Viva Tattersall was born in London, England, as Vera Tattersall, the second child of Hugh Herbert Tattersall, a British master mariner, and his wife, the former Lilian Elizabeth Webb.
Among her siblings were Kathryn; Cecil; Honor; Marjorie (the wife of the Australian economist Colin Clarke); and Emma Lilian (later Lady Henderson), who, as Emmy Nikis, was a French Resistance heroine. As a young movie actress, Vera "Viva" Tattersall moved to the United States in 1920, settling in New York City, and writing several plays with a co-star, actor Sidney Toler, her future husband. She died in Cannes, South of France in 1989.
- 1936 - L'Heure mystérieuse
- 1935 - La Veuve de Monte-Carlo
- 1932 - Cynara