According to singer Mel Tormé, she had a powerful gift of retention. She could view a piece of music once and have the entire thing memorized.
She had an intense fears of flying, horses, and guns.
She was close friends with Katherine Hepburn.
Her most famous role was the inspiration for the character of MaryAnn on Gilligan's Island.
She heard the same line in two of her movies. In both, her love interest says, "Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?"
Her nicknames included Joots, Miss Show Business, and Baby Gumm.