She gained great attention for her success in the talking film Abraham Lincoln (1930) where she played Ann Rutledge.
Her career took off during the rise of talking pictures.
Her last film role was next to Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie Spinout.
She started her career by standing in for Lillian Gish in 1920s silent films.
She married Ronald Burla in 1932 and divorced him in 1945.