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Known for Working class roles; feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks
Top Roles Mrs. Kite, Mrs. Mason, Rene Smith, Clerk, Mrs. Abramowitz
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, War, Crime, Fantasy
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Irene Handl Overview:

Character actress, Irene Handl, was born on Dec 27, 1901 in Maida Vale, London. Handl died at the age of 85 on Nov 29, 1987 in Kensington, London .


Irene Handl was a plump-faced British comedy actress with a mewling, ingratiatingly friendly tone and a unique way of haranguing her fellow players. She came late to the theater via an acting course in her early thirties, but was an immediate success as the 'to-the-rescue' maid in "George and Margaret" (1940), a role that also set her up for a film career of mothers, cooks and land-ladies, all of which were lent her own touch of eccentricity. After appearing as a guest in a number of comedy series, she became a star in own right on TV as a regular on the series "Educating Archie" (1958-1959) and "For the Love of Ada" (1970-1971).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Irene Handl Quotes:

Mrs. Delt: I'll never get my peace in this world. And I don't believe in the next.

Mrs. Delt: [to Morgan] Your dad was onto you the day he drowned those kittens.

Fred Kite: I've got to be off. I can't stay here arguing. I've got a lot to do. Report to the Executive, check up on the pickets.
Mrs. Kite: From what I can see, the only time you ever jolly well *do* any work is when you're on strike.

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Irene Handl Facts
Born to a wealthy Austrian banker and an aristocraric Frenchwoman.

Wrote two novels: 'The Sioux' in 1965 and 'The Gold Tipped Phitzer' in 1966. Both books were noted for their originality and intricate literary style and went on to become bestsellers.

Did not take to the stage until she was 36.

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