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Who Is The Most Famous Irene In The World?

Updated February 17, 2021 459 votes 26 voters 8.5k views56 items

List RulesVote up all of the Irenes you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Irene can you think of? The famous Irenes below have many different professions, including notable actresses named Irene, famous musicians named Irene, and even athletes named Irene.

Irene Dunne is certainly one of the most famous Irenes on this list. One of the famous actresses named Irene, she made her film debut in 1930's Leathernecking. Love Affair, I Remember Mama, and The Awful Truth are among her notable projects. Actress Irene Jacob is another of the famous people named Irene that you will recognize.

Another of the famous people with the first name Irene is Irene Cara. She is a singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. She was an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Flashdance... What a Feeling.”

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Irene? Just add them to the list!

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    Irene Dunne

    1898-12-20

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    GenderFemale

    Irene Dunne (born Irene Marie Dunn, December 20, 1898 – September 4, 1990) was an American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy...  more

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    Irene Cara

    1959-03-18

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    GenderFemale

    Irene Cara Escalera (born March 18, 1959), known professionally as Irene Cara, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the song 'Flashdance... What a Feeling'...  more
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    Irene Ryan

    1902-10-17

    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Ryan (born Jessie Irene Noblitt; October 17, 1902 – April 26, 1973) was an American actress who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television, and Broadway. Ryan is most widely known for...  more
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    Irene Skliva

    1978-04-04

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    GenderFemale

    Irene Skliva (Irini Skliva; Greek: Ειρήνη Σκλήβα; born April 4, 1978 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 1996 in India....  more
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    Irène Jacob

    1966-07-15

    BirthplaceSuresnes, France

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameIren Zhakob^! Irène Jacob

    Irène Marie Jacob (born 15 July 1966) is a French-Swiss actress known for her work with Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski. She won the 1991 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the...  more
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    Irene Kral

    1932-01-18

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    GenderFemale

    Irene Kral (January 18, 1932 – August 15, 1978) was an American jazz singer who was born to Czechoslovakian parents in Chicago, Illinois, and settled in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. She died, due...  more
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    Irene Hervey

    1909-07-11

    BirthplaceVenice, California, USA

    GenderFemale

    Irene Hervey (born Beulah Irene Herwick; July 11, 1909 – December 20, 1998) was an American film, stage, and television actress who appeared in over fifty films and numerous television series...  more
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    Irene Marie

    1950-08-22

    BirthplaceMiami Beach, Florida

    GenderFemale

    Irene Marie (born August 22, 1950 in Miami Beach, Florida) is a former fashion model and founder of the eponymous South Beach model agency Irene Marie Models. Marie and her agency were the subject of...  more
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    Irene Miracle

    1954-01-24

    BirthplaceStillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Miracle (born January 24, 1954 in Stillwater, Oklahoma) is an American film and television actress and director....  more
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    Irene Bedard

    1967-07-22

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska, USA

    GenderFemale

    Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is an American actress who has played many Native American characters in a variety of films. She is perhaps best known for the role of Suzy Song in the film...  more
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    Irene Esser

    1991-11-20

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    GenderFemale

    Irene Sofía Esser Quintero is a Venezuelan actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Venezuela 2011. Esser grew up in Río Caribe, Sucre, Venezuela. She represented Venezuela in Miss...  more
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    Irene Worth

    1916-06-23

    BirthplaceFairbury, Nebraska, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Worth, CBE (June 23, 1916 – March 9, 2002) was an American stage and screen actress who became one of the leading stars of the British and American theatre. She pronounced her given name with...  more
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    Irene Handl

    1901-12-27

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Irene Handl (27 December 1901 – 29 November 1987) was a British character actress who appeared in over a hundred British films....  more
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    Irene Tsu

    1944-11-04

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    GenderFemale

    Irene Tsu (Chinese: 諸慧荷; born November 4, 1944) is a Chinese American actress who made her debut in the film adaptation of Flower Drum Song in 1961, and has had many subsequent roles in TV and films....  more
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    BirthplaceParis, France

    GenderFemale

    Irène Joliot-Curie (French: [iʁɛn ʒɔljo kyʁi] (listen); 12 September 1897 – 17 March 1956) was a French scientist, the daughter of Marie Curie and Pierre Curie and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie....  more
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    Irene Rich

    1891-10-13

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Rich (born Irene Frances Luther; October 13, 1891 – April 22, 1988) was an American actress who worked in both silent films and talkies, as well as radio....  more
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    Irene Fenwick

    1887-09-05

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Fenwick (September 5, 1887 – December 24, 1936) was an American stage and silent film actress. She was married to Lionel Barrymore from 1924 until her death in 1936. Fenwick has several...  more
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    Irene Grandi

    1969-12-06

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    GenderFemale

    Irene Grandi (born 6 December 1969) is an Italian singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, actress and television host. During her career she has sung in Spanish and has performed duets in...  more
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    Irene Dailey

    1920-09-12

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Irene Dailey (September 12, 1920 – September 24, 2008) was an American stage, film, and television actress....  more
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    Irene Scharrer

    1888-02-02

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Irene Scharrer (2 February 1888 – 11 January 1971) was an English classical pianist. Irene Scharrer was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Tobias Matthay.Scharrer made her...  more
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    Irene Galitzine

    1916-07-22

    BirthplaceTbilisi, Georgia

    GenderFemale

    Princess Irene Galitzine (Georgian: ირინა გალიცინი; Russian: Ирен Голицына; 22 July 1916 in Tbilisi, Georgia – 20 October 2006 in Rome, Italy) was a Russian-Georgian fashion designer whose most...  more
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    Irene Taylor Brodsky is an American documentary film maker. In her several projects, hers was the job of director, producer, writer, cinematographer and editor....  more
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    Irene Wan

    1966-07-30

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    GenderFemale

    Irene Wan Bik-ha (born 30 July 1966) is a Hong Kong actress, singer and producer....  more
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    Irene McGee

    1976-01-01

    GenderFemale

    Irene McGee is a podcasting pioneer who created and hosted No One's Listening, a podcast about the mass media. She came to public attention in 1998 as a cast member of the MTV reality television...  more
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    Irene Howard

    1903-06-17

    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Irene Mary Steiner Howard (17 June 1903 – December 1981) was a British casting director. Her brothers Leslie Howard and Arthur Howard, and nephew, Alan Howard, became successful actors. She died,...  more