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Irene Manning is a Actor American born on 17 july 1912 at Cincinnati (USA)

Irene Manning

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Birth name Inez Harvuot
Nationality USA
Birth 17 july 1912 at Cincinnati (USA)
Death 28 may 2004 (at 91 years) at San Carlos (USA)

Irene Manning (July 17, 1912 – May 28, 2004) was an American actress and singer.


Manning was born Inez Harvuot on July 17, 1912 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a family of five siblings. Both of her parents were singers. Her family loved to go on outdoor picnics where the featured activity was group singing. This family environment helped Irene to develop a keen interest in singing at a very early age. Her sisters later complained that little Irene would sing in her sleep, keeping them awake. Manning trained as an opera singer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

While performing with an all-girl USO show in England, Irene was asked to perform with bandleader Glenn Miller shortly before his death in 1944. Miller was involved in making swing records to be broadcast into Nazi Germany as part of the American Broadcasting System in Europe. Because she had been a light opera star prior to World War II and was fluent in singing in German, she was asked to sing some American pop tunes which had been translated into German vocals. Her sides were some of the last records made by Glenn Miller, prior to his being lost on an ill-fated flight to Paris over the English Channel in December 1944.

She was briefly credited as Hope Manning in her first films, as she broke in with the Republic Studios system in 1936. Her first film placed her as the lead actress in a western, The Old Corral, opposite Gene Autry. Irene once said in jest that "she had left light opera for a horse opera."

By the early 1940s, Irene was employed in the Warner Bros. studio system as a contract actress and singer. She is probably best remembered as diva "Fay Templeton" in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), opposite James Cagney. In this film, she had a scene in which she had to simultaneously act, sing the song "Mary," and play the piano. She starred with Humphrey Bogart in The Big Shot (1942) and with Dennis Morgan in both The Desert Song (1943) and Shine On, Harvest Moon (1944).

Her contract was picked up by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to place her singing skills as a threat to Jeanette MacDonald, who was giving MGM fits with her difficult demands. In private, Manning claimed that she was a better singer. The problem between MacDonald and MGM subsided, and Manning's contract was dropped without any appearances in an MGM film. In all, Irene Manning made a dozen films.

The musical stage took priority in the second half of the 1940s with The Day Before Spring on Broadway and both DuBarry Was a Lady and Serenade in London. She remained in England and appeared on her own BBC TV show, An American in England until 1951, when she returned to the United States for television and nightclub work. Eventually she retired to teach acting and voice.

Manning died on May 28, 2004, from congestive heart failure at her home in San Carlos, California, at the age of 91.

Usually with

Perc Westmore
Perc Westmore
(6 films)
Milo Anderson
Milo Anderson
(6 films)
Jack Carson
Jack Carson
(5 films)
Jack Warner
Jack Warner
(5 films)
Jack Mower
Jack Mower
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Irene Manning (13 films)

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I Live in Grosvenor Square, 2h10
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Anna Neagle, Rex Harrison, Dean Jagger, Robert Morley, Nancy Price, Ronald Shiner
Roles Herself - U.S.O. Singer
Rating61% 3.05533.05533.05533.05533.0553
In the summer of 1943, after he is taken off combat operations for medical reasons, American SSgt John Patterson (Dean Jagger), an Army Air Force gunner, is billeted in the London home of the Duke of Exmoor (Robert Morley) in London's Grosvenor Square. He is befriended by the Duke and British paratrooper Major David Bruce (Rex Harrison), who has taken leave to contest a parliamentary by-election.
Shine on Harvest Moon, 1h52
Directed by David Butler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Irene Manning, S.Z. Sakall, Marie Wilson
Roles Blanche Mallory
Rating63% 3.1964253.1964253.1964253.1964253.196425
Film biographique sur les deux célébrités de Broadway qu'étaient la chanteuse Nora Bayes et son mari, le compositeur Jack Norworth.
The Doughgirls, 1h42
Directed by James V. Kern
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Ann Sheridan, Maurice Costello, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Jane Wyman, Irene Manning
Roles Mrs. Sylvia Cadman
Rating63% 3.19793.19793.19793.19793.1979
Make Your Own Bed, 1h22
Directed by Peter Godfrey
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jack Carson, Jane Wyman, Irene Manning, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Robert Shayne
Roles Vivian Whirtle
Rating57% 2.8648352.8648352.8648352.8648352.864835
The Desert Song, 1h30
Directed by Robert Florey
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, French war films, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning, Bruce Cabot, Lynne Overman, Gene Lockhart, Faye Emerson
Roles Margot
Rating66% 3.3311453.3311453.3311453.3311453.331145
Paul Hudson, qui mène un groupe de bandits dans le désert contre plusieurs nazis, veut les utiliser comme employés pour son entreprise de chemin de fer.
Yankee Doodle Dandy, 2h6
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp
Roles Fay Templeton
Rating76% 3.8469953.8469953.8469953.8469953.846995
In the early days of World War II, Cohan comes out of retirement to star as President Roosevelt in the Rodgers and Hart musical I'd Rather Be Right. On the first night, he is summoned to meet the President at the White House, who presents him with a Congressional Gold Medal (in fact, this happened several years previously). Cohan is overcome and chats with Roosevelt, recalling his early days on the stage. The film flashes back to his supposed birth on July 4, whilst his father is performing on the vaudeville stage.
The Big Shot, 1h22
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters, Stanley Ridges, Minor Watson
Roles Lorna Fleming
Rating67% 3.394083.394083.394083.394083.39408
Duke Berns (Humphrey Bogart) est approché par deux malfrats pour commetre un cambriolage chez le riche avocat Martin T. Fleming (Stanley Ridges). Ayant raccroché, il refuse cette proposition mais se rend chez Fleming par curiosité. Il y fait la rencontre de son épouse, Lorna (Irene Manning), qui est l'une de ses anciennes petites amies. Ils reprennent leurs relations, mais Berns est ensuite accusé du cambriolage sanglant qui endeuille peu après la maison de Fleming ...
Spy Ship
Spy Ship (1942)
, 1h2
Directed by B. Reeves Eason
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Craig Stevens, Irene Manning, Maris Wrixon, Tod Andrews, Peter Whitney, William Forrest
Roles Pam Mitchell
Rating60% 3.019083.019083.019083.019083.01908
Two Wise Maids, 1h10
Directed by Phil Rosen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Alison Skipworth, Polly Moran, Irene Manning, Donald Cook, Lila Lee, Luis Alberni
Roles Ellen Southard (as Hope Manning)
Rating68% 3.446263.446263.446263.446263.44626
The Old Corral, 54minutes
Directed by Joseph Kane, Nat Levine, Joseph F. Poland, Sherman L. Lowe
Origin USA
Genres Action, Crime, Western
Actors Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Irene Manning, Lon Chaney, Jr., Cornelius Keefe, Roy Rogers
Roles Eleanor Spencer, aka Jane Edwards
Rating60% 3.0075253.0075253.0075253.0075253.007525
After witnessing nightclub owner Tony Pearl murdered by gangster Mike Scarlotti (John Bradford), blues singer Eleanor Spenser (Irene Manning) flees Chicago and heads West on a bus. Soon her picture appears in newspapers across the country. The bus makes a stop in Turquoise City, New Mexico, where Martin Simms (Cornelius Keefe), the crooked owner of the Blue Moon saloon, befriends Eleanor. After seeing her picture in the newspapers, Simms, who is hoping to collect a reward from Scarlotti, sends the gangster a telegram revealing Eleanor's whereabouts.