Worked the vaudeville circuit for several years before making her debut on Broadway in 1916
Acted in the Broadway production of "Dead End"
Appeared in "The Women"
Brought to Hollywood to recreate her stage role in the film version of "Dead End"
Cast as Barbara Stanwyck's mother in "Stella Dallas"
Offered a fine comic turn as the landlady in "Test Pilot"
Recreated her stage role as the proprietress of a ranch in the film adaptation of "The Women"
Played a lady blacksmith opposite Wallace Beery in "Wyoming"
Was signed to an exclusive, long-term contract by MGM
Starred with Frank Morgan in "The Wild Man of Borneo"
Reteamed with Wallace Beery for "Barnacle Bill"
Portrayed a minister's wife in "Honky Tonk"
On loanout to Fox, cast as a nouveau riche society doyenne in "Heaven Can Wait", directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Had a featured role as the cook in "Meet Me in St. Louis," the first of three films she did with Judy Garland
Loaned to Paramount and cast as a hillbilly matriarch opposite Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says"
Once again played a cook in a Garland musical in "The Harvey Girls"
On loanout to Universal, earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination playing Ma Kettle in the film adaptation of "The Egg and I", starring MacMurray and Claudette Colbert
Had a rare lead role in Universal's "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" opposite Abbott and Costello
Second film with Percy Kilbride, "Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'"
Last of a total of seven films with Beery, "Big Jack"
Reunited with Percy Kilbride for "Ma and Pa Kettle" and subsequently made six additional Kettle films
Final feature with Garland, "Summer Stock"
Cast as the mother of a soldier killed in action in "It's a Big Country"
Contract with MGM ended
Final Kettle film with Kilbride, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki"
Provided some comic relief in "Friendly Persuasion," playing a widow with three unmarried daughters
Last Kettle film, "The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm"
Final acting role, a guest appearance on TV's "Wagon Train"