She is best remembered for playing the role of 'Granny' on the CBS television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," which ran from until Her career spanned six decades and was one of the few entertainers who achieved success in vaudeville, radio, film, television, and Broadway. When she was 20, she married writer-comedian Tim Ryan and they performed in vaudeville as a double act, known in show business as a "Dumb Dora" routine, billed as "Tim and Irene. In they divorced and she toured with Bob Hope's United Services Organization troupe during World War II, making regular appearances on his radio show, and also played Edgar Kennedy's wife in two of his series of short films in
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Before becoming known to millions as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies , Irene Ryan was already an established vaudeville, radio and movie actress, though not as famous prior to her television stint. She accompanied Bob Hope on his famous military tours and she was known as "the gal who makes Bob Hope laugh. Unfortunately, despite wonderful reviews from critics, Ryan took ill, was discovered to have an inoperable brain tumor and died soon after at the age of Sign In. Edit Irene Ryan. Showing all 24 items. When she didn't have her Granny make-up on, she often went unrecognized on the streets.
The Noblitts lived off the base on Franklin Street near downtown. Irene recounted that she was born at home. James was a sergeant in the United States Army and soon after she was born, they moved to California. Irene began entertaining when she was a teenager and recalled winning a talent contest when she was eleven years old. When she was nineteen, she married actor Tim Ryan. The couple appeared as Ryan and Noblette in vaudeville until that venue declined. After this, the couple appeared on radio as Tim and Irene. Ryan was a character actor who appeared in many films over the years, including From Here to Eternity
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