Born in 1888 Sweden, she emigrated to the United States in the first decade of the 20th century. At 5'7," blonde and blue-eyed, she modelled before breaking into motion pictures. Her modelling led to a role in the 1911 two-reeler film, Molly Pitcher at Kalem studio.
She worked for many studios including Paramount, First National, and Goldwyn. Her popularity continued until the advent of talkies despite a 2-year hiatus after being paralyzed from a horse accident. She went through therapy in order to walk again.
During the sound era, she appeared in many classic films but as a bit player, sometimes uncredited. Her sound films include The Farmer's Daughter, Cynthia, The Boy With Green Hair, Adam's Rib, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.