Brunette Donna Lee Hickey danced at New York's Copacabana nightclub at the age of 17 and played bit parts at 20th Century Fox (1952-1953). She tested for the role of Alma in From Here to Eternity (1953) but lost out to the more established Donna Reed. Instead she played May Wynn, Robert Francis' love interest in The Caine Mutiny (1954), and adopted the character's name as her own. Subsequent film roles were uninteresting, however, and a stint as the secretary on Jack Webb's veterinarian series Noah's Ark (1956) proved short-lived when the television show was canceled after one season on NBC. May Wynn was at one point married to Jack Kelly, her co-star in They Rode West (1954) and four other films.