She is best remembered for providing most of the voices of the female characters on the popular 1980s animated series ThunderCats. She voiced Luna of the Lunatacs; Willa, Queen of the Warrior Maidens; Female Unicorn Guardian; Wilykit; Mandora; and, most importantly, Cheetara (a role she later reprised for an episode of Family Guy). She was in the Second City company in Chicago in the 1969-70, and The Committee in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She made her Broadway debut standing by for Bernadette Peters in the ill-fated musical of the classic La Strada, choreographed by Alvin Ailey and directed by Alan Schnieder. It lasted one performance. Her Broadway credits include the original production of David Rabe's Boom Boom Room at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont, performing the matinees for Madeline Kahn, and Sherlock Holmes with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She won several Cleo awards for her voiceover and animation work. In the mid-eighties Ad Age dubbed her the Meryl Streep of the microphone. For two seasons in the early 70's, she appeared on the David Frost Review, with fellow actors Cleavon Little, Marcia Rodd, Jack Guilford.
She was originally hired for the role of Mrs. Houseman in the film Dirty Dancing, but became ill and was forced to leave the film. The role went to Kelly Bishop.