Born in Sweden on April 28, 1941, this future actress and singer came to America at age 6. She studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. She was discovered by George Burns and soon afterward got both a record deal at RCA and a film contract at 20th Century Fox.
In 1961, she had her first taste of stardom when her single "I Just Don't Understand" reached Number Four on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her acting debut followed the same year as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's remake Pocketful of Miracles (1961). She starred in the musical State Fair (1962) a year later before her breakthrough the following year.
With the blockbuster films Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964) (where she starred opposite ...» read full biography