Referred to as The Queen of Wisecracks, she obtained fame on her behalf contribution to brief comedy films from the 1930s. She started dance in vaudeville at age group 12 and produced her Broadway debut in 1928. Her functionality in the 1971 stage revival of No, No, Nanette gained her a Tony Award. She was open up about her homosexuality throughout a period when it had been regarded taboo, and accepted to having resided with celebrity Wilma Cox. She performed her most remarkable jobs in comedies made by Hal Roach.