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Irene Ryan ACTOR

Irene Ryan was born on October 17th, 1902 in San Francisco, California with the birth name Jessie Irene Noblett, born to parents, James Merrit Noblitt and Katherine McSharry.  
Her most well known role was in 1962 on the television series, "The Beverly Hillbillies" playing the character of Granny.  For this role she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series during 1963 and 1964. 
Prior to getting cast in this role she had established herself in the entertainment industry as a well known vaudeville performer as well as radio and film actress.  She was also well known for co-starring with Bob Hope on NBC's Radio program, "The Bob Hope Show".  She also traveled with Bob Hope during World war II to entertain the troops.
When she performed in vaudeville, she had an act with her then husband, Tim Ryan who was also a writer and they were billed as, "Tim and Irene".  Later the couple had a number of short subject films for Educational Pictures.    
Irene was soon adding to her resume television appearances on such shows as, "The Danny Thomas Show", "The Ray Bolger Show", "Wagon Train", "Petticoat Junction", "Mister Ed", "My Three Sons" and "The Restless Gun".
After "The Beverly Hillbillies" came to an end, Ryan focused on stage acting and performed in the Broadway production of, "Pippin".  For her role in this play, she was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress.
She married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Tim Ryan whom she wed in 1922 and this marriage lasted until 1943.  She then married Harold E. Knox in 1946 but by 1961 this marriage had also come to an end.  She never had any of her own children and did not re-marry again.  After focusing on working as a stage actress she became very ill and soon found out she was suffering from a brain tumor. 
Sadly, she passed away on April 26th, 1973 in Santa Monica, California, unable to overcome the illness.  Her remains are interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.  
Irene Ryan left in her will over $1,000,000 to fund the Irene Ryan Foundation which is set up to donate scholarship money to young students interested in studying theater.  These students are involved with the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.


1970-1972  Love, American Style

1962-1971  The Beverly Hillbillies 

1968   Petticoat Junction 

1966   Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title 

1965   Mister Ed 

1962   Wagon Train 

1962   Ichabod and Me 

1962   G.E. True Theater

1962   My Three Sons

1961   Bringing Up Buddy

1960   Desire in the Dust

1960   Tom, Dick and Harry 

1959   The Real McCoys 

1958   The Restless Gun

1957   Rockabilly Baby

1957   Spring Reunion

1956   Matinee Theatre

1956   Front Row Center

1955   Where's Raymond?

1955   The Whistler 

1955   The Danny Thomas Show 

1954   Ricochet Romance 

1952   Blackbeard, the Pirate 

1952   The WAC from Walla Walla 

1952   Bonzo Goes to College

1952   All Star Revue

1951   Meet Me After the Show 

1951   Half Angel 

1950   The Skipper Surprised His Wife

1949   There's a Girl in My Heart 

1949   Mighty Joe Young

1949   An Old-Fashioned Girl

1948   My Dear Secretary

1948   Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven 

1948   Arch of Triumph 

1947   Heading for Heaven 

1947   The Woman on the Beach 

1946   Little Iodine

1946   The Diary of a Chambermaid 

1945   That Night with You 

1945   The Beautiful Cheat 

1945   That's the Spirit 

1944   San Diego I Love You 

1944   Hot Rhythm 

1944   The Sultan's Daughter 

1943   O, My Darling Clementine

1943   Melody Parade 

1943   Sarong Girl 

1943   Indian Signs 

1943   Hold Your Temper

1943   Reveille with Beverly 

1941   Unfinished Business 

1941   Melody for Three 

1940   Tattle Television 

1937   Heir Today

1937   Hamlet and Eggs

1937   His Pest Girl 

1937   The Big Courtship 

1936   Modern Home 

1936   The Wacky Family 

1936   Peaceful Relations 

1936   It Happened All Right

1936   Just Plain Folks 

1935   One Big Happy Family

Matinee Classics - My Dear Secretary starring Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn, Rudy Vallee, Irene Ryan and Alan Mowbray
Matinee Classics - The Beverly Hillbillies starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Raymond Bailey, Nancy Kulp, and Max Baer Jr.
Matinee Classics - Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven starring Guy Madison, Diana Lynn, James Dunn, Margaret Hamilton, Irene Ryan, Roscoe Karns and Audie Murphy

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