Irene Worth

February 13, 2009 by: admin

Irene WorthBiography
Irene Worth (1916-2002) was a greatly respected American stage star. She was a teacher before deciding to become an actor, making her first professional appearance in 1942. A year later, she made her New York debut in The Two Mrs Carrolls. Seeking a classical training, she went to London in 1944. She played Celia Coplestone in the first performance of The Cocktail Party at the 1949 Edinburgh Festival. With Alec Guinness & Tyrone Guthrie, she helped found the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival in 1953.

From the 1960s, she played important roles in both American & British productions that included, on Broadway, the enigmatic seductress in Tiny Alice (1964), Princess Kosmonopolis in Sweet Bird of Youth (1975) and Grandma in Lost in Yonkers (1991). For all three performances she won a Tony Award.

In his obituary of her in The Washington Post, Martin Weil described Irene Worth as

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