Irene Bentley

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Irene Bentley
Irene Bentley - Oct 1908 PC.jpg
Born c.1870
Baltimore, Maryland
Died June 3, 1940
Allenhurst, New Jersey
Occupation Actress
Years active 1895 - ?
Spouse(s) J. T. Sothoron
Henry B. Smith

Irene Bentley (1870 – June 3, 1940) was an American stage actress and vocalist.[1]


Bentley was born in 1870 in Baltimore, Maryland. She appeared in Sally in Our Alley with Marie Cahill and also in The Belle of New York, It Happened in Nordland, and The Belle of Mayfair.[2] In 1906 she married librettist Harry B. Smith. This was her second marriage.[3]

She died at Allenhurst, New Jersey, on June 3, 1940.


A niece of her husband Harry B. Smith, used Bentley's name to become a film actress. Hence there are two Irene Bentleys when perusing film or stage biographies. The younger Irene Bentley was born in 1904 and died in 1965, and appeared in films such as My Weakness (1933), Smoky (1933), and Frontier Marshal (1934). She is not the child of Irene Bentley and Harry B. Smith.[4]


  1. ^ Irene Bentley; Retrieved September 23, 2016
  2. ^ Who Was Who in The Theatre: 1912-1976 vol. 1 (A-C), p. 188 originally published annually by John Parker; this 1976 edition by Gale Research Company
  3. ^ "Irene Bentley Weds: Actress and Harry B. Smith, the Librettist, Married in Boston", New York Times, November 26, 1906
  4. ^ Irene Bentley (born 1904) on IMDb (niece by marriage of the stage actress Irene Bentley)

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