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was a stage and film character actress. Ivan appeared in 14 US films from 1944 to 1954. She had a memorable role as the nagging wife of a bank teller (Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star during Hollywood's Golden Age, he is best remembered for his roles as gangsters, such as Rico in his star-making film Little Caesar and as Rocco in Key Largo...
) in Fritz Lang
Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang was an Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute...
's film Scarlet Street
Scarlet Street is a 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang and based on the French novel La Chienne by Georges de La Fouchardière, that previously had been dramatized on stage by André Mouëzy-Éon, and cinematically as La Chienne by director Jean Renoir.The principal actors Edward G...
(1945). That role, along with a similar "nagging wife" role in The Suspect
The Suspect is a 1944 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, set in Victorian times. It is based on the novel This Way Out, by James Ronald. Released by Universal Pictures, it tells the story of Philip Marshall , a kind but henpecked bank teller who strikes up an innocent friendship with a young...
(1944), caused some in Hollywood to dub her "Ivan the Terrible". The British actress gained most of her fame on the Broadway and London stages.