She was born in the New York borough of The Bronx. As a child, she appeared on The Children's Hour, a television show locally aired in New York, sponsored by Horn & Hardart, a cafeteria chain which had locations in New York and Philadelphia. She later became a singer and dancer with the USO and joined big band orchestras such as those of Sammy Kaye, Johnny Dee, and Larry Fontaine. In 1953 she signed with Coral Records, but had no hits for them, later switching to Fraternity Records, a small company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, in early 1955. It was for Fraternity that she had her only major hit, "Ivory Tower", which was her third record for Fraternity, done in 1956. The song was a cover of a rhythm & blues song done by Otis Williams & the Charms, and another artist who also had a hit covering this song was Gale Storm. She never again had another big hit, though in 1959 she had two small successeses for Roulette Records. She later switched to Smash Records (in 1961), Laurie Records (in 1962), and finally Dot Records (in 1966).