She was an only child, and maintained a close relationship with her mother throughout her life.
She didn't drink, but she had her very own ice cream soda fountain.
Always the outdoor sporty type, she was a near-champion tennis player, a topline shot and loved going fishing.
She turned down Donna Reed's role in It's a Wonderful Life.
She was good friends with Lucille Ball and Bette Davis.
She was born Virginia Katherine McMath, but was nicknamed Feathers by one of her co-stars.
She was a fashion consultant for the J.C. Penney chain from 1972-75.
She won a Charleston contest in 1925, at the age of 14, and appeared in vaudeville acts until she was 17.