American actress popular both on stage and screen who became better known for her off-screen humor and scandalous personal life.
She was raised in convent schools, which did nothing to dissuade her from entering and winning a bathing beauty contest at age 14. She moved Broadway at age 16.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She had her most memorable onscreen performance in the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Lifeboat.