Irene Tedrow

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Irene Tedrow
Born(1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
Denver, Colorado
DiedMarch 10, 1995(1995-03-10) (aged 87)
Hollywood, California
Cause of death
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s)William Kent
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Irene Tedrow
Born(1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
Denver, Colorado
DiedMarch 10, 1995(1995-03-10) (aged 87)
Hollywood, California
Cause of death
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s)William Kent

Irene Tedrow (August 3, 1907 – March 10, 1995) was an American character actress in stage, film, television and radio. Tedrow is also the mother of actress Enid Kent.


She was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA degree in drama from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929. Tedrow was a founding member of San Diego's Old Globe Theater and was cast as an ingénue in the beginning of her career. As she grew older, she found more work in films as the meddling old woman. However, she did have an intermittently recurring role as Mrs. Elkins on the Dennis the Menace television sitcom in the 1950s where her character was a dignified, yet domineering woman, who was a nemesis to the pompousness of George Wilson, played by Joseph Kearns. Being a character actor she was never given substantial roles, despite having appeared in many shows, including The Twilight Zone, Dundee and the Culhane, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Diff'rent Strokes and Facts of Life.

During the late 1940s, she was the voice of Dorothy Regent in the radio series Chandu the Magician. Theater offered a better outlet and Tedrow appeared on Broadway even through her eighties, in such productions as Our Town and Pygmalion. In 1955, she appeared on The Jack Benny Program as a contestant with Jack Benny on a mock You Bet Your Life segment with Groucho Marx.[1] In the early 1960s she made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Amy Douglas in "The Case of the Ominous Outcast," and an appearance in Bonanza in "Abner Willoughby's Return."


On March 10, 1995, Tedrow died of a stroke in Hollywood. Her grave is located at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected Radiography[edit]

Original Air DateProgramEpisodeRole
September 6, 1954GunsmokeThe Promise (The Handcuffs)Wife

Selected filmography[edit]

"Three's Company" Mrs. Arlington 1 episode

1940We Who Are YoungOffice GirlUncredited
1941Cheers for Miss BishopTeacher waving from windowUncredited
1942The Moon and SixpenceMrs. MacAndrewUncredited
1943Nobody's DarlingJulia RhodesUncredited
1944Song of the Open RoadMiss Casper (teacher)Uncredited
1945The Strange Affair of Uncle HarryMrs. FollinsbeeUncredited
1946Just Before DawnNurse Florence WhiteUncredited
1947They Won't Believe MeFirst WomanUncredited
1948The Mating of MillieReceptionistUncredited
1949Air HostessMiss Hamilton
1951The Company She KeepsMrs. Seeley
1953A Lion Is in the StreetsMrs. Sophie PeckUncredited
1955Santa Fe PassagePtewaquin
1956SlanderMarion Gregg, SecretaryUncredited
1957Loving YouMrs. JessupUncredited
1958Saddle the WindMrs. Mary EllisonUncredited
1960Please Don't Eat the DaisiesMrs. GreenfieldUncredited
1961A Thunder of DrumsMrs. Scarborough
1962Deadly DuoLenora Spence
1965The Cincinnati KidMrs. Rudd
1970Getting StraightMrs. Stebbins
1975MandingoMrs. Redfield
1978Foul PlayMrs. Monk
1980Midnight MadnessMrs. Grimhaus
1981All Night LongLoft Landlady
1955The MillionaireCountess Turec1 episode
Letter to LorettaBeatrice1 episode
1956The Joseph Cotten Show: On TrialMrs. Patterson1 episode
1957Highway PatrolEileen Haley1 episode
1958Jefferson DrumMary Easton1 episode
The Real McCoysMehitabel Swanson (1958); Mrs. Platt and Mrs. Gherkins (both 1961)3 episodes
Northwest PassageCora Klagg1 episode
Leave It to BeaverMrs. Claudia Hathaway1 episode
1959RawhideMinnie Lou1 episode
1959Dennis the MenaceMrs. Lucy Elkins26 episodes
1960Alcoa Presents: One Step BeyondDr. J.H. Sesselshreiber1 episode
Mr. LuckyMadam Maria1 episode
The Twilight ZoneMrs. Loren1 episode
Wagon TrainFreda1 episode
1961Pete and GladysMrs. Vincent"The House Next Door"
1961–1962Father of the BrideMiss Bellamy2 episodes
1962The Tall ManMaw Killgore1 episode, "Three for All"
1963Dr. KildareJune Crowley1 episode
Ensign O'TooleMrs. Barnes1 episode
GrindlNurse Gardiner1 episode
1964Burke's LawLibrarian1 episode
1965BrandedMrs. Wilcox1 episode
KarenMrs. Sloat1 episode
The Andy Griffith ShowMrs. Foster1 episode
The FugitiveMaude Keller1 episode
1966Hogan's HeroesJenny1 episode
1967The InvadersClare Lapham1 episode
The Flying NunMother Provincial David1 episode
Dundee and the CulhaneWidow Hughes1 episode
1969Family AffairAlice1 episode
The Mod SquadEloise1 episode
1971MannixSara Dawes1 episode
1972BanacekDr. Dora Bancroft1 episode
1973Barnaby JonesMrs. Ryan1 episodes
1973Mary Tyler Moore ShowCongresswoman Margaret Geddes2 episodes
1974Kung FuMrs. Stekel1 episode
Marcus Welby, M.D.Eileen McAdams1 episode
1975Little House: A New BeginningMinerva Farnsworth1 episode
1976Good HeavensOld Lady1 episode
Charlie's AngelsSister Anne1 episode
1977The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesRuby1 episode
1978The Amazing Spider-ManAunt May1 episode
Diff'rent StrokesMrs. Drummond1 episode
Three's CompanyAunt Martha1 episode
1979Salvage 1Aunt Adah1 episode
240-RobertFake Sissie1 episode
1980House CallsMrs. Bruckner1 episode
1981Isabel's ChoiceMrs. HarperTelevision movie
1983The Last NinjaDr. SanfordTelevision movie
1984Remington SteeleNanny Perkins1 episode
1985Magnum, P.I.Mrs. Wilson, the Antique Dealer1 episode
1987Punky BrewsterMaude Fierstein1 episode
1988L.A. LawKatherine Crutcher1 episode
1989A Deadly SilenceGrandma Virginia PiersonTelevision movie

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1976Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama SpecialEleanor and Franklin
1978Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesJames at 15
(For the episode "Ducks")

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