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Irene Ryan

Highest Rated:   95% Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Lowest Rated:   95% Mighty Joe Young (1949)
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Birthplace:   El Paso, Texas, USA
For as long as she could remember, Irene Ryan was performing on some stage or other. From the 1920s onward, she and her husband Timothy Ryan formed the popular vaudeville duo Tim and Irene. They carried over their song, dance and snappy patter into a brief series of two-reel comedies and several radio programs. During her first burst of filmmaking activity in the 1940s, Ryan played comedy relief parts in a number of B pictures scripted by her husband. Her standard characterization at this time was the traditional wisecracking, man-hungry spinster. During and after her divorce, Ryan continued accepting roles of varying sizes in such pictures as Woman on the Beach (1948), My Dear Secretary (1948), Mighty Joe Young (1949), Bonzo Goes to College (1952) and Blackbeard the Pirate (1952). By the early 1960s, Ryan was (as she would later cheerfully admit) pretty much washed up in show business. All this changed when she was invited to audition for an upcoming sitcom about a family of mountaineers who suddenly come into a fortune. Ryan read one single line and was hired on the spot: she played Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies from 1962 through 1971, never missing an opportunity to express gratitude for her involvement in so popular a project. No sooner had Hillbillies folded than Irene Ryan was cast in a show-stopping role in the 1971 Broadway musical Pippin, scoring yet another personal success--which, sadly, turned out to be her last.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
  • Granny (uncredited)
1966
No Score Yet Desire in the Dust
  • Nora Finney
1960
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate
  • Alvina
1952
No Score Yet Half Angel
  • Kay
1951
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Boxing fan
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Girl at the bar (uncredited)
1949
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary
  • Mary
1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
  • Opal Cheever
1948
No Score Yet Heading for Heaven
  • Molly the Maid
1947
No Score Yet The Woman on the Beach
  • Mrs. Wernecke
1947
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Louise
1946
No Score Yet Hot Rhythm
  • Polly Kane (as Irene)
1944
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Elsie
1943
No Score Yet Melody for Three
  • Mrs. Higby
1941

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