Irene Tedrow (August 3, 1907 – March 10, 1995) was an American character actress in stage, film, television and radio.
August 3, 1907|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||March 10, 1995
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Institute of Technology (BA degree in drama)|
Among her most notable roles are Janet Archer in the radio series Meet Corliss Archer, Mrs. Lucy Elkins on the TV sitcom Dennis the Menace and Mrs. Webb in the stage production Our Town at the Plumstead Playhouse.
Tedrow studied with Ben Iden Payne, who directed the Memorial Theater at Stratford-on-Avon, in England. She also had three seasons' experience with Maurice Evans's troupe in New York City and touring nationally. In 1931, she was a member of the Chautauqua Repertory Theater.
Tedrow was a founding member of San Diego's Old Globe Theater and was cast as an ingénue in the beginning of her career. In 1934, she portrayed eighteen characters in multiple adaptations of Shakespearean plays at The Old Globe during the Chicago Fair. She later joined Orson Welles' Mercury Theater. She appeared on Broadway even through her eighties, in King Richard III (1937), Hamlet (1938-1939), King Henry IV, Part I (1939), Our Town (1969) and Pygmalion.
One of Tedrow's earliest roles as a regular cast member on a television program was that of Mrs. Ruggles on the first season of The Ruggles (1949-1950). She had a recurring role as Mrs. Elkins on the Dennis the Menace television sitcom from 1959-63. As a character actor she appeared in many shows, including Lux Video Theatre, Jefferson Drum, The Real McCoys, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone and The Andy Griffith Show. In 1955, she appeared on The Jack Benny Program as a contestant with Jack Benny on a mock You Bet Your Life segment with Groucho Marx.
In the early 1960s, Tedrow made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Amy Douglas in "The Case of the Ominous Outcast", and a role in Bonanza in the episode "Abner Willoughby's Return". Later she would also appear in Dundee and the Culhane, Diff'rent Strokes, The Rockford Files, Facts of Life, Three's Company and two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Congresswoman Margaret Geddes. In 1976, Tedrow played Mary Ludlow Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt's grandmother in Eleanor and Franklin.
Tedrow's work in radio dated back at least to 1929. As a drama student at Carnegie Institute of Technology, she was master of ceremonies and student director for "Carnegie Tech Day at Gimbel's," which was broadcast on WCAE. A 1937 radio listing shows her as one of the actresses in George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah when it was broadcast on NBC Blue.
|Aunt Mary||Jessie Ward Calvert|
|Chandu the Magician||Dorothy Regent|
|Jonathan Trimble, Esquire||Alice Trimble|
|Meet Corliss Archer||Mrs. Archer|
|This Is Judy Jones||Mrs. Jones|
Source: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio except as noted.
Tedrow's performance in Eleanor and Franklin garnered her one of the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy or Drama Special". ("Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Special - 1976" per the Emmy Awards website) In 1979, she received her second Emmy Award nomination (Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a drama or comedy series) for her role in James at 15.
Tedrow was married to William Kent, who originally had come to the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. The couple had two children. Their daughter (future actress Enid Kent) was born "early in January ".
On March 10, 1995, Tedrow died of a stroke in Hollywood, aged 87. Her grave is located at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. She was a widow at the time of her death and was survived by her children, Roger and Enid and her three grandchildren.
|Original Air Date||Program||Role||Episode|
|1943-1956||Meet Corliss Archer||Janet Archer|
|1944||The Gallant Heart||Captain Julia Porter|
|1944-1961||Aunt Mary||Jessie Ward Calvert|
|1946||Jonathan Trimble, Esquire||Alice Trimble|
|1947||My Friend Irma||Louise Cartwright|
|1947-1951||The Adventures of Philip Marlowe|
|1948||The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show||Martha Dayton||"The New Neighbors"|
|1948-1950||Chandu the Magician||Dorothy Regent||1948 Revival Series|
|1949-1954||Broadway Is My Beat|
|1953||Lux Radio Theatre||Doctor Lucille Duprey||"War of the Worlds"|
|1953||Crime Classics||Lizzie Borden||"The Bloody, Bloody Banks Of Fall River"|
|September 6, 1954||Gunsmoke||Wife||"The Promise (The Handcuffs)"|
|July 3, 1956||Suspense||"The Music Lovers"|
|1940||We Who Are Young||Office Girl||Uncredited|
|1941||Cheers for Miss Bishop||Teacher waving from window||Uncredited|
|1942||The Moon and Sixpence||Mrs. MacAndrew||Uncredited|
|1943||Nobody's Darling||Julia Rhodes||Uncredited|
|1944||Song of the Open Road||Miss Casper (teacher)||Uncredited|
|1945||The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry||Mrs. Follinsbee||Uncredited|
|1946||Just Before Dawn||Nurse Florence White||Uncredited|
|1947||They Won't Believe Me||First Woman||Uncredited|
|1948||The Mating of Millie||Receptionist||Uncredited|
|1949||Air Hostess||Miss Hamilton|
|1951||The Company She Keeps||Mrs. Seeley|
|1953||A Lion Is in the Streets||Mrs. Sophie Peck||Uncredited|
|1953||Julius Caesar||Citizen of Rome||Uncredited|
|1955||Santa Fe Passage||Ptewaquin|
|1956||Slander||Marion Gregg, Secretary||Uncredited|
|1957||Loving You||Mrs. Jessup||Uncredited|
|1958||Saddle the Wind||Mrs. Mary Ellison||Uncredited|
|1960||Please Don't Eat the Daisies||Mrs. Greenfield||Uncredited|
|1961||A Thunder of Drums||Mrs. Scarborough|
|1962||Deadly Duo||Lenora Spence|
|1965||The Cincinnati Kid||Mrs. Rudd|
|1970||Getting Straight||Mrs. Stebbins|
|1978||Foul Play||Mrs. Monk||Comedy mystery-thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins.|
|1979||The Story of Heidi||Granny||English dub|
|1980||Midnight Madness||Mrs. Grimhaus||Comedy film directed by Michael Nankin.|
|1981||All Night Long||Loft Landlady||Romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Claude Tramont.|
|1949||The Ruggles||Margaret Ruggles||First season only|
|1955||The Millionaire||Countess Turec||1 episode|
|Letter to Loretta||Beatrice||1 episode|
|1956||The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial||Mrs. Patterson||"The Trial of Edward Pritchard"|
|1957||Highway Patrol||Eileen Haley||1 episode|
|1958||Jefferson Drum||Mary Easton||"Showdown"|
|The Real McCoys||Mehitabel Swanson (1958)
Mrs. Platt and Mrs. Gherkins (both 1961)
|Northwest Passage||Cora Klagg||1 episode|
|Leave It to Beaver||Mrs. Claudia Hathaway||1 episode|
|1959||Rawhide||Minnie Lou||1 episode|
|1959||The Twilight Zone||Martin Sloan's mother||Episode: "Walking Distance"|
|1959-1963||Dennis the Menace||Mrs. Lucy Elkins||26 episodes|
|1960||Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond||Dr. J.H. Sesselshreiber||1 episode|
|Perry Mason||Amy Douglas in Ominous Outcast(1960)
Sister Theresa in Nebulous Nephew (1963)
|Mr. Lucky||Madam Maria||1 episode|
|The Twilight Zone||Mrs. Loren||Episode: "The Lateness of the Hour"|
|Wagon Train||Freda||1 episode|
|1961||Pete and Gladys||Mrs. Vincent||"The House Next Door"|
|1961–1962||Father of the Bride||Miss Bellamy||2 episodes|
|1962||The Tall Man||Maw Killgore||Episode: "Three for All"|
|1963||Dr. Kildare||June Crowley||1 episode|
|Ensign O'Toole||Mrs. Barnes||1 episode|
|Grindl||Nurse Gardiner||1 episode|
|1964||Burke's Law||Librarian||1 episode|
|1965||Branded||Mrs. Wilcox||1 episode|
|Karen||Mrs. Sloat||1 episode|
|The Andy Griffith Show||Mrs. Foster||Episode: "Opie's Newspaper"|
|The Fugitive||Maude Keller||1 episode|
|1966||Hogan's Heroes||Jenny||1 episode|
|1967||The Invaders||Clare Lapham||1 episode|
|The Flying Nun||Mother Provincial David||1 episode|
|Dundee and the Culhane||Widow Hughes||1 episode|
|1968||Bonanza||Carrie Picket||1 episode - Episode #304: Different Pines, Same Wind||This was Irene Tedrow's third of five appearances in the series.|
|1969||Family Affair||Alice||1 episode|
|The Mod Squad||Eloise||1 episode|
|1971||Mannix||Sara Dawes||1 episode|
|1972||Banacek||Dr. Dora Bancroft||1 episode|
|1973||Barnaby Jones||Mrs. Ryan||1 episodes|
|1973||Mary Tyler Moore Show||Congresswoman Margaret Geddes||2 episodes|
|1974||Kung Fu||Mrs. Stekel||1 episode|
|Marcus Welby, M.D.||Eileen McAdams||1 episode|
|1975||Little House: A New Beginning||Minerva Farnsworth||1 episode|
|1976||Good Heavens||Old Lady||1 episode|
|Charlie's Angels||Sister Anne||1 episode|
|1977||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Ruby||1 episode|
|Halloween Is Grinch Night||Mariah||TV Special|
|1977||Quincy M.E.||Doctor Ruth Thaler||Episode: "A Question of Time" (S 3:Ep 4)|
|1978||The Amazing Spider-Man||Aunt May||"Night of the Clones"|
|Diff'rent Strokes||Mrs. Drummond||1 episode|
|1978||Three's Company||Aunt Martha||Episode: "The Older Woman" (S 3:Ep 14)|
|1979||Salvage 1||Aunt Adah||1 episode|
|Quincy M.E.||Mrs. Osborne||Episode"Mode of Death" (s 5:ep 7)|
|240-Robert||Fake Sissie||1 episode|
|1980||House Calls||Mrs. Bruckner||1 episode|
|Quincy M.E.||Mrs. Estes||Episode: "The Night Killer" (S 6:Ep 14)|
|1981||Isabel's Choice||Mrs. Harper||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Guy Green.|
|1982||Trapper John, M.D.||Mrs. Pinkler||Episode: "Love and Marriage" (S 3:Ep 19)|
|Quincy M.E.||Mrs. Weinecke||Episode: "Expert in Murder" (S 3:Ep 20)|
|Three's Company||Miss Arlington||Episode: "The Brunch" (S 7:Ep 9)|
|The Devlin Connection||Margaret Hollister||Episode: "Erica: (S 1:Ep 12)|
|1983||The Last Ninja||Dr. Sanford||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by William A. Graham.|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Miss Bowring||Episode: "Welcome Home, Jellybean" (S 1:Ep 2)|
|Family Secrets||Mrs. Fenwick||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Jack Hofsiss.|
|Remington Steele||Nanny Perkins||Episode: "Blue Blooded Steele" (S 3:Ep 5)|
|1985||The Paper Chase||Mrs. Whitney||Episode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class" (S 3:Ep 7)|
|The Facts of Life||Grace||Episode: "Teacher, Teacher" (S 7: Ep 4)|
|Magnum, P.I.||Mrs. Wilson, the Antique Dealer||Episode: "Going Home" (S 6:Ep 6)|
|1987||St. Elsewhere||Guest||Episode: "Slip Sliding Away" (S 5:Ep 22)|
|Punky Brewster||Maude Fierstein||Episode: "Hands Across the Halls"(S 3:Ep 6)|
|The New Leave It To Beaver||Aunt Martha Bronson||Episode"A Part of Life" (S 3:Ep 3)|
|1988||Episode: "Ensign Cleaver: (S 3:Ep 11)|
|14 Going on 30||May||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Paul Schneider.|
|It's Garry Shandling's Show||Grandma Shandling||Episode: "Garry Falls Down a Hole" (S 2:Ep 16)|
|L.A. Law||Katherine Crutcher||Episode: "Open Heart Perjury" (S 2:Ep 18)|
|1989||A Deadly Silence||Grandma Virginia Pierson||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by John Patterson.|
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1976||Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Special||Eleanor and Franklin|
|1978||Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series||James at 15
For the episode "Ducks"
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