Took the name Kim from the character Magnolia's daughter in the musical Show Boat.
Best known for her role as Marlon Brando's wife Stella in the film and stage versions of A Streetcar Named Desire; she earned an Oscar for the film. (Brando's desperate plea of "Stella!!!" is an iconic film moment.)
Also known to many for her portrayal of Dr. Zira in Planet of the Apes film franchise.
Was blacklisted by the film industry during the McCarthy era. One reason for this was her appearance in a 1943 film (Tender Comrade) seen by some as pro-Soviet.
Wrote an autobiography-cookbook titled Loose in the Kitchen.
2000, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
1952, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
1951, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner