- Entered a local beauty contest in 1952 while working as a secretary.
- Launched her TV career on New Year's Eve 1954 with a part on an episode of the Western anthology series Death Valley Days.
- Breakout movie role was in the 1959 Western Rio Bravo alongside Dean Martin and John Wayne.
- Appeared in the Rat Pack's 1960 comedy-drama Ocean's Eleven.
- Had a guest-starring role as brassy Sergeant Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson in a 1974 episode of the popular crime-anthology series Police Story. She garnered so much critical acclaim that the spin-off Police Woman was created for her later that year.
- Was the original choice to play Krystle Jennings Carrington on the popular nighttime sudser Dynasty, but declined the role. Linda Evans took the part.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987.
- Walked off the set of This Is Your Life and refused to do the show after being selected as an honoree in 1993.
- Daughter Nikki had Asperger's syndrome her entire life but wasn't officially diagnosed until she was an adult. Nikki committed suicide in 2007.
- 1960, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
- 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
- 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Janet — Sister
- Lea Nikki Bacharach — Daughter
- Frank Sinatra — Ex-significant Other
- Larry King — Ex-significant Other
- Frederica Brown — Mother
- Leo H. Brown — Father
- Gene Dickinson — Ex-husband
- Mary Lou Belmont — Sister
- Burt Bacharach — Ex-husband
- Attended Glendale Community College, Glendale, California, United States; attended Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, California, United States
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