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Also Known As: Elizabeth Gillease Died: September 19, 2006
Born: January 25, 1929 Cause of Death: kidney failure
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey Profession: actor, model

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A beautiful brunette whose sly smile turned heads when she was a fashion model, Broadway actress and screen star Elizabeth Allen is remembered for appearing alongside John Wayne in "Donovan's Reef" and in a number of short-lived television series across her career. She began to model as a teen and was soon cast in television, notably on the first episode of "Twilight Zone," where she played a cryptic saleswoman whose store models come to life. Her beauty and talent won her a number of primetime guest spots, until her first major supporting role came, as the high-society Ameilia Dedham, who attempts to tame the wild John Wayne in 1963's "Donovan's Reef." The following year, Allen played another key supporting part, in John Ford's Native American drama "Cheyenne Autumn." Meanwhile, Allen was working on Broadway, and eventually had two Tony Award-nominated turns, in "The Gay Life" and "Do I Hear a Waltz?." At the end of the ‘60s she played the part of executive secretary Laura Deane on the Hollywood studio-set "Bracken's World." From the title character's wife on family sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show" to Victoria Bellman in soap spinoff "Texas," Allen always found TV roles while continuing her stellar...

A beautiful brunette whose sly smile turned heads when she was a fashion model, Broadway actress and screen star Elizabeth Allen is remembered for appearing alongside John Wayne in "Donovan's Reef" and in a number of short-lived television series across her career. She began to model as a teen and was soon cast in television, notably on the first episode of "Twilight Zone," where she played a cryptic saleswoman whose store models come to life. Her beauty and talent won her a number of primetime guest spots, until her first major supporting role came, as the high-society Ameilia Dedham, who attempts to tame the wild John Wayne in 1963's "Donovan's Reef." The following year, Allen played another key supporting part, in John Ford's Native American drama "Cheyenne Autumn." Meanwhile, Allen was working on Broadway, and eventually had two Tony Award-nominated turns, in "The Gay Life" and "Do I Hear a Waltz?." At the end of the ‘60s she played the part of executive secretary Laura Deane on the Hollywood studio-set "Bracken's World." From the title character's wife on family sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show" to Victoria Bellman in soap spinoff "Texas," Allen always found TV roles while continuing her stellar Broadway career as well.

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 No Other Love (1979) Jean Michaels
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 The Haunted Strangler (1958) Mrs Rankin
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 No Highway in the Sky (1951) Shirley Scott
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 Slave Ship (1937) Nancy Marlowe
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 The Soldier and the Lady (1937) Nadia
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 Camille (1936) Nichette
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 A Woman Rebels (1936) Flora Anne Thistlewaite
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 A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Lucie Manette
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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 in Lincolnshire, England. In 1931 first appeared in film, in The Rosary, second-billed behind another actress. She appeared in a further six films that year. In 1932 she joined Wilfred J. O'Bryen in a marriage that lasted until his death in 1977. Her first US/UK co-production and first US production came in 1933. She worked under contract with MGM until 1938, and returned to Britain after that. Her best remembered roles were Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities with Ronald Coleman, Irena in Mark of the Vampire with Bela Lugosi and Clara Copperfield in David Copperfield, all in 1935. Late in her career, she was a frequent panelist on television game shows, including the British version of What's My Line?. In the 1950's she made her last nine films, culminating in The Haunted Strangler in 1958, starring Boris Karloff. Allan died at Hove in East Sussex.

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