Student, Los Angeles Community College.
She was also a screenwriter, songwriter, author and composer. She started her career on the stage. In 1948-1949, she wrote scripts for the television programs Pantomime Quiz and Time Foreign Beany.
Apart from writing scripts and books, Gardner also worked as a music composer for films.
However, she was most active as an actress for radio and television animated series. She voiced Spunky in The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole, Bonnie on the television special Here Comes Peter Cottontail, played Josephine Bonaparte opposite Groucho Marx"s Napoleon in the animated special The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians and Zazu the Fairy Godmother on Pound Puppies.
Member Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Writer's Guild American West, American Society of Composers.
Married Edward Janis, January 7, 1960.