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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 23, 1952|
|Born:||July 3, 1921||Cause of Death:||complications from a spinal injury|
|Birth Place:||Spokane, Washington, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Stage appearance in a production of "Holiday" led to her being briefly signed by Warner Brothers
Began in films, playing bit parts in films including "Susan and God" and "Santa Fe Trail"; in several cases worked using her birth name
Signed as contract player by MGM
Played first leading lady roles in "Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant" and "Tish"
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for "Random Harvest"
Received top billing in the film, "Young Ideas"
Promoted from "featured player" to "star" on MGM's list of contract players; others "promoted" that same year included Esther Williams, Margaret O'Brien and George Murphy
Suffered severe spinal injury in a hunting accident
Last film for three years, "Keep Your Powder Dry" (filmed in 1944; released in March 1945)
Returned to features; made her last film, "Sign of the Ram", playing the leading role of a wheelchair-bound character
Last professional work included her TV series debut: played wheelchair-bound lawyer "Susan Peters" on the 15-minute NBC courtroom drama series, "Miss Susan"
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