Irene Bedard

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Irene Bedard
Born(1967-07-22) July 22, 1967 (age 45)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
ResidenceAlaska, United States
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Denny Wilson
(m.1993–present, filed for divorce; 1 child)
ChildrenQuinn Wilson (b. 2003)
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Irene Bedard
Born(1967-07-22) July 22, 1967 (age 45)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
ResidenceAlaska, United States
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Denny Wilson
(m.1993–present, filed for divorce; 1 child)
ChildrenQuinn Wilson (b. 2003)

Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American characters in a variety of films.


Early life and career

Irene Bedard was born in Anchorage, Alaska and is of Inupiat, Inuit and Métis ancestry. Her first role was as Mary Crow Dog in the television production Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, which depicted the 1970s standoff between police and Native Americans at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. She is probably best known as the voice of the eponymous heroine in the Disney animated film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Bedard was also the physical model for the character. She appeared in a different take of the story in the 2005 film The New World, as Pocahontas' mother whose name was Nonoma Winanuske Matatiske. Bedard attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied Musical Theatre.

In 2005, she was cast in the television mini-series Into the West, portraying the half-Lakota, half-white adult Margaret "Light Shines" Wheeler.

Irene Bedard is known for bringing a powerful emotional presence to her characters. She was chosen as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 1995.[1]

Personal life

Bedard married singer Denny Wilson in 1993. Their son, Quinn Wilson, was born in 2003. In 2010, Bedard left Wilson, alleging physical, sexual, and mental abuse, and fled to Alaska.[2] A letter written by Bedard's niece, Alia Davis, alleged that during their marriage, Wilson maintained control over Bedard's career, and that his abuse had cost her multiple jobs, as she could not work with visible bruises.[3][4] Wilson responded by filing 49 motions in Greene County, Ohio, forcing Bedard to return to the state and relinquish her son to Wilson's custody. An article on the Native Spirit PR & Entertainment website requests that fans of Bedard and those concerned for her welfare assist her by writing letters to Ohio and Alaska representatives, requesting that her son be returned to her custody, and that the court venue be transferred to Alaska. Supporters of Irene Bedard have requested financial assistance to assist with legal costs, alleging that Wilson still maintains control of her finances and image.[5][6]

Awards and nominations

1995Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVLakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeNominated
Western Heritage AwardsBronze Wrangler - Television Feature FilmWon
1999Two for TexasWon
2004American Indian LA Film and TV AwardsBest Lead Actress in a Feature FilmGreasewood FlatWon
2006NAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceInto The WestWon
Western Heritage AwardsBronze Wrangler - Television Feature FilmWon


1994Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeMary Crow DogTV movie
Squanto: A Warrior's TaleNakooma
1995The MarshalMelissa Carey1 episode: "Twoslip"
1996Grand AvenueReynaTV movies
Crazy HorseBlack Buffalo Woman
Adventures from the Book of VirtuesMorning Light(voice); 1 episode: "Honesty"
The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestAlice Starseer2 episodes: "Return of the Anasazi"; "Trouble on the Colorado"
Navajo BluesAudrey Wyako
1997Song of HiawathaMinnehaha
ProfilerMaddy Duvall1 episode: "The Sorceror's Apprentice"
Det store flipOglalaAKA, Wild Flowers
True WomenTobeTV movie
19986/29Laura Cooper
Naturally NativeTanya Lewis
Smoke SignalsSuzy Song
Two for TexasSanaTV movie
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldPocahontasDirect-to-video; (voice)
12 BucksBabe
1999Blood MoneyNaomi ListerTV movie
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers ChroniclesGeneral Miriam Redwing(voice); 4 episodes (1999–2001)
The Lost ChildGraceTV movie
2001Your GuardianKatherine 'Kat' Damon
The Outer LimitsCallie Whitehorse Landau1 episode: "In the Blood"
The AgencyDiah Siagian1 episode: "The Year of Living Dangerously"
Greasewood FlatAbbey
Edge of AmericaAnnie ShortyTV movie
2004What's New, Scooby-Doo?Cody Long(voice); 1 episode: "New Mexico, Old Monster"
2005Planting MelvinBillie Lawrence
Higglytown HeroesForest Ranger Hero(voice); 1 episode: "Fran Takes a Hike/Mystery at Kip's House"
Into the WestMargaret Light Shines3 episodes: "Hell on Wheels"; "Casualties of War"; "Ghost Dance"
Miracle at Sage CreekSunny
Love's Long JourneyMiriam Red Hawk McClainTV movie
The New WorldPocahontas' Mother (Nonoma)
2007Cosmic RadioK.C.
Tortilla HeavenLiberata
The Red ChalkEve
2008Turok: Son of StoneCatori(voice); Direct-to-video
The Spectacular Spider-ManJean DeWolff(voice); 4 episodes (2008–2009)
2012Young Justice: InvasionShelly Longshadow(voice); 1 episode


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