She became one of the first English actresses to have a Hollywood career, and became the highest-paid actress in 1938.
She began modeling at the age of three.
She starred in director Alfred Hitchcock's film 39 Steps.
Her sister Marguerite died in 1940 in the Blitz.
She made her career as one of Alfred Hitchcock's scream queens, a path mirrored by Janet Leigh, who starred in Psycho.