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Although she started as an ingenue, she quickly made her mark as a character actress, frequently having to use old-age makeup. Before appearing in movies, she was on radio, playing Nurse Judy on Dr. Christian for 17 years. On TV, she played the wife of Riley on The Life of Riley, first opposite William Bendix, then with Jackie Gleason. She was a regular on the CBS sitcom The Bob Cummings Show and played Marlo Thomas' mother on That Girl.