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Irene Ryan (Irene Noblett)

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Biography

San Francisco, California, USA
Before becoming known to millions as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Irene Ryan was already an established vaudeville, radio and movie actress, though not as famous prior to her television stint. She accompanied Bob Hope on his famous military tours and she was known as "the gal who makes Bob Hope laugh." After being cast as Granny, she became famous overnight. When the Hillbillies ended, she co-starred in the Broadway musical 'Pippin' with Ben Vereen. Unfortunately, despite wonderful reviews from critics, Ryan took ill, was discovered to have an inoperable brain tumor and died soon after at the age of 70. Read more...

Actor

Character: Irene Raynor

Sarong Girl 1943

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Character: Edgar's Wife

Hold Your Temper 1943

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Character: Polly Kane

Hot Rhythm 1944

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Character: Irate Wife

Arch of Triumph 1948

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Character: Southern Belle at the Bar

Mighty Joe Young 1949

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Character: WAC Sgt. Kearns

The WAC from Walla Walla 1952

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Character: Granny Clampett

Mister Ed 1958

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Character: Martha Henderson

Alcoa Theatre 1957

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Character: Miss Muehlbach

The Real McCoys 1957

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