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Irene Ryan (I) (1902–1973)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Ida Beckman (segment "Love and the Old Swingers") / Mother (segment "Love and the Lost Dog")
- Love and the Intruder/Love and the Lost Dog (1970) ... Mother (segment "Love and the Lost Dog")
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Martha Gresham
- The Malachi Hobart Story (1962) ... Martha Gresham
 1962 Ichabod and Me (TV Series)
Ellie McCabe
- The Old Stowe Road (1962) ... Ellie McCabe
 1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Bryant
- The Little Hours (1962) ... Mrs. Bryant
 1962 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Rusty Wallace
- The Romance of Silver Pines (1962) ... Rusty Wallace
 1961 Bringing Up Buddy (TV Series)
Cynthia Boyle
- Cynthia's Concert Tour (1961) ... Cynthia Boyle
- Cynthia's Boyfriend (1961) ... Cynthia Boyle
- The Singer (1961) ... Cynthia Boyle
 1960 Desire in the Dust
Nora Finney
 1960 Tom, Dick and Harry (TV Movie)
Customer No. 1
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Miss Muehlbach
- Grandpa's New Job (1959) ... Miss Muehlbach
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Thelma Taylor
- The Battle of Tower Rock (1958) ... Thelma Taylor
 1957 Rockabilly Baby
Eunice Johnson
 1957 Spring Reunion
Miss Stapleton
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Ray Moore
- One of the Family (1956) ... Ray Moore
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Florence
- Uncle Barney (1956) ... Florence
 1955 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
- Night School (1955)
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
Caroline
- Lucky Night (1955) ... Caroline
 1955 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
- Jesse's Romance (1955)
 1954 Ricochet Romance
Miss Clay
 1952 Blackbeard, the Pirate
Alvina, a lady in waiting
 1952 The WAC from Walla Walla
WAC Sgt. Kearns
 1952 Bonzo Goes to College
Nancy
 1951 Meet Me After the Show
Tillie, Delilah's Maid
 1951 Half Angel
Nurse Kay
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Mrs. O'Rourke (uncredited)
 1949 There's a Girl in My Heart
Mrs. Mullin
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
Southern Belle at the Bar (uncredited)
 1949 An Old-Fashioned Girl
Mrs. Shaw
 1948 My Dear Secretary
Mary
 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Opal Cheever
 1948 Arch of Triumph
Irate Wife (uncredited)
 1947 Heading for Heaven
Molly the Maid
 1947 The Woman on the Beach
Mrs. Wernecke
 1946 Little Iodine
Mrs. Tremble
 1945 That Night with You
Prudence
 1945 The Beautiful Cheat
Miss Beatrice Kent
 1945 That's the Spirit
Bilson
 1944 San Diego I Love You
Sheila Jones
 1944 Hot Rhythm
Polly Kane (as Irene)
 1943 O, My Darling Clementine
Irene (Princess Sheba)
 1943 The Sultan's Daughter
Irene
 1943 Melody Parade
Gloria Brewster
 1943 Sarong Girl
Irene Raynor
 1943 Indian Signs (Short)
Mrs.Kennedy
 1943 Hold Your Temper (Short)
Edgar's Wife
 1943 Reveille with Beverly
Elsie (uncredited)
 1941 Unfinished Business
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1941 Melody for Three
Mrs. Veronica Higby (uncredited)
 1940 Tattle Television (Short)
 1937 Heir Today (Short)
Irene
 1937 Will You Stop! (Short)
Irene / Cleopatra
 1937 Hamlet and Eggs (Short)
Irene (as Tim and Irene)
 1937 His Pest Girl (Short)
Irene
 1937 The Big Courtship (Short)
Irene
 1936 Modern Home (Short)
Irene
 1936 The Wacky Family (Short)
Irene
 1936 Peaceful Relations (Short)
Irene (as Irene Noblette)
 1936 It Happened All Right (Short)
Irene
 1936 Just Plain Folks (Short)
Irene Carr (as Irene Noblette)
 1935 One Big Happy Family (Short)
Irene (as Irene Noblette)
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Active on Broadway in the following production: See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Tim and Irene | Irene | Irene Noblette

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Since 1972, college thespians have competed annually for the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarships (started by the Irene Ryan Foundation) at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. See more »

Nickname:

Reenie

Star Sign:

Libra

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