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Irene Rich

Irene Rich was an elegant, intelligent, mature leading woman. Talented and versatile, she found herself in a wide variety of roles, often much older than her real age. She really shines in Lubitsch's Lady Windermere's Fan (1925), able to convey the wit and sophistication of the missing Wilde lines with just a glance. She found a niche at Warner Brothers in the late 20's playing a series of melodrama heroines in films now largely lost. She was in the first version of Craig's Wife (1928) at Pathe, also now lost. Despite her fine voice, studios seemed to lose interest in her when the talkies came in, and she dropped down to small parts, mostly as mothers. But in a small but showy role in Strangers May Kiss (1931) she showed she could still steal a film. Undeterred, she turned to radio, making a second, well respected, career on the air.

On the Web

The Internet Movie Database filmography

The Silent Ladies photo gallery

Rich's entry in The Blue Book of the Screen (1923)

Rich's entry in Stars of the Photoplay (1924)

Review of The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted on the Films of June Marlowe

Review of A Lost Lady on the Films of June Marlowe

Review of Lady Windermere's Fan on Silents are Golden

Captain January feature of the month on Silents are Golden

Review of The Trap on Silents are Golden

Description of the Irene Rich Collection at the Margaret Herrick Library

Silent Films Available on Video

Brass (1921)
Available from Facets
The Trap (1921)
Available from Foothill Video, formerly from Video Yesteryear
Captain January (1921)
Available from Grapevine Video
Beau Brummel (1924)
Available from Nostalgia Family Video
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
Available from Nostalgia Family Video

Unsung Divas

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Last revised November 27, 2008