Tree's parents were actors Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Helen Maud Tree, and her sisters were actresses Felicity and Viola Tree. An aunt was author Constance Beerbohm, and her uncles were explorer and author Julius Beerbohm and caricaturist and parodist Max Beerbohm.
Iris Tree was sought after, as a young woman, as an artists' model, being painted by Augustus John, simultaneously by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry, and sculpted by Jacob Epstein, showing her bobbed hair (she was said to have cut off the rest and left it on a train) that, along with other behaviour, caused much scandal. The Epstein sculpture is currently displayed at the Tate Britain. She was photographed countless times by Man Ray, and ran with Nancy Cunard for a time, in a set at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant of Rudolph Stulik, and acted alongside Diana Cooper in the mid-1920s.
She married twice. Her first marriage was to Curtis Moffat, a New York artist; Ivan Moffat, the screenwriter, was their son. Her second marriage was to the actor and ex-officer of the Austrian cavalry, Count Friedrich von Ledebur. They both appeared (after their divorce) in the 1956 film version of Moby Dick. She also appeared as a poet, essentially as herself, in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960).
- Tate. "Display caption: Iris Tree (1915) by Vanessa Bell". Tate. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Toby Treves (September 2000). "Portrait of Iris Beerbohm Tree (1915) by Sir Jacob Epstein". Tate. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Rachel Cooke (21 September 2015). "The Rainbow Picnic by Daphne Fielding - one bright young thing on another". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Iris Tree by Duncan Grant". BBC Your Paintings. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- The Rainbow Picnic: a portrait of Iris Tree (1974) Daphne Fielding. London: Eyre Methuen
- Iris Tree on Internet Movie Database
- Tree archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, University of Bristol
- Works by Iris Tree at Project Gutenberg
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