The daughter of a lawyer and a fashion consultant was trained at a New York drama school and went in 1934 with a contract from MGM to Hollywood. After many minor roles it was established in 1940 by the roller in His Girl Friday to stardom.
Your talent lay in light comedies in which she excelled with wit, sarcasm and elegance. She was often seen as a business woman who falls in love with her male secretary, so in love, for dictation, or as a woman with their own ideas as in a woman with spirit of enterprise. From the middle of the decade she worked with no fixed studio contract and now came more often in dramatic roles. However, her film career came to an end at the beginning of the 1950s.
She returned to Broadway, where she celebrated with the play Auntie Mame triumphs. They also took over the lead role in the film version of The great aunt and then began a second career that would last until 1971. This gave good roles, as in Gypsy alternated, starting with a few flops, as in Five Fingers Exercise or Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad. A star on the Hollywood Boulevard, height 1708 Vine Street, recalls the actress.
- Academy Awards 1943 - nomination for Best Actress for My Sister Ellen
- Academy Awards 1947 - Nominations for Best Actress for Sister Kenny
- Academy Awards 1948 - nomination for best actress for Mourning Becomes Electra
- Academy Awards 1959 - nomination for Best Actress for The great aunt
- Oscars 1973 - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her charity work
Golden Globe Award
- Golden Globe Awards 1947 - Award for best actress in a drama for Sister Kenny
- Golden Globe Awards 1948 - Voted best Hauptdarstellin in a drama Mourning Becomes Electra for
- Golden Globe Awards 1959 - Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical for The great aunt
- Golden Globe Awards 1961 - Award for best actress in a comedy or musical for 1000 miles to Yokohama
- Golden Globe Awards 1963 - Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Gypsy