This native of Crossville, Tennessee along with her husband, actor and director, Paul began the Cumberland County Playhouse in rural Tennessee in 1965. Under their guidance it has become one of America's most successful rural theaters. Before returning to Crossville, she was an actress, director and costume designer in New York and Florida. She was a mother of seven. Her husband preceded her in death in 1979. This theater pioneer died at the age of eighty-three.