeared as "Mrs. Latimer" on a 1999 episode of the television show Frasier.
She married Phil Ford in 1954; the couple divorced nearly two decades later.
She replaced Barbra Streisand in the role of Fanny Brice in the first Broadway production of Funny Girl.