Oscar-nominated encouraging actress who appeared inside a Christmas Story aswell as Lack of Malice in 1981 and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind in 1977. She got her breakout performing part in the Broadway creation of Who’s Scared of Virginia Woolf in 1962. She also became known on her behalf tasks in Magnolia in 1999 and Harry as well as the Hendersons in 1987. She was wedded to Richard Libertini from 1963 to 1978. She and Richard got a son called Richard Jr. She co-starred in the 1983 traditional family humor A Christmas Tale 1983 with Peter Billingsley.