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

Mrs. Delt: [to Morgan] Look at you! Found yourself a rich woman, live in luxury on your backside...

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
Did not take to the stage until she was 36.

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.

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