During WWI, worked as an ambulance driver
Began career as a stenographer at Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (later Paramount)
Trained as an assistant film cutter
Appointed as chief editor at Realart Studios; cut and edited at least one film per week
Attracted attention at Paramount for her editing of the Rudolph Valentino vehicle, "Blood and Sand", particularly the bullfight sequence that used stock footage as well as reels of Valentino
Early screenplay credits included "The Breed of the Border" and "The No-Gun Man"
When Harry Cohn offered a contract as director at Columbia, B P Schulberg agreed to let her helm a film for Paramount
Film directorial debut at Paramount with "Fashions for Women"
Used music and sound effects but no dialogue in "Manhattan Cocktail"
First talking picture, "The Wild Party", starring Clara Bow
First collaborations with screenwriter Zoe Akins, "Sarah and Son" and "Anybody's Woman", both starring Ruth Chatterton
Reportedly offered uncredited directorial assistance to Robert Milton on "Behind the Makeup" and "Charming Sinners"
Ended full-time affiliation with Paramount Studios; freelanced for the rest of her career
Helmed "Christopher Strong", starring Katharine Hepburn; also written by Akins
Hired by Samuel Goldwyn to direct "Nana"
Directed remake of "Craig's Wife", starring Rosalind Russell
Was director of "The Bride Wore Red", starring Joan Crawford
Steered Maureen O'Hara and Lucille Ball in "Dance, Girl, Dance"; film received belated attention in the 1980s and 1990s for its feminist overtones
Directed instructional films during WWII
Made last feature, "First Comes Courage"
Contracted pneumonia and was an invalid for more than a year
Initiated first film classes at the Pasadena Playhouse
Hired at the suggestion of Joan Crawford (then married to the company's president) to direct more than 50 television commericals for Pepsi Cola in the 1950s
Taught at UCLA for four years in the 1960s; among students was Francis Ford Coppola
Feted in a tribute given by the Directors Guild of America