Elizabeth Allan was born April 9, 1910 in Skegness, Lincolnshire. Her family moved to Darlington, South Durham where she attended school. A scholarship allowed her to attend the school of London's Old Vic; her stage debut was in Sept. 1927. She signed with producer Julius Hagan & made several films at Twickenham studios including 2 based on Agatha Christie novels & 1 on the play Michael & Mary; she met Wilfred J. O'Bryen, her agent & later husband, when she appeared in that play's West End production. Leslie Howard & Alexander Korda 1st collaborated in a polished remake of an Adolph Menjou Paramount silent entitled Service for Ladies (1932); it garnered her & costar Benita Hume contracts with MGM come Feb. 1933. Both made their American debuts in Service which was renamed Looking Forward (1933) to coincide with FDR's recently published tome of the same name. When MGM did not have a part for her, they loaned her to RKO twice. Although married, she had affairs with actor Clark Gable & producer Eddie Mannix. Costars Myrna Loy & Bela Lugosi noticed Allan's flirtations with both men on set; Loy found it amusing but Lugosi disapproved. MGM allowed her to return to England in Feb. 1934 on vacation & to make Java Head (1934); however, she probably wanted to reassure her husband after being linked with George Gershwin, William Rhinelander Stewart, & even Marlene Dietrich in gossip columns. Come Nov. 1934, she lamented to Louella Parsons that she was being underused; she soon appeared in what turned out to be her best work in a couple of Dickens adaptations (David Copperfield & A Tale of Two Cities) & a horror spoof (Mark of the Vampire) in 1935. She was loaned out to other studios before she sued MGM when 2 roles she was promised went to other actors. MGM blacklisted her after she won; she lost on appeal & remained in England for the rest of her career. During WWII she helped with the War effort in a London canteen along with Mildred Evelyn, wife of former Hollywood star Clive Brook. She supported the Conservative Party after WWII & regained her stardom on British TV come the 1950s. She became a Roman Catholic before dying July 27, 1990 in Hove, East Sussex.