Famous for her work on Broadway, this actress won Tony Awards for her performances in Master Class, Medea, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Slapstick Tragedy. Her film credits include the 1985 Woody Allen picture The Purple Rose of Cairo and the 2002 comedy Just a Kiss.
Born Ada Caldwell, she grew up in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, as the daughter of a plummer. Early in her career, she performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, England.
She joined the New York branch of the famous Actors Studio. In 2002, she provided her voice as Grand Councilwoman in Disney's Lilo & Stitch.
Her nearly four-decade marriage to theater producer Robert Whitehead resulted in two children.
She co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in an off-Broadway play titled Vita and Virginia.