- Maternal granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (narrated the 1983 documentary Portrait of an Artist: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright).
- Began studying with noted drama teacher Maria Ouspenskaya at age 11; made Broadway debut two years later.
- Breakout film role was in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).
- Met first husband John Hodiak while both were filming the 1944 drama Sunday Dinner for a Soldier.
- Was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for All About Eve, as was Eve costar Bette Davis; both lost to Judy Holliday (for Born Yesterday).
- As Nefretiri in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1986), uttered the camp-classic line: "Oh Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool."
- Returned to Broadway in 1971 in Applause, the musical adaptation of All About Eve, as Margo Channing, Bette Davis' role in the movie.
- Notable TV roles include Robert Young's love interest in the 1969-70 season of Marcus Welby, M.D.; and the proprietor in Aaron Spelling's Hotel (1983-88) (replacing Davis, who appeared in the pilot).
- 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1950, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1947, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- David Klee — Husband (deceased)
- Catherine White — Mother
- Randolph Galt — Ex-husband
- Frank Lloyd Wright — Grandfather
- Kenneth Stuart Baxter — Father
- John Hodiak — Ex-husband
- Richard Tobin Baxter — Brother
- Melissa Galt — Daughter
- Maginel Galt — Daughter
- James Stewart Baxter — Brother
- Katrina Hodiak — Daughter
- Birth Place: Michigan City, IN
- Birthday: May 7, 1923, Taurus
- Died: December 12, 1985
- Profession: Actor
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