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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 September 1887Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 24 December 1936Beverly Hills, California, USA  (anorexia nervosa)
Birth NameIrene Frizzel

Mini Bio (1)

Irene Fenwick was born Irene Frizzel in Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1887. She was predominately a stage actress and a fine one at that. Her first film was THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR in 1915. She was to make three more that year, but one in 1916 called A CONEY ISLAND PRINCESS. Her services were, unfortunately, not in high demand. After A GIRL LIKE THAT and THE SIN WOMAN in 1917, Irene retired from the screen. She had made only seven films. She was much more comfortable on the stage in which she returned. That work really meant something to her in a way films couldn't. At one time she was married to the great actor, Lionel Barrymore. Irene died in Beverly Hills, California on Christmas Eve in 1936. She was 49 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (3)

Lionel Barrymore (14 July 1923 - 24 December 1936) (her death)
Felix Isman (20 April 1905 - 25 October 1909) (divorced)
James Jay O'Brien (? - 1923) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Stage actress.
Entombed at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California - Calvary Mausoleum, Block 352
Her distraught husband, Lionel Barrymore, understandably could not play Ebenezer Scrooge on the radio the day after her death (brother John Barrymore filled in). Lionel went to Christmas Mass instead and collapsed in the church, leading to a long hospitalization.
Was one of John Barrymore's girlfriends in the early 1900s, where her stage nickname was "The Pocket Venus." After a marriage and divorce and a return to the stage, she met John's brother Lionel and married him.

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