She gained fame for her roles in silent films during the 1930s, including Safe in Hell in 1931.
She ran away to London as a teenager to pursue a career in stage acting.
She retired to take care of her sick mother in 1937 but returned to pursue small acting roles from 1970 to 1980.
She was married three times between 1926 and 1934. She had no children.
She starred opposite actor Humphrey Bogart in the popular 1932 film Love Affair.