Irene Hervey (born Beulah Irene Herwick; July 11, 1909 – December 20, 1998) was an American film, stage, and television actress who appeared in over fifty films and numerous television series spanning her five-decade career.
Hervey in 1937
Beulah Irene Herwick
July 11, 1909
|Died||December 20, 1998 89) (aged|
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Venice High School|
(m. 1929; div. 193?)
(m. 1936; div. 1957)
|Children||2, including Jack Jones|
A native of Los Angeles, Hervey was trained in her youth by British stage and film actress Emma Dunn, a friend of her mother. She signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1933, appearing in several films for the studio–including The Stranger's Return (1933), opposite Lionel Barrymore–before landing a supporting role as Valentine de Villefort in United Artists' The Count of Monte Cristo (1934). She would subsequently sign a contract with Universal Pictures, appearing in numerous films for the studio, including the Western Destry Rides Again (1939) opposite Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, the mystery The House of Fear (1939), and the musical The Boys from Syracuse (1940), the latter of which she appeared opposite her then-husband, Allan Jones.
She would continue to frequently appear in films throughout the 1940s into the 1950s, with roles in the horror film Night Monster (1942) opposite Bela Lugosi, the fantasy Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), and the film noir A Cry in the Night (1956). Beginning in the mid-1950s, Hervey transitioned to television, appearing as a guest star on Perry Mason, Honey West, and My Three Sons, the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role. Hervey appeared in occasional minor film roles in her later career, such as Gene Saks's Cactus Flower (1969) and Clint Eastwood's thriller Play Misty for Me (1971).
Hervey died on December 20, 1998 of heart failure in Los Angeles. She had two children, one of whom is pop singer Jack Jones.
Hervey was born Beulah Irene Herwick on July 11, 1909 in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Her father was a sign painter, and her mother a Christian Science practitioner whose pupil was English actress Emma Dunn. Dunn agreed to become Hervey's acting coach during her childhood. Hervey attended Venice High School in Venice, Los Angeles, where she appeared in school theater productions.
She began her acting career after being introduced to a casting agent from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). After a successful screen test, she was signed by the studio and made her screen debut in the 1933 film The Stranger's Return, opposite Lionel Barrymore.
Though signed by MGM, Hervey was loaned out by the studio and appeared in several films including United Artists' The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) and With Words and Music, released by Grand National Films Inc.. In 1934, she was cast as the murderess, Myra, in the thriller Rendezvous at Midnight, but was replaced by Irene Ware.
In 1936, Hervey left MGM and signed with Universal Pictures. While at Universal, Hervey appeared in The League of Frightened Men (1937) and Destry Rides Again (1939) with Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. She also intermittently freelanced at other studios, appearing in such films as Grand National Pictures' The Girl Said No (1937), a musical comedy featuring music by Gilbert and Sullivan.
In 1943, Hervey was seriously injured in a car accident and was forced to retire from acting for five years. Though she did briefly return to acting for the stage play No Way Out, where she played Dr. Enid Karley, in 1944.
Hervey returned to acting in 1948 with the film Mickey, followed by Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. By the early 1950s, she began appearing in the new medium of the era; television. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Hervey appeared in several television series, including the crime dramas Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Peter Gunn, and Hawaiian Eye. She also made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 she played Helen Bartlett in "The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde"; in 1961 she played Grace Davies in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist", and in 1963 she played Jill Garson in "The Case of the Lawful Lazarus". She returned to theater with a role opposite Hans Conried in Take Her, She's Mine, a comedy written by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, which had regional performances in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the summer of 1963. A reviewer from a local publication noted that Hervey "registers effectively" in her role. In 1965, she landed a regular role on The Young Marrieds, followed by a stint on the short-lived Anne Francis series Honey West as the titular character's Aunt Meg.
In 1969, Hervey was nominated for an Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her appearance on My Three Sons. After her roles as Mrs. Durant in the comedy Cactus Flower and as Madge in the 1971 thriller film Play Misty for Me with Clint Eastwood, Hervey retired from acting. She took a job working at a travel agency in Sherman Oaks, California and briefly returned to acting in 1978 with a role in Charlie's Angels. In 1981, she made her last on-screen appearance in the television film Goliath Awaits, which centers on a community of survivors from a World War II shipwreck who have survived decades living underwater.
As a teenager, Hervey married her first husband William Fenderson in 1929 and had a daughter, Gail, before they divorced. In the mid-1930s, she was romantically linked, and subsequently engaged to, Robert Taylor. In 1936, she met and married actor Allan Jones. The couple had a son, singer Jack Jones, born in 1938. They divorced in 1957.
Hervey died on December 20, 1998 at the age of 89 from heart failure at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. She was later cremated and her ashes returned to her surviving daughter.
|1933||The Stranger's Return||Nettie Crane|
|1933||Turn Back the Clock||Uncredited|
|1933||The Women in His Life||Doris Worthing|
|1934||Three on a Honeymoon||Millicent Wells|
|1934||Hollywood Party||Show Girl||Uncredited|
|1934||Let's Try Again||Marge Phelps|
|1934||The Count of Monte Cristo||Valentine de Villefort|
|1934||The Dude Ranger||Anne Hepburn|
|1935||The Winning Ticket||Mary Tomasello|
|1935||Motive for Revenge||Muriel Webster King|
|1935||Honeymoon Limited||Judy Randall|
|1935||Hard Rock Harrigan||'Andy' Anderson|
|1935||His Night Out||Peggy Taylor|
|1935||Charlie Chan in Shanghai||Diana Woodland|
|1935||A Thrill for Thelma||Thelma Black||Short film; uncredited|
|1935||White Lies||Mary Mallory|
|1936||Three Godfathers||Molly||Also known as: Miracle in the Sand|
|1936||Absolute Quiet||Laura Tait|
|1936||Along Came Love||Emmy Grant|
|1937||Woman in Distress||Irene Donovan|
|1937||The League of Frightened Men||Evelyn Hibbard|
|1937||The Girl Said No||Pearl Proctor / Peep-Bo|
|1937||The Lady Fights Back||Heather McHale|
|1938||Say It in French||Auriol Marsden|
|1938||Society Smugglers||Joan Martin|
|1939||East Side of Heaven||Mona Barrett|
|1939||The House of Fear||Alice Tabor|
|1939||Missing Evidence||Linda Parker|
|1939||Destry Rides Again||Janice Tyndall|
|1940||Three Cheers for the Irish||Heloise Casey|
|1940||The Crooked Road||Louise Dalton|
|1940||The Boys from Syracuse||Adriana|
|1940||The San Francisco Docks||Kitty Tracy|
|1941||Mr. Dynamite||Vicki Martin|
|1942||Bombay Clipper||Frankie Gilroy Wilson|
|1942||Frisco Lil||Lillian Grayson / Frisco Lil|
|1942||Unseen Enemy||Gen Rand|
|1942||Gang Busters||Vicki Logan|
|1942||Half Way to Shanghai||Vicky Neilson|
|1942||Destination Unknown||Elena Varnoff|
|1942||Night Monster||Dr. Lynn Harper|
|1942||Keeping Fit||Irene - Dick's Wife||Short film|
|1943||He's My Guy||Terry Allen|
|1948||Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid||Mrs. Polly Peabody|
|1949||The Lucky Stiff||Mrs. Eve Childers|
|1949||Manhandled||Ruth / Mrs. Alton Bennet|
|1949||Chicago Deadline||Belle Dorset|
|1956||A Cry in the Night||Helen Taggart|
|1956||Teenage Rebel||Helen Sheldon McGowan|
|1958||Going Steady||Grace Turner|
|1958||Crash Landing||Bernice Willouby|
|1960||O'Conner's Ocean||Victoria Arden||Television film|
|1969||Cactus Flower||Mrs. Durant|
|1969||Roberta||Mrs. Teale||Television film|
|1971||Play Misty for Me||Madge|
|1981||Goliath Awaits||Carrie||Television film|
|1952||The Gulf Playhouse||Episode: "Our Two Hundred Children"|
|1953–55||The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||2 episodes|
|1953–56||Lux Video Theatre||Susan Arnold / Lucille / Patricia||4 episodes|
|1954–55||Fireside Theatre||Miss Vickers / Louise||2 episodes|
|1954||Stage 7||Fran Abbelard||Episode: "The Time of Day"|
|1954||The Lone Wolf||Mae East||Episode: "The Runaway Story (a.k.a. Death of a Lawyer)"|
|1955||Studio 57||Ann Randall||2 episodes|
|1955||The Public Defender||Mrs. Harris||Episode: "Mama's Boy"|
|1955–57||Climax!||Nancy Blount||2 episodes|
|1955–58||The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show||Clara Bagley / Florence Henderson||5 episodes|
|1955–58||Matinee Theatre||Margaret March / Stella Martyn / Myra Gordon||8 episodes|
|1955||Damon Runyon Theater||Episode: "Small Town Caper"|
|1956||The Millionaire||Maxine||Episode:"The Candy Caldwell Story"|
|1956||The Charles Farrell Show||Mrs. Andrews||Episode: "Charlie's Love Secret"|
|1957||Circus Boy||Martha Neilson||Episode: "Farewell to the Circus"|
|1957||Panic!||Gretchen Beresford||Episode: "Two Martinis"|
|1958||Studio One||Beth Byrnes||Episode: "The Lonely Stage"|
|1958–63||Perry Mason||Jill Garson / Grace Davies / Helen Bartlett||3 episodes|
|1959||Playhouse 90||Mrs. McBurnie||Episode: "A Quiet Game of Cards"|
|1959||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Mary Forsythe||Episode: "The Sport"|
|1959||The Ann Sothern Show||Lorraine||Episode: "The Ugly Bonnet"|
|1959||The Donna Reed Show||Louise Collier||Episode: "A Penny Earned"|
|1960||Bourbon Street Beat||Alice Nichols||Episode: "False Identity"|
|1960||Markham||Mrs. Franklin||Episode: "The Silken Cord"|
|1960||Thriller||Mrs. Edith Pettit||Episode: "The Watcher"|
|1960||The Case of the Dangerous Robin||Thelma Henderson||Episode: "Temporary Window"|
|1961||Peter Gunn||Madelon Ridgely||Episode: "Blind Item"|
|1961||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||Gladys||Episode: "The Guilty Heart"|
|1961||Shirley Temple's Storybook||Esperanza||Episode: "The Princess and the Goblins"|
|1961||Surfside 6||Mrs. Gardner||Episode: "Little Mister Kelly"|
|1961–62||Hawaiian Eye||Mary Kirk / Marjorie Lloyd / Harriet Regan||3 episodes|
|1962||Target: The Corruptors||Nora Tremaine||Episode: "One for the Road"|
|1962||Follow the Sun||Jeanette||Episode: "The Last of the Big Spenders"|
|1962||77 Sunset Strip||Ellen Gilmore||Episode: "Framework for the Badge"|
|1962||The Wide Country||Dorothy Stannard||Episode: "Our Ernie Kills People"|
|1962||Dr. Kildare||Martha Kildare||Episode: "An Ancient Office"|
|1963||The Eleventh Hour||Valerie Prentice||Episode: "The Wings of Morning"|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Martha Tillman||Episode: "Black Leather Jackets"|
|1964||Burke's Law||Mrs. Tilson||Episode: "Who Killed April?"|
|1964||The Baileys of Balboa||Marie||Episode: "Won't You Come Home, Sam Bailey"|
|1964–65||The Young Marrieds||Irene Forsythe #1|
|1965–66||Honey West||Aunt Meg||16 episodes|
|1967||Love on a Rooftop||Helen Cavendish||Episode: "One Too Many Cooks"|
|1968||Ironside||Margaret Whitfield||Episode: "Reprise"|
|1968||The Mod Squad||Mrs. Sanderson||Episode: "A Quiet Weekend in the Country"|
|1968–70||Family Affair||Mrs. Eldridge / Miss Scranton||2 episodes|
|1969–72||My Three Sons||Sylvia Anderson / Beatrice Brady||2 episodes|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
|1976||Most Wanted||Mrs. Morrison||Episode: "The Ten-Percenter"|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Samantha McKendrick||Episode: "The Jade Trap"|
|1979||Delta House||Trustee||Episode: "The Fall of Dean Wormer"|
|1944||No Way Out||Dr. Enid Karley||Cort Theatre||Broadway production|
|1963||Take Her, She's Mine||Anne Michaelson||Westport Country Playhouse
The Cape Playhouse (Cape Cod)
|Regional touring production|
- Obituaries in the Performing Arts cites Hervey's birthdate as July 11, 1909; this is corroborated by California Vital Statistics' Birth Index, which lists Beulah Irene Herwick's birthdate as July 11, 1909. Hervey's birth name is corroborated by a 1936 article in the Oakland Tribune.
- "Irene Hervey". Los Angeles Times. L.A. Times Hollywood Star Walk. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
- Lentz 1999, p. 102.
- "The Birth of Beulah I. Herwick". California Birth Index. California Vital Statistics. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- "Allen [sic] Jones Too Busy, So Bride-to-Be Gets License". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. United Press. July 23, 1936. p. 17. Retrieved July 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Irene Hervey". The Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- Vallance, Tom (December 29, 1998). "Obituary: Irene Hervey". The Independent. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- Oliver, Myrna (December 23, 1998). "Irene Hervey; Film and Television Actress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- "Cutting Room Floor". Motion Picture Herald: 45, 48. November 17, 1934.
- New York Times Staff (December 26, 1998). "Irene Hervey, 89, Film Actress Hailed in 'Destry Rides Again'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "The Girl Said No" (PDF) (Press release). Al Greenstone. 1937. pp. 1–16. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 7, 2010 – via William K. Everson Collection (New York University).
- "No Way Out". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "Passing show". The Bridgeport Post. Bridgeport, Connecticut. August 6, 1963. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Awards Search ("Irene Hervey")". Television Academy: Emmys. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Goliath Awaits (1981)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "Seeing Stars with Mitzi". Photoplay: 98. July 1935 – via Internet Archive.
- "Allan Jones Adopts Stepchild as Heir". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. February 16, 1937. p. 17. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Irene Hervey". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- Wilson, Scott (August 17, 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.
- "Irene Hervey filmography". American Film Institute Catalog. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- American Film Institute. American Film Institute Catalog: Feature Films 1931-1940, Volumes 1–3. University of California Press. p. 330. ISBN 978-0-520-07908-3.
- Halliwell 1996, p. 259.
- Mayer 2017, p. 134.
- "Keeping Fit". Films in Review. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 24: 529. 1973. ISSN 0015-1688.
- "Studio Visit (1946)". British Film Institute. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "Civil War Drama Planned For NBC". The Daily Reporter. Dover, Ohio. December 10, 1960. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
- Roberts 2003, p. 89.
- Roberts 2003, p. 219.
- "Goliath Awaits". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- "Production history". The Cape Playhouse. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- Halliwell, Leslie (1996). Halliwell's Film Guide. HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-062-73372-6.
- Lentz, Harris M. (1999). Obituaries in the Performing Arts. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-786-40748-4.
- Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-476-62719-9.
- Roberts, Jerry (2003). The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, Video, and DVD. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1-557-83512-3.
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