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 .

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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 mean what *is* there in Greece?


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


Miss Peach: [Camp Freddy has one of Miss Peach's cats on his lap] I shouldn't let her do that, dear. Gives them ideas.


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Irene Handl Facts
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.

Born to a wealthy Austrian banker and an aristocraric Frenchwoman.

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