She was singing at the famed Stork Club around Christmas 1944 where she was spotted by a talent scout who brought her to Hollywood in January 1945 to begin her career in motion pictures.
Cites Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), 'Round Midnight (1986), and Choose Me (1984) as her must-have movies.
She was raised Roman Catholic but converted to Christian Science in 1956. She remained a strict adherent following her conversion and refrained from smoking, drinking, and doctor visits.
One of Glamour magazine's "Best Dressed College Girls of 1961."
One daughter: Alexis Stewart (b. 27 September 1965).
One of the first female stockbrokers (at Perlberg, Monness, Williams and Sidel) on Wall Street. She got her license on 14 August 1968.
She was a fan of the television shows "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "The Golden Girls" (1985)_, and _"Touched By An Angel" (1994)_.
Was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1996".
Took her company public (19 October 1999)
Convicted of four felony charges on 5 March 2004: conspiracy to obstruct justice, make false statements, and commit perjury; false statements (2 counts); obstruction of justice. Result of investigation into her sale of ImClone stock.
Due to her criminal record, she was forced to cancel her trip to Nova Scotia to attend an annual pumpkin festival in October 2005. In the past she would have been free to go, but because of her record requires a visa to enter Canada. Days later she was granted a visa in record time thus drawing the ire of critics who say that she was given undue political favor.
In 2006, she donated $5 million to New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital for a center on healthy aging.
Her mother, Martha Kostyra, passed away November 16, 2007 at age 93.
She was inducted into the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Enterprise.
Her designated federal inmate prison number is 55170-054