Lincoln, a "WAMPUS Baby Star" in 1929, started her acting career in silent films, her first film being Slippery Silks in 1927. Pretty, petite, and talented, she would star in ten films from 1927 to the end of 1928. In 1930 she starred opposite Bob Steele in The Land of Missing Men, which started her on a path to several lead heroine roles in western films. Well into 1933, she received repeated starring lead roles, mostly in westerns. One of her best known roles during this period was opposite Tom Tyler in War on the Range.
Her career had slowed by 1934, however, and her last credited role would be that same year, in Charlie Chan's Courage. She was close friends to legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck, through whom she would meet Stanwyck's brother, Byron Stevens. She and Stevens would marry in 1934, and remain together until his death in 1964. She never remarried. They would have one son, Brian.
Her acting career took a backseat to her marriage and family, with her having few roles from 1934 to 1951, all uncredited. She would retire in 1951, and never returned to acting. She died on February 20th, 1983, in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, California.