Minnesota-born woman most famous for being the former wife of actor Rock Hudson, whom she married in 1955. The marriage fell apart three years later after she discovered that Hudson had had an affair with another man.
She grew up on a farm and later moved to Hollywood, where she met Hudson while working as the secretary for the actor's agent.
She became a successful interior decorator following her divorce from Hudson in 1958.
She had a sister named Marvis Ketelsen and a brother named Russell Gates.
Her marriage was depicted in the 1990 television movie Rock Hudson, where she was portrayed by actress Daphne Ashbrook.