By age six was performing in local church pageants
Moved with family to California after father's nervous breakdown
Remained in California after parents divorce
Made screen test at Fox; signed to six-month contract, although she never made a film
Offered two-year contract with RKO
Film debut in "Laugh and Get Rich"
Named a Wampas Baby Star
Cast in "She Done Him Wrong", starring Mae West and Cary Grant
Played Shirley Temple's older sister in "Curly Top"
Retained by Darryl Zanuck when Twentieth Century-Fox was formed
Toured in vaudeville
During WWII, worked for US Naval Intelligence with then-husband Harold Thompson
Moved to Canada with Thompson
Returned to the USA
TV debut in episode of "Racket Squad"
Was series regular on "That's My Boy"
Cast as Natalie Wood's mother in "Rebel Without a Cause"
"Retired" from acting and moved to a ranch in Arizona
Resumed her career in "Straight Jacket" and in TV guest appearances
Final film "Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors"
Became partner with her mother in real estate ventures