She committed suicide in 1987 by leaping from the window of her fifth floor apartment. Because of the circumstances of this, Doug Walker's Demo Reel was a tribute to her, with Elissa Hoffman taking on the role as aging actress who committed suicide because the roles dried up, and "Blue Patches" being her Oscar nominated movie.
Notable roles include:
- A Patch of Blue as Selena D'Arcy
- You're A Big Boy Now as Barbara Darling
- The Beguiled as Edwina
- The Night Gallery episode "The Dark Boy" as Judith Timm
- Walking Tall (1973) as Pauline Prusser
- The Secret of NIMH as Mrs. Brisby