Character actress Doris Packer was known for playing aristocratic matrons. Born in Menominee, Michigan in 1904, her family moved to southern California while Doris was quite young. She became interested in acting while in high school, and continued acting while a student at UCLA. After graduating she moved to New York to study under drama teacher Evelyn Thomas. She appeared in many Broadway shows, including Elizabeth the Queen, in which she played the title role. Doris married stage director Rowland G. Edwards in the late 1920s and was with him until his death in 1952. The next year Doris moved to California and began working in television.