Became a child model at age 14 (date approximate)
Began modeling for the John Roberts Powers Agency
Film debut in "Renegades of the West"
Appeared on Broadway stage during the 1940s in "Doughgirls" and "My Sister Eileen"
Became TV's highest-paid product representative as model/spokeswoman for Westinghouse refrigerators throughout the 1950s on CBS dramatic series "Studio One"
Hosted TV variety series, "Penhouse Party"
Starred in her own TV series, "Byline" playing a reporter
Appeared on CBS-radio in "Dimension of a Woman's World" and "Ask Betty Furness"
Appointed President Johnson's Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs and chairwoman of the President's Commission on Consumer Affairs
Served as chairwoman and executive director of New York State Consumer Protection Board
Was consumer columnist for MCCALL's magazine
Resumed consumer column in MCCALL'S
Named New York City Commissioner of Consumer Affairs by Mayor John Lindsay
Named consumer affairs director and reporter for NBC-TV in New York; also contributed weekly consumer affairs segment to the "Today Show" (1974)
Was given an on-air tryout as cohost of "Today" after the departure of Barbara Walters; the job went to Jane Pauley
Successfully battled stomach cancer
Let go as consumer affairs reporter by NBC; to be replaced by a more aggressive investigative reporter in March