|Also Known As: ||
||September 12, 1992
||August 2, 1905
||Cause of Death:
||cancer, complicated by a stroke and pneumonia
||Saginaw, Michigan, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Grew up travelling with her mother on the vaudeville circuit
Sent to Los Angeles to study at a Roman Catholic school in an attempt by her mother to discourage stage career; nonetheless received encouragement from a nun who saw her acting talent
Began performing onstage in the early 1920s
Was a charter member of New York City's Group Theater in the 1930s
Played the taxi driver's wife in the Group Theater's landmark production of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty"
Film debut, "North Star"
Acted in last film in nearly three decades, "Arch of Triumph"
Turned down the role of Willy Loman's wife in the original stage version of Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman"
Joined Tyrone Guthrie's stage repertory company along with husband John Cromwell in the early 1960s
Returned to feature films to play roles in "The Late Show" and "Three Women"
Last film, "Awakenings"
Made last stage appearance in the cast of "Uncle Vanya" in New York