She began her career as a stage actress, performing in such musicals as Grease and Godspell.
While starring in film and on television, she maintained a stage career, appearing in productions of Cabaret and Bermuda Avenue Triangle, among many other plays.
She was born into a family of Russian heritage. She raised two daughters: Sloane and Cody.
She played the elderly secretary of Jon Hamm's character on Mad Men.