Raised in Larchmont, New York
Began career stage in stock and on Broadway in the late 1920s
First film appearance in Vitaphone shorts filmed in Brooklyn
Signed to a contract by Warner Bros.; acted in a series of short films; then spent 10 weeks in St Louis performing on stage with other contract players
Acted on Broadway in "Whistling in the Dark"
Reportedly declined a contract offer from MGM to concentrate on theater
After failure of "The Party's Over", accepted five-year contract offer from Fox
Feature film debut, "Life in the Raw"
Appeared opposite Spencer Tracy in "The Mad Game"
Cast as Shirley Temple's mother in "Baby Takes a Bow"
Breakthough film role, an Oscar-nominated supporting turn as Humphrey Bogart's girlfriend in "Dead End"
Co-starred with Edward G Robinson in the radio drama "Big Town"
Returned to Warner Bros. after Daryl Zanuck's lack of faith in her talent became apparent
Reteamed with Bogart on "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse"
Was top-billed as a hard-bitten woman of questionable virtue in "Stagecoach"; first of four films with John Wayne John Wayne
Co-starred in "The Desperados"
Appeared with Dick Powell (as private eye Philip Marlowe) in "Murder, My Sweet", adapted from Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely"
Starred in the Broadway production of "Dark Victory"
Appeared on Broadway in "The Big Two"; show closed after 21 performances
Offered Oscar-winning turn as Edward G Robinson's alcoholic moll in the crime drama "Key Largo"
Received Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her spunky turn as a passenger on a troubled airplane in "The High and the Mighty"
Made TV debut in "Alias Nora Hale", aired as part of Ford Television Theater
Starred opposite Fredric March in TV version of "Dodsworth"; earned Emmy Award
Co-starred in "Marjorie Morningstar"
Played Robinson's shrewish wife in "Two Weeks in Another Town"
Cast as Joanne Woodward's mother in "The Stripper"
Returned to stage to star in touring production of "The Killing of Sister George" in the late 1960s
Last film for 15 years, "The Cape Town Affair"
Final film, playing Sally Field's mother in "Kiss Me Goodbye"
Final acting role, in the ABC TV-movie "Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties"
Last TV appearance on the Academy Awards telecast, as part of a salute to previous award winners