Irene Worth

Actor, Teacher
Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1916 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

Mrs. Haywood (Actor)

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

Princess Alina (Actor)

Lost in Yonkers 1993 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Shell Seekers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Knife 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Forward 1985 (Movie)

Ida Sabol (Actor)

Separate Tables 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

Helga Ten Dorp (Actor)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Mrs. Sokolow (Actor)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

Madeleine's Mother (Actor)

King Lear 1971 (Movie)

Goneril (Actor)

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna (Actor)

To Die In Madrid 1965 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

Francoise (Actor)

Orders to Kill 1957 (Movie)

Leonie (Actor)

The Stratford Adventure 1954 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Forbidden (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in 1943 in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls." Deciding that she wanted to be a classical actress, she moved in 1944 to England. There she became known as an outstanding interpreter of Shakespeare, appearing with the Old Vic Theater Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring opposite such luminaries as Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness and Noel Coward.

Relationships

Luke Evans

Brother

Parent
Mennonites

Carol Johnson

Sister
survived her

EDUCATION

studied acting with Elsie Fogarty in London (1944-45)

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1937
acted in school productions(Bed)

Santa Ana Junior College

Santa Ana , California
attended for two years; school name later changed to Santa Ana College

Newport Harbor High School

Costa Mesa , California
attended in junior and senior year; graduated in 1933

attended high school in Ventura, California

Milestones

2001

Appeared at Britain's Almeida Theatre in "I Take Your Hand in Mine", based on the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper

1999

Suffered stroke and had to withdraw from "Ring Around the Moon"

1999

Had cameo role in "Onegin"

1996

Made guest appearance on the AMC original series "Remember WENN"

1994

Starred in the one-person show "Irene Worth's Portrait of Edith Wharton"; reprised role in 1997

1983

Acted in the HBO remake of "Separate Tables"

1982

Co-starred as the psychic in "Deathtrap"

1979

Enjoyed a stage success as Winnie in an NYC production of Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days"

1979

Appeared in "Rich Kids"

1977

Won acclaim in "The Cherry Orchard"

1975

Returned to US to star in "Sweet Bird of Youth" in Chicago; production fell through; play finally produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music, then moved to Broadway; won second Tony Award

1970

Cast as the Tsar's mother's in "Nicholas and Alexandra"

1968

Starred in Brook's experimental production of "Oedipus" at London's National Theater

1967

Had lead role in "Heartbreak House"

1964

Originated title role in Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice"; won Tony Award

1960

Had success in NYC production of "Toys in the Attic"

1954

Appeared as herself in the documentary, "The Stratford Adventure"

1953

Invited to lead inaugural season at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, with Alec Guinness

1953

Played Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" at the Old Vic in London

1952

Toured South Africa with the Old Vic

1951

Cast as Desdemona in "Othello"

1950

Joined the Old Vic Theater Company

1949

Originated role of Celia Coplestone in T.S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" in Edinburgh

1948

Feature acting debut, "One Night With You"

1946

London stage debut in "The Time of Your Life"

1943

Moved to London

1942

Broadway debut as Cecily Harden in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls", starring Bergner

1941

Moved to NYC; adopted stage name

1941

Stage debut as Fenella in "Escape Me Never" in Elizabeth Bergner's touring production

1930

Family left Mennonites and settled in Saticoy, California

1928

Moved to another Mennonite community in San Luis Obispo, California

1920

Family moved to Reedley, California to reside in a Mennonite community

Worked as a kindergarten teacher in Santa Ana, California

Worked with Brook's company in Paris, and on tour in Iran

Won third Tony for "Lost in Yonkers"; reprised role in the 1993 film version

While attending college, landed a one-line role as a witness in a courtroom in a film; RKO director Alfred Santell reportedly encouraged her to pursue acting, but her mother voiced her opposition

Born in Nebraska

Co-starred in "Coriolanus"

Toured the world, starring as Goneril in Peter Brook's production of "King Lear"; reprised role in the 1971 film version

Bonus Trivia

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She was decorated Commander of the British Empire.

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She is a recipient of the Whitbread Anglo-American Award for Outstanding Actress (1967).

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