Moved to America with family; first settled in NYC
Worked as a singer at the Samovar Club in Montreal
Family moved to Los Angeles
Signed to contract at MGM after a screen test
Nominated for an Academy Award for her film debut in "Gaslight" as the slightly malevolent maid Nancy
First leading lady role in film, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"; earned second Academy Award nomination
Portrayed a madam in "The Harvey Girls"; singing voice dubbed
Played a matronly newspaper editor in "State of the Union" (was only 23 years old)
Briefly went on unemployment in the early 1950s after her MGM contract expired
American TV debut, "Revlon Mirror Theater" (CBS)
Broadway debut, "Hotel Paradiso" co-starring Burt Lahr
Had stage success with the Broadway production of "A Taste of Honey"
Received critical attention for her performance in the film "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
Received third Academy Award nomination for her role in "The Manchurian Candidate"; played the mother of Laurence Harvey who was only three years her junior
First Broadway musical, "Anyone Can Whistle"; first collaboration with composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Cast in the title role of Mame Dennis in the Jerry Herman Broadway musical "Mame"
Re-teamed with Jerry Herman for the musical "Dear World"
Co-starred in the Harold Prince directed "Something for Everyone"
Appeared in the Disney animated-live action feature "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; last film for seven years
Due to family problems, retreated to Ireland in the early 1970s
Made London stage debut in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "All Over"
Cast in the role of Mama Rose in the Broadway revival of the musical "Gypsy"; lyrics provided by Stephen Sondheim
Played Anna for two weeks in the Broadway revival of "The King and I" opposite Yul Brynner
Returned to features as a dotty novelist in the Agatha Christie adaptation "Death on the Nile"
Triumphed as the Cockney baker Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller"
Portrayed the Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple in "The Mirror Crack'd"
Had featured role of Ruth in the film version of the New York Shakespeare Production of "The Pirates of Penzance"
Reprised role as Mrs. Lovett in the Showtime adaptation of "Sweeney Todd"
Portrayed Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the NBC miniseries "Little Gloria...Happy at Last"
Starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher on hit TV series "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)
Played Granny in Neil Jordan's "The Company of Wolves"
Formed Corymore Productions
Starred in the ABC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Shell Seekers"
Voiced the character of Mrs Potts in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast"; sang Oscar-winning title song
Became executive producer of "Murder, She Wrote"
Starred in the CBS TV-movie "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris," directed by son Anthony Shaw
Named a Comander of the British Empire
Production company, Corymore, signed development deal with Universal
Had title role in the CBS original musical "Mrs. Santa Claus"
Voiced the character of the Dowager Empress in the animated film "Anastasia"
Reprised signature role of Jessica Fletcher in the CBS TV-movie "Murder, She Wrote: South By Southwest"
Again played sleuth Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For" (CBS)
Starred in the CBS drama "The Blackwater Lightship"; earned an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in "Nanny McPhee"; also scripted by Thompson
Returned to Broadway to star opposite Marian Seldes as retired women tennis players in "Deuce"; earned a Tony nomination
Cast as Madame Arkati in the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"
Co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical
Co-starred opposite Jim Carrey in "Mr. Popper's Penguins"
Starred in Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" on Broadway