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Character actress, Irene Ryan, was born Jessie Irene Noblett on Oct 17, 1902 in San Francisco, CA. Ryan died at the age of 70 on Apr 26, 1973 in Santa Monica, CA .

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After the cancellation of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), she was offered a starring role in a proposed TV series in which she would have played a character similar to that of Granny. Despite her interest in the idea of doing a new series, she decided to put the project on hold so that she could fulfill her dream of performing on Broadway. Ultimately, the proposed TV series never came into fruition, since her death in 1973 ended any chances of it being produced.

Since 1972, college thespians have competed annually for the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarships (started by the Irene Ryan Foundation) at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California, USA.

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