- Stepfather was a U.S. Army colonel; spent her childhood traveling around to Army bases with her family.
- Studied with famed acting coach Lee Strasberg and at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.
- Got her start in acting as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
- Nominated for a Tony Award for her stage debut as Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway in 1962.
- After shooting to stardom in Woolf and having problems handling the pressure, quit the show and took a month off to recuperate in a mental institution.
- 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
- 1963, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Nominee
- 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1977, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Norine Dillon — Mother
- W.S. Dillon — Stepfather
- Richard Libertini — Son
- Richard Libertini — Ex-husband
- Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BFA in Acting, 1961)