She attended Columbia University, studying for a teaching degree.
Not to be confused with English actress, Helena Bonham Carter. During this period she worked as a fashion model, which led to her becoming a cover girl. She was offered a film acting contract by producer Leonard Goldstein, which led to a brief acting career.
Her first film role was Time Out of Mind in 1947, which starred Ella Raines, Eddie Albert, and Phyllis Calvert.
From 1947 to 1953 she would appear in thirteen films, during which time she also worked as a model. In 1948 she appeared on the cover of Life Magazine.
One of her most recognizable film roles was opposite Randolph Scott in the 1951 western Fort Worth. Her final film role was in 1953 when she starred in William Cameron Menzies" sci-fi thriller Invaders from Mars.
Her second marriage was to Michael Meshekoff, with whom she would remain until his death.
She was living in Culver City, California at the time of her death at age 76 on January 11, 2000.