Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Henry Winkler to Paul Zaza
Irene Worth Biography (1916-2002)
Born Hattie Abrams, June 23, 1916, in Nebraska; daughter of a superintendentof schools. Addresses: Agent--Sam Cohn, International Creative Management, 40 West 57th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10019.
- Birth Details
- June 23, 1916
- Nebraska, United States
- Death Details
- March 10, 2002
- New York, New York
Credits; Stage Appearances
- (Stage debut) Cecily Hardin, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1943.
- (London debut) Elsie, The Time of Your Life, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith,England, 1946.
- Miss Phillipa Form, This Way to the Tomb!, Mercury Theatre, London, 1946.
- Annabelle Jones, Love Goes to Press, Embassy Theatre, then Duchess Theatre, both London, 1946.
- Donna Pascuala, Drake's Drum, Embassy Theatre, 1946.
- Ilona Szabo, The Play's the Thing, Lyric Theatre, then St. James's Theatre, London, 1947.
- Title role, Iris, Q Theatre, London, 1947.
- Olivia Brown, Love in Idleness, Q Theatre, 1948.
- Mary Dalton, Native Son, Bolton's Theatre, London, 1948.
- Title role, Lucrece, Bolton's Theatre, 1948.
- Eileen Perry, Edward, My Son, His Majesty's Theatre, 1948.
- Lady Fortrose, Home Is Tomorrow, Cambridge Theatre, London, 1948.
- Olivia Raines, Champagne for Delilah, New Theatre, London, 1949.
- Celia Coplestone, The Cocktail Party, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1949, then Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1950, later New Theatre, London, 1950.
- Desdemona, Othello, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1951.
- Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Old Vic Theatre, 1951.
- Catherine de Vausselles, The Other Heart, Old Vic Theatre, 1952.
- Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Old Vic Theatre, 1953.
- Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Old Vic Company, London, 1953.
- Helena, All's Well That Ends Well, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 1953.
- Queen Margaret, Richard III, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1953.
- Frances Farrar, A Day by the Sea, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1953.
- Argia, The Queen and the Rebels, Midland Theatre, Coventry, England, thenHaymarket Theatre, 1955.
- Alcestis, A Life in the Sun, Edinburgh Festival, 1955.
- Marcella, Hotel Paradiso, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Title role, Mary Stuart, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1957, then Edinburgh Festival, later Old Vic Theatre, 1958.
- Sara Callifer, The Potting Shed, Globe Theatre, London, 1958.
- Rosalind, As You Like It, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1959.
- Albertine Prine, Toys in the Attic, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1960.
- Marquise de Merteuil, The Art of Seduction, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1962.
- Goneril, King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1962, then Aldwych Theatre, 1962, later New York State Theatre, New YorkCity, 1964.
- Dr. Mathilde von Zahnd, The Physicists, Aldwych Theatre, 1963.
- Clodia Pulcher, The Ides of March, Haymarket Theatre, 1963.
- Miss Alice, Tiny Alice, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1964, then Aldwych Theatre, 1970.
- Hilde Latymer, "A Song at Twilight," Anne Hilgay, "Shadows of the Evening," and Anna-Mary Conklin, "Come into the Garden Maud," Suite in Three Keys, Queen's Theatre, London, 1966.
- Io, Prometheus Bound, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1967.
- Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, then Lyric Theatre, 1967.
- Jocasta, Oedipus, Old Vic Theatre, 1968.
- Title role, Hedda Gabler, Stratford Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, 1970.
- Dora Lang, Notes on a Love Affair, Globe Theatre, London, 1972.
- Madame Arkadina, The Seagull, Chichester Festival, 1973, and Greenwich Theatre, London, c. 1973.
- Gertrude, Hamlet, Greenwich Theatre, 1974.
- Mrs. Alving, Ghosts, Greenwich Theatre, 1974.
- Sweet Bird of Youth, Festival Theatre at Barat College, Lake Forest IL, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1975.
- Princess Kosmonopolis, Sweet Bird of Youth, Harkness Theatre, New York City, 1975-76.
- Lina, Misalliance, Lake Forest, IL, 1976.
- Kate, Old Times, Lake Forest, 1977.
- Lyobiv Andreyevna, The Cherry Orchard, New York Shakespeare Festival, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1977.
- After the Season, Lake Forest, 1978.
- Winnie, Happy Days, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Newman Theatre,New York City, 1979.
- Letters of Love and Affection (solo reading), Roundabout Theatre/Stage One, New York City, 1979.
- Elizabeth, The Lady from Dubuque, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980.
- Miss Ella Rentheim, John Gabriel Borkman, Circle in the Square, New YorkCity, 1980-81.
- Miss Madrigal, The Chalk Garden, Roundabout Theatre/Stage One, 1982.
- L'Olimpiade, Edinburgh Festival, 1982.
- The Physicists, Washington, DC, 1983.
- Isabel Hastings Hoyt, The Golden Age, Jack Lawrence Theatre, New York City, 1984.
- Volumnia, Coriolanus, National Theatre, 1984, then New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Anspacher Theatre, 1988-89.
- The Bay at Nice, National Theatre, London, 1986.
- You Never Can Tell, Haymarket Theatre, 1987.
- Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1991-92.
- Irene Worth's Portrait of Edith Wharton (solo), Susan Stein Shiva Theater, New York City, 1994, then Author's Theatre, New York City, 1997.
- Gives solo recitals and dramatic readings.
Credits; Major Tours
- (Stage debut) Fenella, Escape Me Never, U.K. cities, 1942.
- Ilona Szabo, The Play's the Thing, U.K. cities, 1946.
- Return Journey, U.K. cities, 1947.
- Lady Fortrose, Home Is Tomorrow, U.K. cities, 1948.
- Desdemona, Othello, Old Vic Company, South African cities, 1952.
- Catherine de Vausselles, The Other Heart, Old Vic Company, South Africancities, 1952.
- Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Old Vic Company, South African cities,1952.
- Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Old Vic Company, South African cities, 1952.
- Goneril, King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company, world tour, 1964.
- Men and Women of Shakespeare, U.S. universities and South American cities, 1966-67.
Credits; Film Appearances
- Another Shore, General Films Distributors/Ealing, 1948.
- Lina Linari, One Night with You, Universal, 1948.
- Miss Jackson, Secret People, Lippert, 1952.
- Herself, The Stratford Adventure, 1954.
- Leonie, Orders to Kill, United Motion Picture, 1958.
- Francoise De Gue, The Scapegoat, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959.
- Queen Elizabeth, Seven Seas to Calais (also known as Il Dominatore dei Sette Mari), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963.
- Narrator, To Die in Madrid (also known as Mourir a Madrid), 1963.
- Goneril, King Lear, Altura, 1971.
- Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna, Nicholas and Alexandra, Columbia, 1971.
- Madeleine's mother, Rich Kids, United Artists, 1979.
- Mrs. Sokolow, Eyewitness (also known as The Janitor), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.
- Helga Ten Dorp, Deathtrap, Warner Bros., 1982.
- Ida Sabol, Fast Forward, Columbia, 1985.
- Grandma Kurnitz, Lost in Yonkers (also known as Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers), Columbia, 1993.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- Hazel Crawford, Myself a Stranger, BBC, 1949.
- Leslie, Counsel's Opinion, BBC, 1949.
- Title role, Antigone, BBC, 1949.
- Title role, The Duchess of Malfi, BBC, 1949.
- The American, 1950.
- Dawn, Day, and Night, BBC, 1951.
- Anne, William's Other Anne, BBC, 1953.
- Stella, The Lake, BBC, 1953.
- Ellida Wangel, The Lady from the Sea, BBC, 1953.
- Title role, Candida, BBC, 1955.
- Nurse Wayland, The Sacred Flame, BBC, 1955.
- Mrs. Moon, Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon, ATV, 1957.
- Mrs. Gunhild Borkman, John Gabriel Borkman, ATV, 1958.
- Clytemnestra, Prince Orestes, 1959.
- Jocasta, Oedipus, 1960.
- Inez, Other People's Houses, ATV, 1960.
- Rachel Verney, The Offshore Island, CBC, 1961.
- White lady, Stray Cats and Empty Bottles, BBC, 1964.
- Rose Fish, Variations on a Theme, ITV, 1966.
- Mrs. Railton-Bell, Separate Tables, HBO, 1983.
- The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991.
- The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1996.
- Also appeared in as Miss Collins, Portrait of a Madonna, BBC, and in TheWay of the World.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
- The Displaced Person, 1977.
- Volumnia, The Tragedy of Coriolanus (also known as Cariolanus), 1983.
- Ruth Friedlander, Forbidden, HBO, 1985.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- Patty Benedict, "The Big Knife," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.
- Dolly Keeling, "The Shell Seekers," Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC, 1989.
- "A Rock and a Soft Place," Remember WENN, AMC, 1996.
- Also appeared on Girl Talk, ABC, and in "The Poems of Edith Sitwell," Camera Three, CBS.
Credits; Radio Appearances
- Appeared in British radio productions as Lady Fortrose, Home Is Tomorrow,1949; Celia, The Cocktail Party, 1951; Cleopatra, Goddess and God, 1953; Anna Petrovna, Ivanov, 1954; title role, Major Barbara, 1954; Helena, All's WellThat Ends Well, 1954; Argia, The Queen and the Rebels, 1954; Karen Selby, The Flashing Stream, 1955; Laurencia, Fuente Ovejuna, 1955; the Marquise, A Door Must Be Kept Open or Shut, 1955; Charlotte, The Golden Bowl, 1955; IsabellaAndreini, The Great Desire I Had, 1955; Mrs. Porella, Man, Beast, and Virtue, 1957; Lady Godiva, Scandal at Coventry, 1958; Baroness Munster, The Europeans, 1958; Portia, The Merchant of Venice, 1958; Rebecca West, Rosmersholm, 1958; Dr. Mathilde von Zahnd, The Physicists, 1963; Lucile, Duel of Angels, 1964; and Eve, The Tree.
- Also appeared on London Forum, 1954; What Goes On, 1956; This Is Britain,1956; and Woman's Hour: Guest of the Week, 1963.
- Irene Worth's Edith Wharton, 1997.
- International Dictionary of Theatre, edited by David Pickering, St.
- James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.
- New York Times, February 5, 1976.
- Times (London), July 1, 1990.
- Variety, January 24, 1994, p. 68.
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