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Who Is The Most Famous Irene In The World?

Updated February 17, 2021 511 votes 32 voters 8.9k views56 items

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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!

  • 1

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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  • 2

    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 3

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece


    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
  • 4

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 5

    BirthplaceVenice, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 6

    BirthplaceSuresnes, France

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    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
  • 7

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 8

    BirthplaceStillwater, USA, Oklahoma

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Irene Miracle (born January 24, 1954 in Stillwater, Oklahoma) is an American film and television actress and director.  ...more
  • 9

    BirthplaceFairbury, Nebraska, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 10

    BirthplaceMiami Beach, Florida

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 11

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 12

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    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
  • 13

    BirthplaceParis, France


    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
  • 14

    BirthplaceLondon, England


    Irene Handl (27 December 1901 – 29 November 1987) was a British character actress who appeared in over a hundred British films.  ...more
  • 15

    BirthplaceChina, Shanghai

    NationalityChina, United States of America

    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
  • 16

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 17

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Irene Dailey (September 12, 1920 – September 24, 2008) was an American stage, film, and television actress.  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 19

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy


    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
  • 20

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    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
  • 21

    BirthplaceTbilisi, Georgia

    NationalityItaly, Georgia

    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
  • 22
    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
  • 23

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China


    Irene Wan Bik-ha (born 30 July 1966) is a Hong Kong actress, singer and producer.  ...more
  • 24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 25

    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom


    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
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