She is the grandmother of actor James Sanger.
Attended graduate school at Case Western before moving to New York. In Los Angeles from 1959.
Studied acting in New York under Herbert Berghof.
Was qualified as a teacher but chose an acting career instead.
Loved nature and animals, fostering wild birds, taking in strays and volunteering for many environmental and conservation organizations.
Her father, John C. Hoag, was a supervisor for the A&P store chain.