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Irene Hervey
American actress

Irene Hervey

Irene Hervey
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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Beulah Irene Herwick
Was Actor Stage actor Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 11 July 1909, Venice, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA
Death 20 December 1998, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA (aged 89 years)
Star sign Cancer
Spouse: Allan Jones (actor) (1936-1957)
Children: Jack Jones
Venice High School
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame  
Irene Hervey
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Irene Hervey (born Beulah Irene Herwick; July 11, 1909 – December 20, 1998) was an American film, stage, and television actress who appeared in over fifty films and numerous television series spanning her five-decade career.

A native of Los Angeles, Hervey was trained in her youth by British stage and film actress Emma Dunn, a friend of her mother. She signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1933, appearing in several films for the studio–including The Stranger's Return (1933), opposite Lionel Barrymore–before landing a supporting role as Valentine de Villefort in United Artists' The Count of Monte Cristo (1934). She signed a contract with Universal Pictures, appearing in numerous films for the studio, including the Western Destry Rides Again (1939) opposite Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, the mystery The House of Fear (1939), and the musical The Boys from Syracuse (1940), the latter of which she appeared opposite her then-husband Allan Jones.

She appeared in films throughout the 1940s into the 1950s, including the horror film Night Monster (1942) opposite Bela Lugosi, the fantasy Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), and the film noir A Cry in the Night (1956). Beginning in the mid-1950s, Hervey transitioned to television, appearing as a guest star on Perry Mason, Honey West, and My Three Sons, the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Hervey appeared in occasional minor film roles in her later career, such as Gene Saks's Cactus Flower (1969) and Clint Eastwood's thriller Play Misty for Me (1971).

Hervey died on December 20, 1998, of heart failure in Los Angeles. She had two children, one of whom is pop singer Jack Jones.

Early life

Hervey was born Beulah Irene Herwick on July 11, 1909 in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Her father was a sign painter, and her mother a Christian Science practitioner whose pupil was English actress Emma Dunn. Dunn agreed to become Hervey's acting coach during her childhood. Hervey attended Venice High School in Venice, Los Angeles, where she appeared in school theater productions.


Early films

She began her acting career after being introduced to a casting agent from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). After a successful screen test, she was signed by the studio and made her screen debut in the 1933 film The Stranger's Return, opposite Lionel Barrymore.

Though signed by MGM, Hervey was loaned by the studio and appeared in several films including United Artists' The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) and With Words and Music, released by Grand National Films Inc.. In 1934, she was cast as the murderess Myra in the thriller Rendezvous at Midnight, but was replaced by Irene Ware.

In 1936, Hervey left MGM and signed with Universal Pictures. While at Universal, Hervey appeared in The League of Frightened Men (1937) and Destry Rides Again (1939) with Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. She also intermittently freelanced at other studios, appearing in such films as Grand National Pictures' The Girl Said No (1937), a musical comedy featuring music by Gilbert and Sullivan.

At Universal from 1940 to 1943, Hervey had the lead in 11 B pictures, one A (The Boys from Syracuse) and one serial (Gang Busters).

In 1943, Hervey was seriously injured in a car accident and was forced to retire from acting for five years. Though she did briefly return to acting for the stage play No Way Out, where she played Dr. Enid Karley, in 1944.

Later career

Hervey returned to acting in 1948 with the film Mickey, followed by Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. By the early 1950s, she began appearing in television. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Hervey appeared in several television series, including the crime dramas Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Peter Gunn, and Hawaiian Eye. She also made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958, she played Helen Bartlett in "The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde"; in 1961, she played Grace Davies in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist", and in 1963, she played Jill Garson in "The Case of the Lawful Lazarus". She returned to theater with a role opposite Hans Conried in Take Her, She's Mine, a comedy written by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, which had regional performances in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the summer of 1963. A reviewer from a local publication noted that Hervey "registers effectively" in her role. In 1965, she landed a regular role on The Young Marrieds, followed by a stint on the short-lived Anne Francis series Honey West as the titular character's Aunt Meg.

In 1969, Hervey was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her appearance on My Three Sons. After her roles as Mrs. Durant in the comedy Cactus Flower and as Madge in the 1971 thriller film Play Misty for Me with Clint Eastwood, Hervey retired from acting. She took a job working at a travel agency in Sherman Oaks, California and briefly returned to acting in 1978 with a role in Charlie's Angels. In 1981, she made her last on-screen appearance in the television movie Goliath Awaits, which centers on a community of survivors from a World War II shipwreck who have survived decades living underwater.

Personal life

Hervey with second husband Allan Jones, 1941.

As a teenager, Hervey married her first husband William Fenderson in 1929 and had a daughter, Gail; they divorced. In the mid-1930s, she was engaged to Robert Taylor. In 1936, she met and married actor Allan Jones. The couple had a son, singer Jack Jones, born in 1938. They divorced in 1957.

Hervey died on December 20, 1998 at the age of 89 from heart failure at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. She was cremated, and her ashes returned to her surviving daughter.


For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Hervey has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1933 The Stranger's Return Nettie Crane
1933 Turn Back the Clock Uncredited
1933 The Women in His Life Doris Worthing
1934 Three on a Honeymoon Millicent Wells
1934 Hollywood Party Show Girl Uncredited
1934 Let's Try Again Marge Phelps
1934 The Count of Monte Cristo Valentine de Villefort
1934 The Dude Ranger Anne Hepburn
1935 The Winning Ticket Mary Tomasello
1935 Motive for Revenge Muriel Webster King
1935 Honeymoon Limited Judy Randall
1935 Hard Rock Harrigan 'Andy' Anderson
1935 His Night Out Peggy Taylor
1935 Charlie Chan in Shanghai Diana Woodland
1935 A Thrill for Thelma Thelma Black Short film; uncredited
1935 White Lies Mary Mallory
1936 Three Godfathers Molly Also known as: Miracle in the Sand
1936 Absolute Quiet Laura Tait
1936 Along Came Love Emmy Grant
1937 Woman in Distress Irene Donovan
1937 The League of Frightened Men Evelyn Hibbard
1937 The Girl Said No Pearl Proctor / Peep-Bo
1937 The Lady Fights Back Heather McHale
1938 Say It in French Auriol Marsden
1938 Society Smugglers Joan Martin
1939 East Side of Heaven Mona Barrett
1939 The House of Fear Alice Tabor
1939 Missing Evidence Linda Parker
1939 Destry Rides Again Janice Tyndall
1940 Three Cheers for the Irish Heloise Casey
1940 The Crooked Road Louise Dalton
1940 The Boys from Syracuse Adriana
1940 The San Francisco Docks Kitty Tracy
1941 Mr. Dynamite Vicki Martin
1942 Bombay Clipper Frankie Gilroy Wilson
1942 Frisco Lil Lillian Grayson / Frisco Lil
1942 Unseen Enemy Gen Rand
1942 Gang Busters Vicki Logan
1942 Half Way to Shanghai Vicky Neilson
1942 Destination Unknown Elena Varnoff
1942 Night Monster Dr. Lynn Harper
1942 Keeping Fit Irene - Dick's Wife Short film
1943 He's My Guy Terry Allen
1946 Studio Visit
1948 Mickey Louise Williams
1948 Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Mrs. Polly Peabody
1949 The Lucky Stiff Mrs. Eve Childers
1949 Manhandled Ruth / Mrs. Alton Bennet
1949 Chicago Deadline Belle Dorset
1956 A Cry in the Night Helen Taggart
1956 Teenage Rebel Helen Sheldon McGowan
1958 Going Steady Grace Turner
1958 Crash Landing Bernice Willouby
1960 O'Conner's Ocean Victoria Arden Television film
1969 Cactus Flower Mrs. Durant
1969 Roberta Mrs. Teale Television film
1971 Play Misty for Me Madge
1981 Goliath Awaits Carrie Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Gulf Playhouse Episode: "Our Two Hundred Children"
1953–55 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 2 episodes
1953–56 Lux Video Theatre Susan Arnold / Lucille / Patricia 4 episodes
1954–55 Fireside Theatre Miss Vickers / Louise 2 episodes
1954 Stage 7 Fran Abbelard Episode: "The Time of Day"
1954 The Lone Wolf Mae East Episode: "The Runaway Story (a.k.a. Death of a Lawyer)"
1955 Studio 57 Ann Randall 2 episodes
1955 The Public Defender Mrs. Harris Episode: "Mama's Boy"
1955–57 Climax! Nancy Blount 2 episodes
1955–58 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Clara Bagley / Florence Henderson 5 episodes
1955–58 Matinee Theatre Margaret March / Stella Martyn / Myra Gordon 8 episodes
1955 Damon Runyon Theater Episode: "Small Town Caper"
1956 The Millionaire Maxine Episode:"The Candy Caldwell Story"
1956 The Charles Farrell Show Mrs. Andrews Episode: "Charlie's Love Secret"
1957 Circus Boy Martha Neilson Episode: "Farewell to the Circus"
1957 Panic! Gretchen Beresford Episode: "Two Martinis"
1958 Studio One Beth Byrnes Episode: "The Lonely Stage"
1958–63 Perry Mason Jill Garson / Grace Davies / Helen Bartlett 3 episodes
1959 Playhouse 90 Mrs. McBurnie Episode: "A Quiet Game of Cards"
1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Mary Forsythe Episode: "The Sport"
1959 The Ann Sothern Show Lorraine Episode: "The Ugly Bonnet"
1959 The Donna Reed Show Louise Collier Episode: "A Penny Earned"
1960 Bourbon Street Beat Alice Nichols Episode: "False Identity"
1960 Markham Mrs. Franklin Episode: "The Silken Cord"
1960 Thriller Mrs. Edith Pettit Episode: "The Watcher"
1960 The Case of the Dangerous Robin Thelma Henderson Episode: "Temporary Window"
1961 Peter Gunn Madelon Ridgely Episode: "Blind Item"
1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Gladys Episode: "The Guilty Heart"
1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook Esperanza Episode: "The Princess and the Goblins"
1961 Surfside 6 Mrs. Gardner Episode: "Little Mister Kelly"
1961–62 Hawaiian Eye Mary Kirk / Marjorie Lloyd / Harriet Regan 3 episodes
1962 Target: The Corruptors Nora Tremaine Episode: "One for the Road"
1962 Follow the Sun Jeanette Episode: "The Last of the Big Spenders"
1962 77 Sunset Strip Ellen Gilmore Episode: "Framework for the Badge"
1962 The Wide Country Dorothy Stannard Episode: "Our Ernie Kills People"
1962 Dr. Kildare Martha Kildare Episode: "An Ancient Office"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Valerie Prentice Episode: "The Wings of Morning"
1964 The Twilight Zone Martha Tillman Episode: "Black Leather Jackets"
1964 Burke's Law Mrs. Tilson Episode: "Who Killed April?"
1964 The Baileys of Balboa Marie Episode: "Won't You Come Home, Sam Bailey"
1964–65 The Young Marrieds Irene Forsythe #1
1965–66 Honey West Aunt Meg 16 episodes
1967 Love on a Rooftop Helen Cavendish Episode: "One Too Many Cooks"
1968 Ironside Margaret Whitfield Episode: "Reprise"
1968 The Mod Squad Mrs. Sanderson Episode: "A Quiet Weekend in the Country"
1968–70 Family Affair Mrs. Eldridge / Miss Scranton 2 episodes
1969–72 My Three Sons Sylvia Anderson / Beatrice Brady 2 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
1976 Most Wanted Mrs. Morrison Episode: "The Ten-Percenter"
1978 Charlie's Angels Samantha McKendrick Episode: "The Jade Trap"
1979 Delta House Trustee Episode: "The Fall of Dean Wormer"

Stage credits

Year Title Role Venue(s) Notes Ref(s).
1944 No Way Out Dr. Enid Karley Cort Theatre Broadway production
1963 Take Her, She's Mine Anne Michaelson Westport Country Playhouse
The Cape Playhouse (Cape Cod)
Regional touring production

Works cited

  • Halliwell, Leslie (1996). Halliwell's Film Guide. HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-062-73372-6.
  • Lentz, Harris M. (1999). Obituaries in the Performing Arts. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-786-40748-4.
  • Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-476-62719-9.
  • Roberts, Jerry (2003). The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, Video, and DVD. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1-557-83512-3.
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