Ann Todd began her stage career in England in 1928 and broke into the movies three years later. After numerous (if somewhat intermittent) screen roles, she became internationally popular for her performance as a vulnerable pianist in The Seventh Veil (1945). From 1949-1957, she was married to director David Lean, who directed several of her films. Todd joined the London's Old Vic theater company in the '50s and appeared in a number of Shakespeare plays. In the mid-'60s, she began a second career as a maker of documentaries, which she wrote, produced, and directed. She published her autobiography, The Eighth Veil, 1980 and died in 1993.