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Irene Rich

From Wikipedia Irene Rich (October 13, 1891 - April 22, 1988) was an American actress who worked in both silent films and talkies, as well as radio. 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 often portrayed society women, such as 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 in John Wayne's Angel and the Badman (1947); in John Ford's cavalry story Fort Apache (1948) she portrayed Mrs. O'Rourke, the wife of Sergeant O'Rourke (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, Dear John (aka The Irene Rich Show). Her leading man was actor Gale Gordon (who later played Lucille Ball's apoplectic boss "Mr. Mooney" on TV). Rich appeared in stage productions, including Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) which starred George M. Cohan, the creator of the play, and later As the Girls Go in 1948. Rich has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for her contribution to the motion picture industry at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard and one for her contributions to the radio industry at 6150 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Oct 13, 1891 In Buffalo, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Law Unto Herself 1918-08-19
Latest Project:
Movie Joan of Arc 1948-12-22
Known For
Poster of Joan of Arc
Poster of Lucretia Lombard
Poster of Defying Destiny
Poster of The Strange Boarder
Movie Joan of Arc Catherine le Royer, Joan's friend 1948-12-22
Movie Fort Apache Mrs. Mary O'Rourke 1948-06-14
Movie Angel and the Badman Mrs. Worth 1947-02-15
Movie Calendar Girl Lulu Varden 1947-01-31
Movie New Orleans Mrs. Rutledge Smith 1947-04-18
Movie This Time for Keeps Mrs. Bryant 1942-03-01
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Margaret Patterson 1941-08-02
Movie The Mortal Storm Mrs. Roth 1940-06-14
Movie The Lady in Question Michele Morestan 1940-08-07
Movie Keeping Company Mrs. Thomas 1940-12-27
Movie Queen of the Yukon Sadie Martin 1940-08-26
Movie The Right Way Mrs. Martin 1939-07-01
Movie Everybody's Hobby Mrs. Myra Leslie 1939-08-26
Movie That Certain Age Mrs. Dorothy Fullerton 1938-10-06
Movie Of Human Bondage Baby (uncredited) 1934-07-20
Movie Her Mad Night Joan Manners 1932-10-12
Movie Down To Earth Idy Peters 1932-09-01
Movie Manhattan Tower Ann Burns 1932-12-01
Movie Father's Son Ruth Emory 1931-03-07
Movie Beau Ideal Lady Brandon 1931-01-25
Movie Strangers May Kiss Celia 1931-04-04
Movie Five and Ten Jenny Rarick 1931-06-13
Movie The Champ Linda Carleton 1931-11-21
Movie Wicked Mrs. Luther 1931-10-04
Movie The Mad Parade Mrs. Schuyler 1931-09-18
Movie So This Is London Mrs. Hiram Draper 1930-06-06
Movie Check and Double Check Mrs. Blair 1930-10-02
Movie On Your Back Julianne 1930-09-14
Movie They Had to See Paris Mrs. Idy Peters 1929-09-18
Movie Powder My Back Unknown 1928-03-10
Movie Beware of Married Men Unknown 1928-01-14
Movie Craig's Wife Harriet Craig 1928-09-16
Movie Women They Talk About Irene Mervin Hughes 1928-08-10
Movie Fashion News Self (1929) 1928-11-06
Movie The Desired Woman Diana Maxwell / Lady Diana Whitney 1927-08-27
Movie The Climbers Duchess of Arrogan 1927-05-03
Movie The Silver Slave Unknown 1927-11-12
Movie Silken Shackles Denise Lake 1926-05-13
Movie The Honeymoon Express Mary Lambert 1926-09-02
Movie My Official Wife Hélène, Countess Orloff 1926-10-16
Movie The Man Without a Conscience Unknown 1925-06-07
Movie Eve's Lover Eva Burnside 1925-07-06
Movie My Wife and I Unknown 1925-05-16
Movie The Pleasure Buyers Unknown 1925-12-19
Movie Lady Windermere's Fan Mrs. Erlynne 1925-12-26
Movie Beau Brummel Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York 1924-03-30
Movie Pal o' Mine Unknown 1924-03-15
Movie Cytherea Fanny Randon 1924-05-04
Movie Being Respectable Unknown 1924-07-01
Movie Captain January Isabelle Morton 1924-07-06
Movie This Woman Unknown 1924-11-02
Movie Brass Mrs. Grotenberg - aka Mrs. G. 1923-03-04
Movie Dangerous Trails Unknown 1923-01-10
Movie Rosita The Queen 1923-09-03
Movie Defying Destiny Beth Alden 1923-09-29
Movie Boy of Mine Unknown 1923-12-30
Movie Lucretia Lombard Lucretia Morgan 1923-12-07
Movie The Trap The Teacher 1922-05-08
Movie One Clear Call Unknown 1922-05-20
Movie Brawn of the North Marion Wells 1922-11-12
Movie The Ropin' Fool The Girl 1922-10-29
Movie A Fool There Was Mrs. Schuyler 1922-06-18
Movie A Tale of Two Worlds Mrs. Carmichael 1921-03-13
Movie Boys Will Be Boys Lucy 1921-05-05
Movie The Street Called Straight Drusilla Fane 1920-02-01
Movie The Strange Boarder Jane Ingraham 1920-04-01
Movie Water, Water, Everywhere Hope Beecher 1920-02-08
Movie Jes' Call Me Jim Miss Butterworth 1920-05-23
Movie Godless Men 'Black Pawl's' Wife 1920-11-06
Movie A Man in the Open Kate 1919-02-23
Movie The Spite Bride Eileen Moore 1919-09-21
Movie The Silver Girl Unknown 1919-04-06
Movie A Law Unto Herself Stephanie 1918-08-19