Raised by mother in NYC
Rejected by Yale; went to work for Mercury Theater as a switchboard operator
Co-founded, made stage acting debut with "The Revuers" cabaret group, featuring Adolph Green and Betty Comden, Al Hammer and John Frank
Performed in Greenwich Village nightclubs with the Revuers and appeared on the radio in a half-hour program on NBC called "Fun with the Revuers"
The Revuers moved to L.A.
Began in feature films with roles in "Greenwich Village", "Something for the Boys" and "Winged Victory"
Broadway debut, "Kiss Them for Me", playing the first of her signature "dumb blonde" roles
Breakthrough stage role replacing Jean Arthur as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday"
Returned to films to play a supporting role in "Adam's Rib"
First starring role in films, "Born Yesterday"; won Best Actress Oscar
Starred in "Dream Girl" on Broadway
Signed with Columbia
Called to testify before HUAC
Co-starred with Jack Lemmon in "It Should Happen to You"
Returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical "Bells Are Ringing"; won Tony Award
Starred in "The Solid Gold Cadillac"
Last film, recreating stage role in "Bells Are Ringing"
Final Broadway show, "Hot Spot"