Irene Ryan - biography

Actor from United States of America

Irene Ryan (October 17, 1902 - April 26, 1973) was an American actress, one of the few entertainers who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television and Broadway. She is most widely known for her portrayal of "Granny" on the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971), for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1963 and 1964. Commonly thought to have been born in El Paso, Texas, Irene was actually born in San Francisco, California (IMDB entry for Irene Ryan). This is proven by personal records closer to the family, and census records. Ryan was born Jessie Irene Noblitt. She was born to an American father, James Merrit Noblitt, and an Irish immigrant mother, Katherine McSharry. Before her role as "Granny" on The Beverly Hillbillies, Ryan was an established vaudeville, radio, and movie actress, though not as well known prior to her television stint. Ryan and her first husband, writer-comedian Tim Ryan, were popular in vaudeville. Their type of double act, known in show business as a "Dumb Dora" routine and epitomized by George Burns and Gracie Allen, had the dizzy woman saying silly things to her boyfriend or  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Irene Noblette
Date of birth
Place of birth
El Paso
United States of America
James Merrit Noblitt, Katherine McSharry
Harold E. Knox Tim Ryan
Anna Thompson


Year Performance Character
1952 Blackbeard the Pirate
1947 Heading for Heaven Molly the Maid
1947 The Woman on the Beach
1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid
1943 Melody Parade
1943 Sarong Girl


Date of death
Cause of death
Place of death
Santa Monica
Place of burial
Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica

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