Remembered for her roles in early 20th-century Broadway productions of Romeo & Juliet and Having Wonderful Time, she is also famous for her association (through her director husband) with
She made her Broadway debut in a 1920 production of The Night Boat.
During the 1930s, she was a frequent performer with the Works Progress Administration's Federal Theatre Project.
Born Margaret Hirsdansky, she grew up in New York City and died at the age of ninety-eight in Los Angeles, California. Her marriage to stage and screen actor, director, and producer
She and her husband met while rehearsing the Elia Kazan-directed Broadway production of Crime.