Began her acting career on Broadway, earning a Tony for her performance in Another Part of the Forest (1947).
Overcame several debilitating strokes in the 1960s and made her comeback in the 1968 film, The Subject Was Roses.
Acted alongside costar Richard Thomas in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the 1971 movie pilot for the television series The Waltons; in 1979, played the mother of Thomas' character in All Quiet on the Western Front.
1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: Winner
1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1977, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
1947, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
Pete Neal — Brother
Roald Dahl — Ex-husband
Tessa — Daughter
Margaret Ann VandeNoord — Sister
Olivia — Daughter
Ophelia — Daughter
Theo — Son
William — Father
Eura — Mother
Lucy — Daughter
Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States