She played Edie Hart, the title character's love interest in Peter Gunn, and starred in the 1962 film Kid Galahad.
She had an unremarkable job as a switchboard operator for a local radio station, which led to several minor roles and a modeling job.
Her best known film parts required singing, and she decided to take the opportunity to release an album of her work, entitled Lola Wants You. She also appeared in the western The Way West.
Her third husband was her Peter Gunn co-star Craig Stevens.
Henry Mancini composed the theme song that made the movie Peter Gunn famous.