Irene Bedard

Actor, Playwright
This lithe, strikingly attractive performer of stage and screen achieved celebrity with her fine speaking voice as Disney's animated "Pocahontas" (1995). Prior to that highly touted hit, Bedard drew upon her Native ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1967 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Songs My Brothers Taught Me 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Longmire 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turok: Son of Stone 2014 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

Messenger (Actor)

Tortilla Heaven 2007 (Movie)

Liberata (Actor)

Cosmic Radio 2005 (Movie)

K.C. (Actor)

Into the West 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New World 2005 (Movie)

Pocahontas' Mother (Actor)

Paris 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Agency 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lost Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Money 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Song of Hiawatha 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Your Guardian 2000 (Movie)

Katherine 'Kat' Damon (Actor)

Naturally Native 1999 (Movie)

Tanya Lewis (Actor)

Smoke Signals 1998 (Movie)

Suzy Song (Actor)

12 Bucks 1997 (Movie)

Babe (Actor)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Navajo Blues 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World 1997 (Movie)

of Pocahontas (Voice)

Crazy Horse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Avenue 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

of Pocahontas (Voice)

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale 1994 (Movie)

Nakooma (Actor)

High Horse 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Edge of America (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Long Journey (TV Show)

Actor

True Women (TV Show)

Actor

Two For Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Wildflowers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This lithe, strikingly attractive performer of stage and screen achieved celebrity with her fine speaking voice as Disney's animated "Pocahontas" (1995). Prior to that highly touted hit, Bedard drew upon her Native American heritage--she's the daughter of a French Canadian/Cree and an Inupiat Eskimo--to make a powerful impression starring as Mary Crow Dog in the made-for-cable telefilm "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee" (TNT, 1994). Bedard won raves and several awards for her portrayal of a woman whose spiritual awakening is linked to the violent events of the 1973 siege at the Wounded Knee Reservation in South Dakota. She donned 17th century period garb to play a supporting role in her feature debut, Disney's live-action adventure "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" (1994). Though proud of her heritage and cognizant of the importance of role models, Bedard has relished opportunities to play roles where her ethnicity was not an issue.

Relationships

Denny Wilson

Husband
married 1993

Milestones

1998

Had featured role in "Smoke Signals"

1995

Provided the speaking voice of Disney's "Pocahontas" for the animated blockbuster

1995

Hosted the TV special "The Making of Pocahontas: A Legend Comes to Life" on the Disney Channel

1995

First TV guest shot, "The Marshall"

1994

TV acting debut, starred in "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee", a TNT TV-movie

1994

Film acting debut, Disney's "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale"

Grew up in the suburbs of Anchorage, Alaska

Co-founded the Chuka Lokali theater ensemble in NYC

Worked in theater

Bonus Trivia

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Bedard was invited by Robert Redford to participate in the 1994 Director's Workshop at the Sundance International Film Festival along with such established performers as Sally Fields, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman

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Bedard serves her community as a storyteller to Native American children.

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Bedard has formed a production company called The Half Moon.

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