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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1891-10-13

Day of Death 1988-04-22

Place of Birth Buffalo, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Irene Luther

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1948 Fort Apache as Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
1947 New Orleans as Mrs. Rutledge Smith
1947 Angel and the Badman as Mrs. Worth
1947 Calendar Girl as Lulu Varden
1942 This Time for Keeps as Mrs. Bryant
1941 Three Sons o' Guns as Margaret Patterson
1940 Keeping Company as Mrs. Thomas
1940 Queen of the Yukon as Sadie Martin
1940 The Lady in Question as Michele Morestan
1940 The Mortal Storm as Mrs. Roth
1939 Everybody's Hobby as Mrs. Myra Leslie
1939 The Right Way as Mrs. Martin
1938 That Certain Age as Mrs. Dorothy Fullerton
1932 Manhattan Tower as Ann Burns
1932 Her Mad Night as Joan Manners
1932 Down To Earth as Idy Peters
1931 The Champ as Linda Carleton
1931 Wicked as Mrs. Luther
1931 The Mad Parade as Mrs. Schuyler
1931 Five and Ten as Jenny Rarick
1931 Strangers May Kiss as Celia
1931 Father's Son as Ruth Emory
1931 Beau Ideal as Lady Brandon
1930 Check and Double Check as Mrs. Blair
1930 On Your Back as Julianne
1930 So This Is London as Mrs. Hiram Draper
1929 They Had to See Paris as Mrs. Idy Peters
1928 Fashion News
1928 Beware of Married Men
1928 Craig's Wife as Harriet Craig
1928 Women They Talk About as Irene Mervin Hughes
1927 The Desired Woman as Diana Maxwell / Lady Diana Whitney
1927 The Climbers
1926 My Official Wife as Hélène, Countess Orloff
1926 The Honeymoon Express as Mary Lambert
1926 Silken Shackles as Denise Lake
1925 Lady Windermere's Fan as Mrs. Erlynne
1925 The Pleasure Buyers
1925 The Man Without a Conscience
1924 This Woman
1924 Captain January as Isabelle Morton
1924 Being Respectable
1924 Cytherea as Fanny Randon
1924 Beau Brummel as Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York
1923 Boy of Mine
1923 Lucretia Lombard as Lucretia Morgan
1923 Defying Destiny as Beth Alden
1923 Rosita as The Queen
1923 Brass as Mrs. Grotenberg - aka Mrs. G.
1923 Dangerous Trails
1922 Brawn of the North
1922 The Ropin' Fool as The Girl
1922 One Clear Call
1922 The Trap as The Teacher
1921 Boys Will Be Boys as Lucy
1921 A Tale of Two Worlds as Mrs. Carmichael
1920 Godless Men as 'Black Pawl's' Wife
1920 Jes' Call Me Jim as Miss Butterworth
1920 Water, Water, Everywhere as Hope Beecher
1920 The Street Called Straight as Drusilla Fane
1919 The Spite Bride
1919 A Man in the Open as Kate
1918 A Law Unto Herself as Stephanie

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