Well-known for her work in various films from the 1940s and early 1950s, she actually is particularly notable on her behalf portrayal of Velma in the 1941 film noir heist feature High Sierra, on her behalf performance as Mary Cohan in the 1942 musical movie Yankee Doodle Dandy and on her behalf role as Gracie Williams in the 1941 Alvin York biopic Sergeant York. During her years as a child years, she produced uncredited performances in the movies Camille (1936) and Guys with Wings (1938). She was the 2006 receiver of the Golden Shoe Award for Life time Accomplishment in the Traditional western film genre. Delivered Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel in Highland Recreation area, Michigan, to Agnes and John Brodel, she was raised with old sisters called Mary and Betty. Her five-decade relationship to Dr. William G. Caldwell led to twin daughters called Ellen and Patrice. She co-starred with Fred Astaire in the 1943 musical humor film The Sky’s The Limit.