Moved to Valparaiso, Indiana
Made stage acting debut as a child in the title role of local production of "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
Professional stage debut as member of Stuart Walker's stock company in Indianapolis, Indiana; remained with company until 1921
Acted in stock companies in Cincinnati, Toledo, and Dayton, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland and Denver, Colorado; during this time altered spelling of last name
New York stage debut in "Wild Birds"
Broadway debut in "One of the Family", playing a 70-year old servant
Feature film debut, recreating stage role of the slovenly, gossipy tenament resident in "Street Scene"
Returned to Broadway to appear in "The Late Christopher Bean"; recreated role for the 1933 film
Earned first Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for "Gorgeous Hussy", playing the wife of US President Andrew Jackson
Offered a rich, beautifully nuanced performance as an elderly woman ignored by her children in "Make Way for Tomorrow"
Received second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod as James Stewart's mother in "Of Human Hearts"; also played Stewart's mom in "Vivacious Lady"
Played Granny in the film version of "On Borrowed Time"
Portrayed James Stewart's mom in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Cast as Mrs. Webb in the film version of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"
Appeared in "Watch on the Rhine"
Again cast as James Stewart's mother in "It's a Wonderful Life"
Was featured in "The Snake Pit"
Made TV debut in episode of "Medallion Theatre" (CBS)
Played Granny in Broadway revival of "On Borrowed Time"
Portrayed a bigot in "Track of the Cat"
Reprised role of Granny in the NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "On Borrowed Time"
Cast as Dorothy McGuire's aunt in "A Summer Place"
Made a series of TV commercials for Oxydol detergent
Made final screen appearance in "Tammy and the Doctor"
TV-movie debut, "She Waits" (CBS)
Acted in "Sandburg's Lincoln" (NBC)
Played occasional guest role of Martha Corrine Walton in episodes of the CBS family drama "The Waltons"; won 1997 Emmy for episode "The Pony Cart"