B. Music Education, Alabama State Women's College (now University Montevallo), 1959; Postgrad., Florida State University, 1960; Doctor of Hebrew Literature honorary, Mount St. Mary's College, 1982.
Teacher music Sarasota (Florida) public schools, 1961.
Appeared with Asolo Theatre Repertory Company, Sarasota, 1962-1972. Appeared in Off-Broadway, Wedding Band, 1972. Quarrel of Sparrows, 1993, The Time of the Cuckoo, 2000, Chaucer in Rome, 2001, A Few Stout Individuals, 2002, Broadway shows All Over Town, 1975, Arsenic and Old Lace, 1986-1987, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1990 (Tony nomination), Picnic, 1994.Appeared in plays The Glass Menagerie, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, 1988. Appeared as Flo on Columbia Broadcasting System-television series Alice, 1976-1980 (4 Emmy nominations), Flo, 1981 (Emmy nomination). Appeared in Columbia Broadcasting System-television series The Client, 1995-1996, Golden Girls, 1986, Amazing Stories, 1986, Home Improvement, 1993, 94.Appeared in television movies You Can't Take It With You, 1981, The Shadyhill Kidnapping, 1981, All the Way Home, 1981, Missing Children, 1982, A Gift of Love, 1983. Public Broadcasting Service Wonderworks series Konrad, 1985, (television movies) Triumph of the Heart, 1991, Surviving Love, 2003. Appeared in feature films All The President's Men, 1975, The One and Only, 1977, Gremlins, 1984, Moon Over Parador, 1987, Mistress Doubtfire, 1993, Mr.Wrong, 1996, The Parent Trap, 1998, It Must be Love, 2004.