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Also Known As: Harriet Elizabeth Abrams, Hattie Abrams Died: March 9, 2002
Born: June 23, 1916 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor, teacher

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Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in 1943 in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls". Deciding that she wanted to be a classical actress, she moved in 1944 to England. There she became known as an outstanding interpreter of Shakespeare, appearing with the Old Vic Theater Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring opposite such luminaries as Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness and Noel Coward.

Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in 1943 in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls". Deciding that she wanted to be a classical actress, she moved in 1944 to England. There she became known as an outstanding interpreter of Shakespeare, appearing with the Old Vic Theater Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring opposite such luminaries as Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness and Noel Coward.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Onegin (1999) Princess Alina
2.
 Just the Ticket (1998) Mrs. Haywood
3.
 Lost in Yonkers (1993) Grandma
4.
 Shell Seekers, The (1989) Dolly Keeling
5.
 Fast Forward (1985) Ida Sabol
6.
 Forbidden (1985) Ruth Friedlander
7.
 Separate Tables (1983) Mrs Railton-Bell
8.
 Deathtrap (1982) Helga Ten Dorp
9.
 Eyewitness (1981) Mrs Sokolow
10.
 Rich Kids (1979) Madeleine'S Mother
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Nebraska
1920:
Family moved to Reedley, California to reside in a Mennonite community
1928:
Moved to another Mennonite community in San Luis Obispo, California
1930:
Family left Mennonites and settled in Saticoy, California
:
While attending college, landed a one-line role as a witness in a courtroom in a film; RKO director Alfred Santell reportedly encouraged her to pursue acting, but her mother voiced her opposition
:
Worked as a kindergarten teacher in Santa Ana, California
1942:
Moved to NYC; adopted stage name
1942:
Stage debut as Fenella in "Escape Me Never" in Elizabeth Bergner's touring production
1943:
Broadway debut as Cecily Harden in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls", starring Bergner
1944:
Moved to London
1946:
London stage debut in "The Time of Your Life"
1948:
Feature acting debut, "One Night With You"
1949:
Originated role of Celia Coplestone in T.S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" in Edinburgh
1950:
Joined the Old Vic Theater Company
1951:
Cast as Desdemona in "Othello"
1952:
Toured South Africa with the Old Vic
1953:
Played Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" at the Old Vic in London
1953:
Invited to lead inaugural season at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, with Alec Guinness
1954:
Appeared as herself in the documentary, "The Stratford Adventure"
1960:
Had success in NYC production of "Toys in the Attic"
:
Toured the world, starring as Goneril in Peter Brook's production of "King Lear"; reprised role in the 1971 film version
1964:
Originated title role in Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice"; won Tony Award
1967:
Had lead role in "Heartbreak House"
1968:
Starred in Brook's experimental production of "Oedipus" at London's National Theater
:
Worked with Brook's company in Paris, and on tour in Iran
1971:
Cast as the Tsar's mother's in "Nicholas and Alexandra"
1975:
Returned to US to star in "Sweet Bird of Youth" in Chicago; production fell through; play finally produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music, then moved to Broadway; won second Tony Award
1977:
Won acclaim in "The Cherry Orchard"
1979:
Enjoyed a stage success as Winnie in an NYC production of Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days"
1979:
Appeared in "Rich Kids"
1982:
Co-starred as the psychic in "Deathtrap"
1983:
Acted in the HBO remake of "Separate Tables"
:
Co-starred in "Coriolanus"
:
Won third Tony for "Lost in Yonkers"; reprised role in the 1993 film version
1994:
Starred in the one-person show "Irene Worth's Portrait of Edith Wharton"; reprised role in 1997
1996:
Made guest appearance on the AMC original series "Remember WENN"
1999:
Had cameo role in "Onegin"
1999:
Suffered stroke and had to withdraw from "Ring Around the Moon"
2001:
Appeared at Britain's Almeida Theatre in "I Take Your Hand in Mine", based on the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper
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Education

Newport Harbor High School: Costa Mesa , California -
Santa Ana Junior College: Santa Ana , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1937

Notes

She was decorated Commander of the British Empire.

She is a recipient of the Whitbread Anglo-American Award for Outstanding Actress (1967).

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sister:
Carol Johnson. Survived her.
brother:
Luke Evans.

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