Irene Ryan

actress (1902-1973)

Irene Ryan (born Jessie Irene Noblitt; October 17, 1902 – April 26, 1973) was an American actress and comedian. She was born in El Paso, Texas.

Ryan in 1968

Ryan was known for her role as Granny, the mother-in-law of Buddy Ebsen's character, on the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). She was nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1963 and 1964.

Ryan died of glioblastoma and heart disease in Santa Monica, California on April 26, 1973 at the age of 70.[1]


  1. "Irene Ryan, 70, Actress, Is Dead". New York Times. April 27, 1973. p. 40. Retrieved 31 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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