Getty Images She eventually found work as a model, and as she sought acting roles, received advice from Lela Rogers — mother of her good friend Ginger Rogers — that she would later follow.
She later moved in with DaVita, who occasionally beat her, and shaped parts of her personality around his gangster ways.
She often ate food left over by diners in local cafes, and brought a handbag with a plastic liner on dates so she could take home half-eaten steaks.
But given their shared roving eye, perhaps the most surprising aspect of their story is that they stayed together as long as they did.
To distinguish herself from the blond actress, she dyed her hair red for the first time.
This photo was taken after he was born in their California home.