Played Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies and also had notable success in film and on the Broadway stage.
After the end of the Beverly Hillbillies in 1971, she was offered a role on television similar to the Granny character she was playing, but she set it aside to fulfill her dream to act on Broadway.
She was a frequent panelist on Allen Ludden's Password game show in the 1960s and early '70s.
A popular vaudeville actress, she accompanied Bob Hope on the USO tours, billed as the "the gal who makes Bob Hope laugh."
She spent her formative years in San Francisco.
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