- Began receiving acting coaching at the age of 12.
- Began her acting career on Broadway, earning a Tony for her performance in Another Part of the Forest (1947).
- Overcame several debilitating strokes in the 1960s and made her comeback in the 1968 film, The Subject Was Roses.
- Acted alongside costar Richard Thomas in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the 1971 movie pilot for the television series The Waltons; in 1979, played the mother of Thomas' character in All Quiet on the Western Front.
- 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
- 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1947, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
- 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
- 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
- 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
- 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: Winner
- Roald Dahl — Ex-husband
- Tessa — Daughter
- William — Father
- Olivia — Daughter
- Margaret Ann VandeNoord — Sister
- Eura — Mother
- Lucy — Daughter
- Theo — Son
- Pete Neal — Brother
- Ophelia — Daughter
- Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States
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