Trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University.
Performed with the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Companies.
Appeared on Broadway in such shows as Nine, Sunday in the Park With George and The King and I, for which she received a Tony nomination.
In 1971, originated the role of Alma in the stage production of Summer and Smoke, based on a Tennessee Williams play. A 1982 TV production of the work also featured her in the same role; the New York Times called her TV work "superb."
Has appeared in the TV series Dawson's Creek and The Good Wife.
In 2010, performed in the stage production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
The following year, was in the stage cast of Follies. She took on that role while also filming her scenes for The Good Wife.
1985, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
2017, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BA in Music, 1962)