• 1936 Commission as the only woman admiral of the Texas Navy
  • 1940 Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for her dramatic performance in Kitty Foyle, where she played a young lady from the wrong side of the tracks.
  • 1952 Golden Globe Nomination for her role in Monkey Business.
  • 1972 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
  • 1991 Houston International Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 1991 Friends of Childhelp, Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 1992 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, an award recognizing the lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents of America’s most prestigious artists. Other recipients include Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Temple, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry, among others
  • 1995 Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Awards, an award recognizing stunning contributions to humanity and the enduring legacies they have given to humankind. Other recipients include Helen Hayes, Janet Reno, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kate Smith, Betty Ford, and Mother Teresa, among others.