Actress. Her roles ranged from a nightclub singer in the Broadway play "Bus Stop" to the mother of Frances Farmer in the movie "Frances." She never won a Tony but was nominated for two Oscars. She did win two Emmy awards, one for an episode of "Ben Casey" and another for her role as 'Big Mama' in a PBS production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." One of her memorable final roles was that of 'Pancho Barnes' in the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff."
Bio by: Ron Moody
1916–1995 (m. 1958)