Discovered at age 12 by silent-film director Allen Dwan while playing baseball with neighborhood children.
Had a facial scar from a 1925 car accident.
Remained good friends with ex-husband William Powell after their divorce; they starred together in 1936's My Man Godfrey.
Nicknamed "the Profane Angel" because of her penchant for swearing.
Sold war bonds during World War II, and died in a plane crash (along with her mother) in 1942 on her way home from a campaign; President Roosevelt publicly eulogized her and posthumously awarded her the Medal of Freedom.
Her last film, To Be or Not to Be, was released after her death.
1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee