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Also Known As: Died: April 22, 1998
Born: June 6, 1925 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, manager

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Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in 1943 in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls." Deciding that she wanted to be a classical actress, she moved in 1944 to England. There she became known as an outstanding interpreter of Shakespeare, appearing with the Old Vic Theater Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring opposite such luminaries as Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness and Noel Coward.Worth also worked with noted avant-garde director Peter Brook, starring in the famed 1962 production of "King Lear" which opened the New York State Theater two years later. She also appeared in his experimental "Oedipus" opposite John Gielgud in 1968 and toured Iran with "Orghast," Brook's attempt to develop an international language of the theater. In 1965, Worth won the first of three Tony Awards for her commanding performance as the mysterious Miss Alice in Edward Albee's metaphysical drama, "Tiny Alice."Worth re-settled in the US in 1975, when she played opposite Christopher Walken in the Broadway revival of Tennessee...

Acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage actresses of this century, Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee) Worth was born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in California. She made her Broadway debut in 1943 in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls." Deciding that she wanted to be a classical actress, she moved in 1944 to England. There she became known as an outstanding interpreter of Shakespeare, appearing with the Old Vic Theater Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring opposite such luminaries as Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness and Noel Coward.

Worth also worked with noted avant-garde director Peter Brook, starring in the famed 1962 production of "King Lear" which opened the New York State Theater two years later. She also appeared in his experimental "Oedipus" opposite John Gielgud in 1968 and toured Iran with "Orghast," Brook's attempt to develop an international language of the theater. In 1965, Worth won the first of three Tony Awards for her commanding performance as the mysterious Miss Alice in Edward Albee's metaphysical drama, "Tiny Alice."

Worth re-settled in the US in 1975, when she played opposite Christopher Walken in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," which brought her a second Tony. She continued to earn critical kudos (and theater awards) as the 1990s dawned, with her role as Grandma Kurnitz in Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Lost in Yonkers," a role she recreated in Martha Coolidge's 1993 feature adaptation.

Worth's occasional forays into film include "Orders to Kill" (1958), for which she won the British Academy Award for Best Actress, "The Scapegoat" (1959), "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), "Eyewitness" (1981) and "Deathtrap" (1982).

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Raised in Brooklyn, NY
1940:
At age 15, worked as promoter of jazz concerts, booking such figures as Charlie Parker and Billie Holliday (date approximate)
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Managed comedian Lenny Bruce; arranged for Bruce to appear on "The Arthur Godfrey Show"
1955:
Began long collaboration with childhood friend Arne Sultan as writer for TV and films
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With Sultan, wrote for "The Steve Allen Show"; also provided specialty material for Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett and other comedians
1962:
First feature credit, co-wrote story for "Boys Night Out" with Sultan
1966:
Was on the writing staff of "The Milton Berle Show" (ABC)
1970:
Debut as film producer, "Where's Poppa?"
1971:
Served as one of the producers of the Broadway play "Lenny", a biography of Lenny Bruce starring Cliff Gorman
1972:
Co-produced and co-wrote the Oscar-nominated documentary "Malcolm X"
1974:
Produced the biopic "Lenny", directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman; film received an Oscar nomination as Best Picture
1979:
With Aaron Russo, produced the Bette Midler vehicle "The Rose"
1984:
Co-produced the unsuccessful "Rhinestone"
1988:
Produced Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst"
1992:
With Spike Lee, produced the biopic "Malcolm X", starring Denzel Washington
1992:
Served as producer of the HBO movie "Running Mates", which teamed Ed Harris and Diane Keaton
1996:
Produced the remake of "Diabolique"
1996:
Was executive producer of the HBO biopic "Norma Jean & Marilyn"
1998:
Served as executive producer of the acclaimed HBO biography "Gia"
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wife:
Joan Worth. Artist, novelist. Married c. 1953; survived him.

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father:
Joseph Worth.
mother:
Rose Worth.
son:
Jody Worth. Screenwriter. Survived him.
daughter:
Missy Worth. Executive. Works at Revolution Records; survived him.
daughter:
Daniele Jaimes Worth-Ochoa. Graphic designer. Born c. 1966; graduate of Bennington College; survived him.
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