Created the role of Laurey Williams in the original Broadway stage version of "Oklahoma!" Her role was played in the 1955 film version by Shirley Jones
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[on auditioning in 1943 for the role of Laurey in 'Oklahoma', using the text from 'Green Grow the Lilacs ] It was filled with vulgar language, and during the reading I just dropped the words because no eighteen-year-old farm girl would use those words. I never thought I would get the part but I did and, you know, none of that language was in it when it opened.
Originated the female lead role of Laurey in the 1943 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's long-running hit musical "Oklahoma!".