BiographyAn actress of African American and European descent. Born in New York City, attended Smith College and The New School.
In 1945, she made her Broadway debut in Strange Fruit. This performance was followed by roles in Razzle Dazzle, The Insect Comedy, The Climate of Eden, Take a Giant Step, Jane Eyre, and The Power and The Glory. In 1959, she opened the acclaimed musical, Once Upon a Mattress, originating the role of Queen Aggravain alongside Carol Burnett and Joseph Bova.She won an Obie Award in 1971 for sustained achievement.