- Debuted on Broadway in 1955 in The Grand Prize alongside June Lockhart and Tom Poston.
- Was a regular panelist on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret from 1955 to '67.
- Took her famous role of Pamela Voorhees in the 1980 slasher film Friday the 13th in order to pay for a new car.
- Last returned to Northwest Indiana in April 2005 to perform for charity in a Munster High School production of Love Letters.
- Was inducted to Northwest Indiana's South Shore Wall of Legends in December 2013.
- Vincent R. Hrunek — Father
- Vincent Marandino — Ex-husband
- Missy Merandino — Daughter
- Marie L. Hrunek — Mother
- The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BFA, Acting)