Gained fame for playing movie mom of George Gershwin on That Girl.
She debuted in Hollywood after a lengthy career on the stage and in radio.
She acted opposite Jackie Gleason, famous for The Honeymooners, for one season.
She was married to John Ashton Shidler from 1941 to 1998.
She played a leading role on Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney.