Made her film debut at age 70+ as the title role in The Bread, My Sweet (2001) (aka "A Wedding for Bella") in 2001, co-starring Scott Baio.
First husband was actor Michael Thoma, who appeared in the series Fame (1982) and Eight Is Enough (1977). Second husband, Joe Patti, married since 1967, was a jazz drummer now retired.
In 2003 she returned to the New York stage in a production of "Killing Louise."
As "Penny Hughes" on As the World Turns (1956), she and actor Mark Rydell, as "Jeff Baker", became daytime's first major teen romance.
At age 18 she did a feature film for the Navy about VD entitled "It Could Happen to Your Kid Sister." She played the sobbing sister who contracted the disease.