She was born on October 29, 1888, in Clinton, New Jersey.
She sang in the American premiere of Boris Gudonov in 1913 at the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1930, before retiring in the same year, she recorded "Just Awearyin' for You" by Frank Lebby Stanton and Carrie Jacobs-Bond.
In 1931, she married ITT Corporation executive Clarence Mackay.
Upon her death on January 7, 1984, in New York City, she bequeathed her 167.97-carat (33.59 g) Colombian emerald ring and Boucheron necklace to the Smithsonian Institution.[