Known for such novels-turned-Hollywood films as How Green Was My Valley and None but the Lonely Heart, this acclaimed English author earned the 1940 National Book Award for the former work.
In the years leading up to World War II, he traveled frequently and worked in the coal mining and hotel management industries. His first literary work, Poison Pen: A Play in Three Acts, was published in 1939.
After working in the post-war years as a journalist reporting on the Nuremburg Trials, he began his career as a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Born to Welsh parents in Middlesex, England, Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd was married twice: first, to Nona Sonstenby (whom he divorced in the late 1960s) and later, to Susan Heimann.
Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon, and Anna Lee starred in the 1941 film adaptation of his novel How Green Was My Valley.