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Irene Rich
Born Irene Luther
October 13, 1891(1891-10-13)
Buffalo, New York
Died April 22, 1988 (aged 96)
Hope Ranch, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1918-1949

Irene Rich (October 13, 1891 - April 22, 1988) was an American actress who worked in both silent pictures and talkies.

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Career

Born Irene Luther in Buffalo, New York, Rich worked for Will Rogers, who used her in eight pictures including Water Water Everywhere (1920), The Strange Boarder (1920), Jes' Call Me Jim (1920), Boys Will Be Boys (1921), and The Ropin' Fool (1921). She commonly played experienced society women. She played this role in the 1925 adaptation of Lady Windermere's Fan and also in Queen of the Yukon (1940).

In two of her last films she played a frontier wife and mother. She was the mother of Gail Russell's character 'Penelope Worth', in John Wayne's Angel and the Badman as well as in John Ford's cavalry story Fort Apache in which she portrayed Mrs. O'Rourke, the wife of Sergeant O'Rourke (played by Ward Bond).

In the 1930s, Rich did much work in radio. From 1933 to 1944, she hosted a nationwide anthology program of serialized mini-dramas entitled Dear John (also called The Irene Rich Show). Her leading man was actor Gale Gordon, who later played Lucille Ball's apoplectic boss "Mr. Mooney" on TV. Rich also dabbled in stage in such productions as Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) which starred George M. Cohan and As the Girls Go in 1948.

Personal life and death

Rich was married four times. She had two daughters—one of whom, Frances Rich, was a stage and film actress in the 1930s before becoming a sculptor.

On April 22, 1988, Rich died at age 96 of heart failure in Hope Ranch, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Irene Rich has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard.

Selected filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1918 A Law Unto Herself Stephanie
1919 The Spite Bride Eileen Moore
1920 Stop Thief Madge Carr
1921 Sunset Jones Marion Rand
1922 The Yosemite Trail Eve Marsham
1923 Rosita The Queen
1924 Behold This Woman Louise Maurel
1925 The Man Without a Conscience Shirley Graves
1926 Silken Shackles Denise Lake
1927 The Desired Woman Diana Maxwell
1928 Ned McCobb's Daughter Carol
1929 The Exalted Flapper Queen Charlotte of Capra
1930 Check and Double Check Mrs. Blair
1931 The Champ Linda
1932 Manhattan Tower Ann Burns
1934 Spitfire Woman Uncredited
1938 That Certain Age Dorothy Fullerton
1939 Everybody's Hobby Mrs. Myra Leslie
1940 The Mortal Storm Amelie Roth
1941 Three Sons o' Guns Mrs. Margaret Patterson
1942 This Time for Keeps Mrs. Bryant Alternative title: Over the Waves
1947 Calendar Girl Lulu Varden Alternative title: Star Dust and Sweet Music
1948 Joan of Arc Catherine le Royer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 1 episode

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