- Began acting at age 12.
- Honed her acting skills by appearing in some 600 plays with stock companies.
- Made her Broadway debut in 1925 in Hell's Bells, along with then-newcomer Humphrey Bogart.
- Toiled on Broadway for a decade before achieving her first major success in 1935 in the comedy Three Men on a Horse.
- Won a Tony for Come Back, Little Sheba in 1950, and won an Oscar for reprising the character in the film adaptation two years later; was the first actress to win both awards for the same role.
- Come Back, Little Sheba was her first movie, and she only appeared in three other films.
- 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
- 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
- 1950, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
- 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Winner
- 1964, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
- 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
- 1955, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
- 1953, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
- 1949, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
- 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Winner
- 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- Virginia Wright Ford — Mother
- Ed Gardner — Ex-husband
- William Baker — Husband (deceased)
- Albert James Ford — Father
- Jean Ford Coe — Sister
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