Studied classical piano, ballet and various forms of dance, beginning at an early age. Graduated high school and became a prima ballerina for the Los Angeles Opera at age 15. Reportedly has an I.Q. of 135. Scored a 99 on her entrance exam for UCLA, but attended the school for only six weeks before going to work for Universal Studios as a choreographer, teacher and dance double. Appeared in gold body paint (and a bikini) at age 17 for her role in 1953's Serpent of the Nile. Landed first Broadway role at age 19 as a ballerina in Silk Stockings. Appeared in the Broadway and film productions of Li'l Abner (1956 and '59) and The Marriage-Go-Round (1958 and '60); won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Marriage-Go-Round. Had her legs insured for $1 million. Became the first to play Catwoman in the Batman series in 1966 at the urging of her brother, a Batman fan and Harvard fellow in Physics. Posed for Playboy magazine in 1968 and 1969. Holds three U.S. patents: 3,914,799 and 4,003,094 for "Pantyhose With Shaping Band for Cheeky Derriere Relief"; and 3,935,865 for "Brassiere." Appeared nearly nude in a 1977 edition of People magazine---donning high heels and pantyhose---to market her invention, Nudemar pantyhose. Ran her own real-estate business in the 1980s.