A beautiful blonde Ziegfeld girl, Nolan was beset by personal troubles that eventually overshadowed her film career. She appeared in the "Follies" in the early 1920s under the name Imogene 'Bubbles' Wilson, until her relationship with the physically abusive comic Frank Tinney made too many headlines. Changing her name to Mary Nolan, she moved to the screen where she turned in a number of effective performances, notably opposite Lon Chaney in "West of Zanzibar" (1928), with John Gilbert in "Desert Nights" (1929) and in Tod Browning's "Outside the Law" (1930). Nolan also sailed for Germany, where she made several successful films under yet another pseudonym. Her career was over by the mid-1930s, though, due to increasing personal dramas. Broke and in failing health, she worked as a nightclub singer until her untimely death at age 42 in 1948.