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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 April 1893New Rochelle, New York, USA
Date of Death 25 January 1969Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameIrene Foote

Mini Bio (1)

Irene Castle and her husband Vernon Castle (born Vernon Blyth) were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th C. Beginning about 1914 they operated several clubs and studios in the NYC area, toured the country dancing, and were able to charge as much as a thousand dollars an hour for lessons. They appeared in an Irving Berlin musical ("Watch Your Step") and in the film "The Whirl Of Life" as themselves. Irene appeared in a number of films alone, notably the WWI drama "Patria". Vernon (as a military flying instructor) was killed in an airplane accident shortly before the war's end. Irene later married Robert Treman, an Ithaca NY businessman who stole her money and lost it on the stock market. In 1923 she married Frederic McLaughlin, a man sixteen years older than her. She married him for his money, divorcing him when he proved to be possessive and physically violent. Her fourth and final husband was George Enzinger an advertising executive from Chicago. She spent the later years of her life championing animal rights.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: E.S. Stott <estott@albany.net>

Spouse (4)

George Enzinger (30 November 1946 - 15 March 1959) (his death)
Frederick McLaughlin (28 November 1923 - 17 December 1944) (his death) (2 children)
Robert H. Treman (3 May 1919 - 23 July 1923) (divorced)
Vernon Castle (28 May 1911 - 15 February 1918) (his death)

Trivia (2)

She has four grandchildren from daughter Barbara: Nicky, Gregg, Charlotte and Libby. She also has nine great grandchildren.
She has a daughter named Barbara McLaughlin Kreutz. She was born in January, 1925. She died on November 20, 2003. She had a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature and PHD in History. She was Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr. Irene's son, William McLauglin, was born in July, 1929.

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