Of European descent, blonde, Argentinean-born Renée Gadd began studying ballet while vacationing in England with her parents. Remaining in Great Britain, she later made her stage debut in the Fokine ballet Hassan and was awarded roles in such West End productions as Supply and Demand and The Man Who Kissed His Wife. Gadd made her screen debut as a comic maid opposite Sir Seymour Hicks in Money for Nothing (1932) and was fast becoming a dependable screen player when Hollywood beckoned in 1934. A competent farceur, she was rather wasted by American producers, but was amenable enough attempting to lure Edward Everett Horton away from wife Genevieve Tobin in Uncertain Lady, (Tobin is agreeable provided that Gadd secures her a replacement hubby in handsome Paul Cavanagh). After briefly being hypnotized by Nils Asther in The Love Captive (1934) and playing a minor role in David O' Selznick's David Copperfield (1935), she returned to the United Kingdom.