She was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on
stage and TV before making her film debut as a sexy Southern
majorette in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" 1957). Her next
role was also southern: Eula Varner in "The Long Hot Summer"
(1958). She emerged as a real star in still in the roll of an
apparent rape victim in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959). And she won
an Academy Award nomination for her role as the alcoholic wife of
'Jack Lemmon' (qv) in "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962). After more
work in TV and movies, she moved to England in 1970, making more
movies there. In 1988 she formed a production company with partners
'James Garner' (qv) and Peter Duchow.