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 Irene Fenwick

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Original Name
Irene Frizell
Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death
24 Dec 1936 (aged 49)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Main Mausoleum, Block 352
Memorial ID
5246 View Source

Actress. Born Irene Frizell in Chicago, she began acting in local theatre and made her Broadway debut in "The Brass Bottle" (1910). A vivacious redhead, adept at both drama and comedy, she had a forceful stage presence that belied her tiny stature (she stood only 4'11"). During the mid-1910s, Fenwick flirted with movie stardom, playing wronged women and vamps in such films as "The Sentimental Lady" (1915), "The Woman Next Door" (1915), "A Coney Island Princess" (1916), and "The Sin Woman" (1917), but she felt restricted by silents and returned to the stage. In the hit plays "The Claw" (1921) and "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (1923) she co-starred with Lionel Barrymore, whom she married in 1923. It was his second marriage and her third. She retired in 1926 after her husband settled on a Hollywood career. Fenwick died on Christmas Eve, 1936, from complications of anorexia nervosa (they called it "overdieting" in those days). That same evening Barrymore made the first of his famous annual radio broadcasts as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." He never remarried.

Actress. Born Irene Frizell in Chicago, she began acting in local theatre and made her Broadway debut in "The Brass Bottle" (1910). A vivacious redhead, adept at both drama and comedy, she had a forceful stage presence that belied her tiny stature (she stood only 4'11"). During the mid-1910s, Fenwick flirted with movie stardom, playing wronged women and vamps in such films as "The Sentimental Lady" (1915), "The Woman Next Door" (1915), "A Coney Island Princess" (1916), and "The Sin Woman" (1917), but she felt restricted by silents and returned to the stage. In the hit plays "The Claw" (1921) and "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (1923) she co-starred with Lionel Barrymore, whom she married in 1923. It was his second marriage and her third. She retired in 1926 after her husband settled on a Hollywood career. Fenwick died on Christmas Eve, 1936, from complications of anorexia nervosa (they called it "overdieting" in those days). That same evening Barrymore made the first of his famous annual radio broadcasts as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." He never remarried.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 28 Apr 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 5246
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5246/irene-fenwick: accessed ), memorial page for Irene Fenwick (5 Sep 1887–24 Dec 1936), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5246, citing Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.