- Was a tour guide at NBC's New York studios after college.
- Made her TV debut as a cheerleader on Campus Hoopla, a 1946-47 NBC sports-variety show.
- Studied at New York's Actors Studio with Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Julie Harris and Ben Gazzara.
- Achieved success on Broadway in 1953's The Trip to Bountiful, winning a Drama Critics Award.
- Has two stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (one for movies, the other for TV).
- Had a theater at her alma mater, Bowling Green State University, named for her.
- 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
- 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1956, Emmy — Best Actress-Single Performance: Nominee
- 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: Nominee
- 1958, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
- 1955, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Nominee
- 1955, Emmy — Best Actress in a Single Performance: Nominee
- 1954, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- John Merle Saint — Father
- Laurette Hayden — Daughter
- Eva Marie Rice Saint — Mother
- Jeffrey Hayden — Husband (deceased)
- Darrell Hayden — Son
- Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, United States (BA in Theater Arts, 1946)