Ivan appeared in 14 United States films from 1944 to 1954. She had a memorable role as the nagging wife of a bank teller (Edward G Robinson) in Fritz Language"s film Scarlet Street (1945). That role, along with a similar "nagging wife" role (of Charles Laughton) in Robert Siodmak"s The Suspect (1944), caused some in Hollywood to dub her "Ivan the Terrible".
She also appeared in 20th Century Fox"s Biblical epic The Robe.
The actress gained most of her fame on the Broadway and London stages.