Iris Meredith

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Iris Meredith
Born Marie Shunn
(1915-06-03)June 3, 1915
Sioux City, Iowa
Died January 22, 1980(1980-01-22) (aged 64)
California
Occupation American film actress
Years active 1930s – 1940s
Spouse(s) Abby Berlin

Iris Meredith (born June 3, 1915, Sioux City, Iowa - died January 22, 1980) was a B-movie actress of the 1930s and 1940s film era. She starred mostly in heroine roles, in westerns.

Born as Marie Shunn, Meredith began her film career in the early 1930s, often starring in film serials while on contract with Columbia Pictures. Her best-known roles were in the 1938 serial The Spider's Web, and in the 1939 serial Overland With Kit Carson. In 1940 she starred in the serial The Green Archer, as well as in several westerns opposite Charles Starrett, Bill Elliott, and Bob Allen. Most of her films were with Starrett, from 1936 through 1940, most notably Riders of the Black River and Spoilers of the Range.

Her career slowed mid-way through the 1940s. In 1941 she starred in The Son of Davy Crockett with Bill Elliott, and Caught in the Act opposite Henry Armetta. In 1942 she starred alongside Dave O'Brien in The Texas Rangers Take Over. Her last credited role was the 1943 film The Kid Rides Again, in which she starred opposite Buster Crabbe. She had one uncredited role afterward, in the 1951 film Chain of Circumstance.

She married television director Abby Berlin, and retired from acting shortly thereafter. In total, she starred in over 50 films, 32 of which were westerns.

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In later life, she was diagnosed with cancer, which claimed her life on January 22, 1980 in Los Angeles, California. She was 64 years old.

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