In 1953, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" on behalf of her husband (Anthony Quinn), who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
One son drowned at 3 in W.C. Fields pool.
Orphaned at age 9, after her father died in WWI and her mother died of tuberculosis. She was adopted by director Cecil B. DeMille and his wife. Her birth name was Katherine Lester.