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Elizabeth Allan

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elizabeth Allan (9 April 1908 – 27 July 1990) was an English actress who worked in both England and Hollywood, making about 50 films over more than a quarter century. She was born at Skegness, Lincolnshire in 1908 (some sources indicate 1910), and after four years onstage with The Old Vic, she made her movie debut in 1931, first appearing in Alibi. In 1932 she joined Wilfred J. O'Bryen — to whom she had been introduced by actor Herbert Marshall — in a marriage that lasted until his death in 1977. Her first US/UK co-production and first US production came in 1933, and she worked in the United States under contract with MGM. 1935 was her most memorable year in Hollywood, when she not only distinguished herself in two memorable Dickens' adaptations as David's unfortunate young mother in George Cukor's David Copperfield and as Lucie Manette in Jack Conway's A Tale of Two Cities, but was also featured in Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire. Allan did not think highly of the latter film, to which she had been assigned, and considered it "slumming".[citation needed] MGM announced her for a leading part in King Vidor's The Citadel, and, when she was subsequently replaced by Rosalind Russell, Elizabeth sued the studio. The studio retaliated by refusing to let her work, and, frustrated, she returned to England in 1938. By the 1950s, Allan had made the transition to character parts. Particularly memorable is her appearance as Trevor Howard's brittle and dissatisfied wife in the film adaptation of Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter (1953). In 1958, she appeared as Boris Karloff's wife in The Haunted Strangler. Late in her career, she was a frequent panelist on television game shows, including the British version of What's My Line?. She was named Great Britain's Top Female TV Personality of 1952. She died at Hove, East Sussex, aged 82. Description above from the Wikipedia article Elizabeth Allan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Apr 9, 1908 In Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Alibi 1931-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Grip of the Strangler 1958-07-03
Known For
Poster of The Heart of the Matter
Poster of No Highway in the Sky
Poster of Went the Day Well?
Poster of Outcast Lady
Movie Grip of the Strangler Barbara Rankin 1958-07-03
Movie The Brain Machine Dr. Phillipa Roberts 1955-01-01
Movie Front Page Story Susan Grant 1954-03-15
Movie Folly to be Wise Angela Prout 1953-01-09
Movie The Heart of the Matter Louise Scobie 1953-11-03
Movie Twice Upon a Time Carol-Anne Bailey 1953-07-06
Movie No Highway in the Sky Shirley Scott 1951-09-21
Movie That Dangerous Age Lady Sybil 1949-04-13
Movie He Snoops to Conquer Jane Strawbridge 1944-12-12
Movie The Great Mr Handel Mrs. Cibber 1942-11-09
Movie Went the Day Well? Peggy 1942-12-07
Movie Saloon Bar Queenie 1940-11-02
Movie Inquest Margaret Hamilton 1939-12-01
Movie The Soldier and the Lady Nadia 1937-04-09
Movie Slave Ship Nancy Marlowe 1937-06-16
Movie Camille Nichette, the Bride 1936-12-12
Movie A Woman Rebels Flora Anne Thistlewaite 1936-11-06
Movie Mark of the Vampire Irena 1935-04-26
Movie David Copperfield Mrs. Copperfield 1935-01-18
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Lucie Manette 1935-12-25
Movie The Mystery of Mr. X Jane 1934-02-23
Movie Men in White Barbara 1934-04-06
Movie Outcast Lady Venice 1934-09-28
Movie Java Head Nettie Vollar 1934-07-31
Movie Looking Forward Caroline Service 1933-04-28
Movie No Marriage Ties Peggy Wilson 1933-08-11
Movie The Shadow Sonia Bryant 1933-01-01
Movie The Solitaire Man Helen Hemming 1933-09-22
Movie Ace of Aces Nancy Adams 1933-10-20
Movie Service for Ladies Sylvia Robertson 1932-06-20
Movie Nine Till Six Gracie Abbott 1932-03-14
Movie The Chinese Puzzle Naomi Melsham 1932-08-08
Movie The Phantom Fiend Daisy Bunting 1932-09-08
Movie Rodney Steps In Masked Lady 1931-06-30
Movie Alibi Ursula Browne 1931-01-01
Movie Chin Chin Chinaman Countess Olga Dureska 1931-09-01
Movie Michael and Mary Romo 1931-11-04
Movie Black Coffee Barbara Amory 1931-12-11
Movie Many Waters Freda Barcaldine 1931-11-01