Debuted on the London stage in 1947, and gave an acclaimed performance as Ophelia in a Stratford-upon-Avon production of Hamlet in 1948.
Made her film debut in 1948's The Blind Goddess and achieved stardom as a result of her role in Charlie Chaplin's Limelight (1952).
Costarred with lover Richard Burton in Alexander the Great (1956), Look Back in Anger (1959) and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965).
Appeared in two Woody Allen films: as Martin Landau's wife in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and in the chorus of Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
Her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll's House, recounts the unraveling of her marriage to author Philip Roth, whom she threatened with a lawsuit when he planned to give her name to an unsympathetic character in his novel Deception.
1953, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Winner
1999, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
1982, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
Elizabeth Blume — Mother
John Bloom — Brother
Philip Roth — Ex-husband
Mary Grew Sheridan — Aunt
Anna Justine Steiger — Daughter
Rod Steiger — Ex-husband
Hillard Elkins — Ex-husband
Richard Burton — Ex-significant Other
Laurence Olivier — Ex-significant Other
Yul Brynner — Ex-significant Other
Edward Max Blume — Father
Attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England; attended Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England