Irene Worth

as Herself - Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Play in the movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards

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Real name is Abrams, Harriet Elizabeth
Was born at 23 June 1916 in Fairbury, Nebraska, USA . Died at 10 March 2002, New York City, New York, USA (stroke)

Educated at UCLA, she made her Broadway debut in 1943. Primarily a stageactress she moved to Britain in 1944, where she worked at the Old Vicand with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She returned to the US in 1975,continuing her stage work on Broadway, and making occasional films. Shehas won three Tony Awards for her stage work.


There is some small facts about Irene Worth:
  • Former kindergarten school teacher.
  • Has won three Tony Awards: in 1965, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Tiny Alice;" in 1976, as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Sweet Bird of Youth;" and in 1991, as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Lost in Yonkers," a role that she recreated in the movie version with the same name, Lost in Yonkers (1993) . She was also nominated for Tony Awards two other times: in 1960, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Toys in the Attic," and in 1977, as Best Actress (Play) for "The Cherry Orchard."
  • She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to drama in 1975.
  • In 1935, she transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was admitted to three honorary dramatics societies.
  • Changed her professional name to Irene Worth in 1942 just as she was making her stage debut in "Escape Me Never".
  • She was inducted into the New York Hall of Fame and the London Hall of Fame, and received honorary doctorates from Tufts University and Queens College of the City University of New York.
  • In 1920 her family moved to Reedley, California. She graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1933.
  • Her parents, Agnes Thiessen and Henry Abrams, were educators. Her grandparents, who were Mennonites, had settled with others in the nearby Jansen area of Nebraska during the late 19th century.
  • Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962.
  • Never married.
  • In 1999, Worth had a stroke just before she was to begin preview performances in a Broadway revival of Anouilh's "Ring Round the Moon". She never managed to appear in the production.
  • In 1951 she joined the Old Vic company, and there she played Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", directed by Tyrone Guthrie, and her first Lady Macbeth. When the Old Vic went touring in South Africa, Irene was one of the leading ladies.
  • She made her Broadway debut with "The Two Mrs Carrolls" in 1943, which starred the legendary 'Elisabeth Bergner' . It was Bergner and her film director husband 'Paul Czinner' who persuaded Irene that London was the center of the English-speaking theatre. She moved there and immediately trained at the Old Vic in 1944.
  • She was awarded the 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The pronunciation she used for her first name was "I-ree-nee" which consistently threw announcers off as her fame grew.
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There is the list of movies, where Irene Worth was taked part:
1 A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward movie A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward 1970 as Herself - Performer
2 Il dominatore dei 7 mari movie Il dominatore dei 7 mari 1962 as Queen Elizabeth I
3 Nicholas and Alexandra movie Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 as The Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna
4 The Duchess of Malfi movie The Duchess of Malfi 1949 as The Duchess of Malfi
5 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1996 as Herself
6 ITV Play of the Week movie ITV Play of the Week 1955 as Mrs. Gunhild Borkman
7 Remember WENN movie Remember WENN 1996 as Florence Dunthorpe Mellon
8 Another Shore movie Another Shore 1948 as Bucksie Vere-Brown
9 Antigone movie Antigone 1949 as Antigone
10 Counsels Opinion movie Counsels Opinion 1949 as Leslie
11 Deathtrap movie Deathtrap 1982 as Helga ten Dorp
12 Drama Into Opera: Oedipus Rex movie Drama Into Opera: Oedipus Rex 1961 as Jocasta (in play "Oedipus Rex")
13 Eyewitness movie Eyewitness 1981 as Mrs. Sokolow
14 Fast Forward movie Fast Forward 1985 as Ida Sabol
15 Forbidden movie Forbidden 1984 as Ruth Friedländer
16 Happy Days movie Happy Days 1980 as Winnie
17 King Lear movie King Lear 1971 as Goneril
18 Lost in Yonkers movie Lost in Yonkers 1993 as Grandma Kurnitz
19 Mourir à Madrid movie Mourir à Madrid 1963 as Co-Narrator (English version)
20 Myself a Stranger movie Myself a Stranger 1949 as Hazel Crawford
21 One Night with You movie One Night with You 1948 as Lina Linari
22 Onegin movie Onegin 1999 as Princess Alina
23 Orders to Kill movie Orders to Kill 1958 as Léonie
24 Rich Kids movie Rich Kids 1979 as Madeline's Mother
25 Secret People movie Secret People 1952 as Miss Jackson
26 Separate Tables movie Separate Tables 1983 as Mrs. Railton-Bell
27 The 19th Annual Tony Awards movie The 19th Annual Tony Awards 1965 as Herself - Winner: Best Performance by Leading Actress in a Play
28 The 30th Annual Tony Awards movie The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 as Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Play
29 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards movie The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 as Herself - Presenter: American Theatre Wing
30 The 45th Annual Tony Awards movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 as Herself - Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Play
31 The Displaced Person movie The Displaced Person 1977 as Mrs. McIntyre
32 The Scapegoat movie The Scapegoat 1959 as Francoise
33 The Shell Seekers movie The Shell Seekers 1989 as Dolly Keeling
34 The Stratford Adventure movie The Stratford Adventure 1954 as Herself
35 The Tragedy of Coriolanus movie The Tragedy of Coriolanus 1984 as Volumnia
36 Under This Sky movie Under This Sky 1979 as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
37 American Playhouse movie American Playhouse 1981 as Patty Benedict
38 Arena movie Arena 1975 as Princess Kosmonopolis
39 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre movie BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1950 as Alcestis
40 Camera Three movie Camera Three 1955 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of Irene Worth:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 29 May 2002, by: Anonymous, "Irene Worth Memorial"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 13 March 2002, Vol. 125, Iss. 98, pg. C1+C11, by: Tim Page, "Appreciation: A Leading Lady"
  • "The Independent" (UK), 13 March 2002, by: Alan Strachan, "Irene Worth"
  • "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 12 March 2002, by: Anonymous, "Irene Worth"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 12 March 2002, by: Mel Gussow, "Irene Worth, Versatile Award-Winning Actress on Stage and Screen, Dies at 85"
  • "The Guardian" (UK), 12 March 2002, by: Eric Shorter, "Irene Worth"
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