Vocalist and Tony Award-winning music theater performer who all played the function of Mom Abbess in the initial 1959 Broadway creation of The Audio of Music. She graduated from Notre Dame University prior to starting her stage profession. She debuted on Broadway within a 1942 creation of La vie parisienne. She made an appearance on the tv screen show Breaking Stage and in the tv screen movie Golden Kid. She wedded second hubby John Francis Byme in 1968. She made an appearance in the initial Broadway creation of The Audio of Music; the musical starred Mary Martin as Maria.