Born October 11, 1919, in Hove, Sussex, England; died March 31, 1991, in Marbella, Spain. Performer and playwright. Bannerman began her career as a stageactress in the late 1930s. She had major roles in London productions of Major Barbara and The Gambler, and played Portia in a British tour of The Merchant of Venice. In the late 1940s Bannerman left the stage to write comedies in collaboration with her husband, Harold Brooke. Many of their nineteen scripts were produced on the stage and several were filmed. Bannerman and Brooke's works include The Iron Maiden, No, My Darling Daughter, and their most successful piece, Let Sleeping Wives Lie.