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Elizabeth Allan

(1910-1990), Actress

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Elizabeth Allan, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x7240

Elizabeth Allan

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG x7240

Elizabeth Allan, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x75979

Elizabeth Allan

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950
NPG x75979

Elizabeth Allan, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18334

Elizabeth Allan

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and wash, 1938
NPG D18334

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Anjel Candy

20 September 2017, 23:58

Elizabeth Allan (1910-1990) stage and screen actress was born on 9 April 1910 in Skegness, Lincolnshire to parents Dr. Alexander William Allan (1868-1954) and Amelia Morris Woodward (1877-1959). She married theatrical agent, Wilfred James Wheeler O'Bryen (1898-1977) in 1932.

After winning a scholarship to study acting at 'The Old Vic' she began her stage career at the 'Lyric Theatre' aged 17 and made her first film in 1931. She went to Hollywood in 1933 and found considerable success before returning to Britain in 1938 following a dispute with MGM studios.

Elizabeth Allan appeared in about 50 films in total from 1931 to 1967. Later in her career she became a popular personality on British television. She died of undisclosed causes on 27 July 1990 in Hove, East Sussex aged 80.

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