Born in Tokyo to British subjects; moved to California at 3 years old.
As a teen, she frequented a soda shop called Kirk and Bill's, where the proprietors would extend credit. Upon returning to the establishment after 18 years, she was presented with an outstanding bill of $1.81, which she promptly paid.
Won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland, but never attended due to her budding acting career.
Discovered by famed theatrical producer Max Reinhardt while appearing in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
While under contract to Warner Bros., she starred in nine movies with Errol Flynn.