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Irene Ryan Since we're on a bit of a Beverly Hillbillies kick, here's a picture of Irene Ryan (Granny Clampett) from her heyday. She looked older than she really was. She died in 1973--two years after the show was cancelled. She was only 70 years old!
Tags: Irene  Ryan  Granny  Clampett 
Added: 22nd November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-22 
I wonder if she died in character Lava...
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-22 
Don't know. I'm sure it would have been difficult for her to find other roles had she lived longer. She would hve been typecast as the feisty hillbilly grandmother. (By the way, Buddy Ebsen, who played her son-in-law, was only a few years younger than Irene Ryan.)
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-22 
The marker on her crypt says Irene 'Granny' Ryan. I guess she enjoyed the role.
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-22 
A little added trivia about Irene: She first started her career in vaudeville by touring in an act called Tim Irene, with her first husband, actor Tim Ryan

Her first feature-length movie appearance was a bit part in the 1941 romantic comedy, Unfinished Business, which starred Irene Dunne, Robert Montgomery, and Preston Foster.

In 1943's Ann Miller musical, Reveille with Beverly, she had another small part, notable only in that it was her first time working with her then ex-husband Tim, whom she had divorced in 1942. Around the same time she toured with Bob Hope's renowned USO tours. She later performed on radio's The Bob Hope Show, from 1948 to 1950.

In the following 17 years she had various roles in 25 movies, including Bonzo Goes to College and Rockabilly Baby.

Ryan played Granny on an episode of Mr. Ed, and appeared on the TV game show Password as well as appearing on several variety shows. After the series' run, she made two Love, American Style appearances, the second one airing posthumously.

She died several days after suffering from a stroke during a performance of the musical Pippin on Broadway. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumor some time previously, but was never made aware of it, although her friend and fellow BH cast member, Nancy Kulp, tried to persuade her not to go to New York for the musical.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-22 
Interesting tidbits, Sophia!

Here's another: Both Irene Ryan and Bea Benederet tried out for the role of Granny. After Bea saw Irene's audition, she knew Irene would be perfect as Granny. She instead auditioned for the role of Cousin Pearl (Jethroe's mother) and got it. A year later Bea Benaderet was given the starring role in Petticoat Junction, but still did appear from time to time as Pearl on The Beverly Hillbillies.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2007-12-19 
Buddy Ebsen was a staunch Republican and wouldn't support Nancy Culp in her democratic political career. She only asked him for an endorsement but he wouldn't give it. Saddened her very much.
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