Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Irene Worth

The great Irene Worth as Grandma Kurnitz in the film, “Lost In Yonkers”.

Miss Worth, alone, made the film watchable.

Many theater experts considered Miss Worth in her prime to be the finest stage actress in the English-speaking world—although the snide Kenneth Tynan once described Miss Worth as “grandiose, heartfelt, marvelously-controlled, clear as crystal—and totally unmoving”, an assessment shared by few others.

There has long been a widespread misconception that Miss Worth was British. This misconception was rooted in Miss Worth’s faultless British stage accent and her decades of work at Britain’s National Theater and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

In fact, Miss Worth hailed from Nebraska.

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