Nomadic childhood, following mother's travels as a concert singer
Had bit in early sound musical, "The Show of Shows" (as Harriet Lake)
Broadway debut in chorus of Florenz Ziegfeld's "Smiles"
First leading role on Broadway in Rodgers and Hart's "America's Sweetheart"
Returned to Hollywood and appeared (unbilled) in "Broadway Through a Keyhole"
Signed contract with Columbia; dyed hair from red to platinum blonde
Began achieving success in leading roles
Left Columbia and signed seven-year contract with RKO; acted opposite Gene Raymond in several popular comedies and musicals
Sought to be released from RKO contract and joined MGM in first of series of "Maisie" films
Last film as Maisie, "Undercover Maisie"
Left MGM; last films there, "Nancy Goes to Rio" and "Shadow on the Wall"
Starred on first TV series, "Private Secretary"
Provided the voice of a woman reincarnated as an automobile on the sitcom "My Mother, the Car"
Toured in "The Glass Menagerie", "Gypsy" and "The Solid Gold Cadillac"
Returned to films to play supporting role in "The Whales of August"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination