- Was named Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables in 1949.
- Originally worked as a dancer and a magician's assistant.
- Film debut was in Easy to Love in 1953.
- Appeared on Broadway in All Summer Long in 1955, which led Elia Kazan and Tennessee Williams to cast her, instead of Marilyn Monroe, in the title role of Baby Doll.
- Was a member of the famed Actors Studio.
- Felt she was blacklisted by Hollywood in the late 1960s, so she moved to Italy and starred in numerous horror and exploitation flicks.
- Made a comeback in the U.S. in 1977 by starring in Andy Warhol's Bad.
- Prominent supporting roles in The Watcher in the Woods, Star 80 and Ironweed brought her back to acclaim in America during the 1980s.
- Published Baby Doll: An Autobiography in 1983; also wrote the non-fiction To Africa With Love and the novel A Roman Tale.
- 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
- 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1957, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
- William Watson Baker — Father
- Virginia Baker — Sister
- Louie Ritter — Ex-husband
- Herschel Garfein — Son
- Virginia Duffy Baker — Mother
- Blanche Baker — Daughter
- Jack Garfein — Ex-husband
- Donald Burton — Husband (deceased)
- Attended St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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