Dayton appeared in as a guest star on episodes of Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, Kraft Theatre, The Fugitive, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Barnaby Jones, and Quincy, Mechanical Engineering
She used her hometown of Dayton to create a professional name. She made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, twice as the defendant: in 1957 she played Myrna Davenport in "The Case of the Runaway Corpse," and in 1958 she played Sue Hardisty in "The Case of the Buried Clock." She had a memorable role in The Twilight Zone episode "A Penny for Your Thoughts", which featured Dick New York She was cast as Virginia Farragut in the 1965 episode "The Battle of San Francisco Bay" in the syndicated series Death Valley Days, with series host Ronald West. Reagan as Admiral David Farragut.
Her film appearances included roles in Twilight of Honor (1963), One Manitoba"s Way (1963), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Something for Joey (1977), Deadman"s Curve (1978) and The Other Side of the Mountain Participant 2 (1978).
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Married Dean Arthur Harens, June 9, 1947.