Irene Ware in Chandu the Magician (1932)
|Born||November 6, 1910|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 11, 1993 (aged 82)|
Orange, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John Meehan Jr. (divorced), Fred Campbell|
Irene Ware (born Irene Catherine Ahlberg; November 6, 1910 – March 11, 1993) was an American actress. She was a beauty queen and showgirl before appearing in 29 films between 1932 and 1940, and is mostly remembered for her roles as Princess Nadji in Chandu the Magician (1932) with Edmund Lowe and Bela Lugosi, and as Boris Karloff's and Lugosi's leading lady in 1935's The Raven. She died in 1993, aged 82, in Orange, California.
Irene Catherine Ahlberg was born November 6, 1910, in New York City. Her father, Ernest Ahlberg, born in Sweden, managed a saloon. Her mother, Anna Freya, born in New York of Austrian parents, was a real estate agent. She lived in New York and Los Angeles. Her first marriage was to American screenwriter John Meehan, Jr., who won three Oscars for his work. Her second marriage was to federal Judge Fred Campbell. She left the industry to become a mother to her two children, John and Deirdre Meehan.
As an 18-year-old stenographer, (5`6"/1.68 cm tall), she was crowned Miss Greater New York, then "Miss United States" in 1929, and the same year was first runner-up for the title of Miss Universe at a pageant held in Galveston, Texas. She also won $1,000. The winner, Austria's Lisl Goldarbeiter, was the subject of a TV documentary, "A Queen In Wien", released in 2006 and directed by Hungarian Peter Forgacs. ("Miss United States" was an unofficial alternative to the Miss America Pageant, which was not held in 1929. The Miss Universe contest of the 1920s was not connected to the current Miss Universe system, which was launched in 1952.)
Early film years
Through early 1932 she starred in Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway. She was then contracted to Fox Studios and moved to Hollywood, changing her name to Irene Ware. Her first movie was Society Girl, in 1932 at Fox Film Corporation as uncredited together with names like James Dunn, Peggy Shannon and Spencer Tracy. The second film, which quickly made her a star, was Chandu the Magician, also released in 1932 and directed by Marcel Varnel.
- 1932 Society Girl (uncredited)
- 1932 Chandu the Magician (as Princess Nadji)
- 1932 Six Hours to Live (as The Prostitute)
- 1933 Humanity (as Olive Pelton)
- 1933 Brief Moment (as Joan)
- 1933 My Weakness (as Eve Millstead)
- 1934 Moulin Rouge (as show girl uncredited)
- 1934 Orient Express (as Janet Pardoe)
- 1934 Let's Talk It Over (as Sandra)
- 1934 The Affairs of Cellini (as Daughter Of The House Of Bocci)
- 1934 You Belong To Me (as Lila Lacey)
- 1934 King Kelly of the U.S.A. (as Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell)
- 1935 Rendezvous at Midnight (as Myra)
- 1935 Night Life Of The Gods (as Diana)
- 1935 Whispering Smith Speaks (as Nan Roberts)
- 1935 The Raven (as Jean Thatcher)
- 1935 Cheers of the Crowd (as Mary Larkin)
- 1935 Happiness C.O.D. (as Carroll Sherridan)
- 1935 False Pretenses (as Mary Beekman)
- 1936 The Dark Hour (as Elsa Carson)
- 1936 Murder at Glen Athol (as Jane Maxwell)
- 1936 O'Malley of the Mounted (as Edith "Edie" Hyland)
- 1936 In Paris, A.W.O.L. (as Constance)
- 1936 Federal Agent (as Helen Lynch/Helen Gray)
- 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 (as Irene (Sally´s pal))
- 1937 The Live Wire (as Jane)
- 1938 Around The Town (as Norma Wyngold)
- 1938 No Parking (as Olga)
- 1940 Outside The Three-Mile Limit (as Dorothy Kenney)
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