Famed for her beauty as well as her voice, she starred in acclaimed roles in the U.S. productions of The Grand Duchess.
She became famous for her role in the comic opera, The Snake Charmer, and then appeared on the Gilber and Sullivan directed production, Patience and The Sorcerer.
She was the feminine ideal of her generation and toured in England with a burlesque company.
She was married three times. Her first marriage was annulled after nine years when it was revealed that her husband had another wife.
Henry Fonda starred in a 1940s film about her life, which was directed by one of her former castmates.