While she did have a career, mostly in the 1950s and early 1960s, she was one of the first people famous for being famous. I am old enough to remember her making the talk show circuit, especially Merv Griffin. Always had the opinion she was in on the joke.
Perhaps best known these days as director of Tommy, Altered States and The Devils. Often viewed as a controversial director due to liberal amount of sex and nudity in his pictures, especially those related to works of DH Lawrence.