Singer and Tony Award-winning musical theater performer who played the role of Mother Abbess in the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music.
She graduated from Notre Dame College prior to beginning her stage career. She debuted on Broadway in a 1942 production of La vie parisienne.
She appeared on the television show Breaking Point and in the television movie Golden Child.
She married second husband John Francis Byme in 1968.
She appeared in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music; the musical starred Mary Martin as Maria.