|Born|| 9 April 1910 |
|Died||27 July 1990 80) (aged|
Hove, East Sussex, England
Wilfrid J. O'Bryen
(m. 1932;died 1977)
Elizabeth Allan (9 April 1910 – 27 July 1990) was an English stage and film actress who worked in both Britain and Hollywood, where she appeared in 50 films.
Allan was born in Skegness, Lincolnshire in 1910 and educated in Darlington, County Durham. At age 17, she made her stage debut at the Old Vic. She made her film debut four years later in Alibi . 
She appeared in a number of films for Julius Hagen's Twickenham Studios, but was also featured in Gainsborough's Michael and Mary and Korda's Service for Ladies .  In 1932 she married agent Wilfrid J. O'Bryen, to whom she was introduced by actor Herbert Marshall; they were together 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 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 , but she was subsequently replaced by Rosalind Russell. When she was replaced again by Greer Garson in Goodbye, Mr Chips , Elizabeth successfully sued the studio.  The studio retaliated by refusing to let her work, and, frustrated, she returned to the UK in 1938. The same year she appeared onstage in the West End farce The Innocent Party alongside Basil Radford and Cecil Parker.
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 panellist 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, on the Sussex coast, at age 80. She was cremated at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton and the ashes were taken by the family. 
Her name is on Brighton & Hove's Scania OmniDekka bus 655.
|1931||Rodney Steps In||Masked Lady||Short|
|1931||The Rosary||Vera Mannering|
|1931||Black Coffee||Barbara Amory|
|1931||Chin Chin Chinaman||Olga Dureska|
|1931||Michael and Mary||Romo|
|1931||Many Waters||Freda Barcaldine|
|1932||Service for Ladies||Sylvia Robertson|
|1932||The Chinese Puzzle||Naomi Melsham|
|1932||Nine till Six||Gracie Abbott|
|1932||Down Our Street||Maisie Collins|
|1932||The Lodger||Daisy Bunting|
|1933||The Shadow||Sonia Bryant|
|1933||Looking Forward||Caroline Service|
|1933||The Lost Chord||Joan Elton|
|1933||No Marriage Ties||Peggy Wilson|
|1933||The Solitaire Man||Helen Heming|
|1933||Ace of Aces||Nancy Adams|
|1934||The Mystery of Mr. X||Jane Frensham|
|1934||Men in White||Barbara|
|1934||Java Head||Nettie Vollar|
|1934||Outcast Lady||Venice Harpenden|
|1935||David Copperfield||Clara Copperfield|
|1935||Mark of the Vampire||Irena Borotyn|
|1935||A Tale of Two Cities||Lucie Manette|
|1936||A Woman Rebels||Flora Anne Thistlewaite|
|1937||The Soldier and the Lady||Nadia|
|1937||Slave Ship||Nancy Marlowe|
|1938||Dangerous Medicine||Victoria Ainswell|
|1938||It Might Be You||Betty||Short|
|1940||The Girl Who Forgot||Leonora Barradine|
|1940||Saloon Bar||Queenie King|
|1942||Went the Day Well?||Peggy Pryde|
|1942||The Great Mr. Handel||Mrs. Cibber|
|1945||He Snoops to Conquer||Jane Strawbridge|
|1949||If This Be Sin||Sybil|
|1951||No Highway in the Sky||Shirley Scott|
|1952||Folly to Be Wise||Angela Prout|
|1953||Twice Upon a Time||Carol-Anne Bailey|
|1953||The Heart of the Matter||Louise Scobie|
|1954||Front Page Story||Susan Grant|
|1955||The Brain Machine||Philippa Roberts|
|1958||The Haunted Strangler||Barbara Rankin|
|1951||The Concert||Frances Hein||TV film|
|1955–56||The Adventures of Annabel||Annabel||TV series|
|1956||The Chalet||Cyra Carter||TV film|
|1956||The Adventures of Aggie||Toni||Episode: "Top Secret"|
|1961||Call Oxbridge 2000||Peggy Graham||TV series|
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