Irene Ryan Net Worth

Irene Ryan Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jessie Irene Noblett net worth is
$1 Million

Jessie Irene Noblett Wiki Biography

Jessie Irene Noblett was born on the 17th October 1902, in El Paso, Texas, USA of part-Irish origin and was an actress, best known for her role as Granny in the series “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962-1971), alongside Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. For this character, she was nominated for several Emmy Awards. Ryan was active in the entertainment industry from 1913 to 1973, when she passed away.

How rich was the actress? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the outright size of Irene Ryan’s net worth was as much as $1 million, converted to the present day. Acting was the major source of her modest fortune.

Irene Ryan Net Worth $1 Million

To begin with, initially the girl was raised with her sister in El Paso by her parents James Merritt Noblett and Catherine MacSharry. Ryan and her parents moved to San Francisco when she was a child, and she began her career at age 11, after earning money singing “Pretty Baby” in a supposedly amateur contest at the Valencia Theatre in San Francisco.

Concerning her professional career, she performed in vaudevillewith her husband, known in the art medium as a “Dumb Dora” and personified by George Burns and Gracie Allen. Ryan toured with Bob Hope, also making regular appearances on his radio show. She also played Edgar Kennedy’s wife in two short films in 1943, and that same year appeared in the feature film “O, My Darling Clementine” (1943) starring Roy Acuff. In 1944, Irene played the role of Polly Kane in “Hot Rhythm”, and continued on working in films from the 1940s and early 1950s, starring in “The Woman on the Beach” (1947) by Jean Renoir, “Heading for Heaven” (1947) by Lewis Collins, “The WAC from Walla Walla” (1952) by William Witney as well as “Spring Reunion” (1957) by Robert Pirosh and John E. Burch.

In 1955, Ryan made her first appearance in a television series “The Danny Thomas Show” aired on CBS, then appeared with Walter Brennan in an episode of the ABC comedy “The Real McCoys” (1956). In 1960-1961, she appeared in “Bringing Up Buddy”, starring Frank Aletter, portraying the character of Cynthia Boyle. After 1961, she appeared in the most important series of her career “The Beverly Hillbillies”, in which she played Daisy Moses, the mother-in-law of JD Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), created by Paul Henning, and continuing for lost 10 years.

Finally, in the personal life of the actress, at the age of 20 she married the writer and comedian Tim Ryan -the couple divorced in 1942. In 1946, she married Harold E. Knox, who worked in film production, but in 1961 the two announced their divorce. She did not have any children. Irene Ryan died on the 26th April 1973 in Santa Monica, California, at age 70. Her body was buried in a crypt at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica, along with his sister, Anna Thompson.

Full NameIrene Ryan
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 17, 1902, El Paso, Texas, United States
DiedApril 26, 1973, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of BirthEl Paso
Height1.57 m
EducationValencia Theatre in San Francisco
SpouseHarold E. Knox, Tim Ryan
ParentsJames Merritt Noblett, Catherine MacSharry
SiblingsAnna Thompson
NicknamesIrene Noblette , Tim and Irene , Irene , Reenie , Irene Noblett
AwardsTV Land Favorite "Fish Out of Water" Award (2004)
Music GroupsPrimetime Emmy Awards - Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) (1964, 1963)
NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship awards (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival)
MoviesHeading for Heaven (1947), Half Angel (1951), Meet Me After the Show (1951), The WAC from Walla Walla (1952), Blackbeard the Pirate (1952), Ricochet Romance (1954), Spring Reunion (1957), Rockabilly Baby (1957)
TV ShowsThis Is Your Life (1971), Love, American Style (1970-1972), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971), Petticoat Junction (1968), General Electric Theater (1962)
1In a live interview, Max Baer Jr., who played Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), stated that Irene "smoked like a chimney", which made other cast members fear for her health.
2Best known for her role as Buddy Ebsen's mother-in-law, 'Daisy Moses', on the popular sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
3Played Buddy Ebsen's mother In-Law on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), in real-life, Ryan was six years Ebsen's senior.
4Best friend of Buddy Ebsen.
5She played the same character (Daisy Moses) on three different series: Mister Ed (1958), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Petticoat Junction (1963).
6Often appeared as a celebrity panelist on Allen Ludden's Password All-Stars (1961) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
7A native of San Francisco, California, she was born on October 17, the same date of the 1989 San Francisco "World Series" Earthquake.
8Irene owned and frequently stayed at a summer cottage on Clark Lake in Jackson County, Michigan.
9Toured with Bob Hope's USO troupe during World War II.
10Commonly thought to have been born in El Paso, Texas, Irene was actually born in San Francisco, California. This is proven by personal records closer to the family, and census records. Though she may never have known it, Irene was a 3rd cousin once removed to another actress, Mary Castle, (born Mary Ann Noblett). Both had common ancestral roots in the Noblet - Noblitt - Noblett family of Appalachian Georgia and North Carolina, reaching back to Quaker immigrants from Ireland to Pennsylvania, and from Ireland to a centuries-long line of French lords named Noblet and Noblette.
11After the cancellation of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), she was offered a starring role in a proposed TV series in which she would have played a character similar to that of Granny. Despite her interest in the idea of doing a new series, she decided to put the project on hold so that she could fulfill her dream of performing on Broadway. Ultimately, the proposed TV series never came into fruition, since her death in 1973 ended any chances of it being produced.
12Had no surviving relatives; with an estate worth over $1 million, she decided to start the Irene Ryan Foundation for theatre aspirants.
13(1948-1950) Radio: Co-starred on NBC Radio's The Bob Hope Show.
14Her gravestone has the name Granny on it.
15Since 1972, college thespians have competed annually for the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarships (started by the Irene Ryan Foundation) at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
16Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California, USA.
17When she didn't have her Granny make-up on, she often went unrecognized on the streets.


Love, American Style1970-1972TV SeriesIda Beckman (segment "Love and the Old Swingers") / Mother (segment "Love and the Lost Dog")
The Beverly Hillbillies1962-1971TV SeriesDaisy Moses
Petticoat Junction1968TV SeriesGranny Daisy Moses
Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title1966Granny (uncredited)
Mister Ed1965TV SeriesGranny Clampett
Wagon Train1962TV SeriesMartha Gresham
Ichabod and Me1962TV SeriesEllie McCabe
General Electric Theater1962TV SeriesMrs. Bryant
My Three Sons1962TV SeriesRusty Wallace
Bringing Up Buddy1961TV SeriesCynthia Boyle
Desire in the Dust1960Nora Finney
Tom, Dick and Harry1960TV MovieCustomer No. 1
Alcoa Theatre1959TV SeriesMartha Henderson
The Real McCoys1959TV SeriesMiss Muehlbach
The Restless Gun1958TV SeriesMrs. Thelma Taylor
Rockabilly Baby1957Eunice Johnson
Spring Reunion1957Miss Stapleton
Matinee Theatre1956TV SeriesRay Moore
Front Row Center1956TV SeriesFlorence
Where's Raymond?1955TV Series
The Whistler1955TV SeriesCaroline
Make Room for Daddy1955TV Series
Ricochet Romance1954Miss Clay
Blackbeard, the Pirate1952Alvina, a Lady in Waiting
The WAC from Walla Walla1952WAC Sgt. Kearns
Bonzo Goes to College1952Nancy
Meet Me After the Show1951Tillie, Delilah's Maid
Half Angel1951Nurse Kay
The Skipper Surprised His Wife1950Mrs. O'Rourke (uncredited)
There's a Girl in My Heart1949Mrs. Mullin
Mighty Joe Young1949Southern Belle at the Bar (uncredited)
An Old-Fashioned Girl1949Mrs. Shaw
My Dear Secretary1948Mary
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948Opal Cheever
Arch of Triumph1948Irate Wife (uncredited)
Heading for Heaven1947Molly the Maid
The Woman on the Beach1947Mrs. Wernecke
Little Iodine1946Mrs. Tremble
The Diary of a Chambermaid1946Louise
That Night with You1945Prudence
The Beautiful Cheat1945Miss Beatrice Kent
That's the Spirit1945Bilson
San Diego I Love You1944Sheila Jones
Hot Rhythm1944Polly Kane (as Irene)
O, My Darling Clementine1943Irene (Princess Sheba)
The Sultan's Daughter1943Irene
Melody Parade1943Gloria Brewster
Sarong Girl1943Irene Raynor
Indian Signs1943ShortMrs.Kennedy
Hold Your Temper1943ShortEdgar's Wife
Reveille with Beverly1943Elsie (uncredited)
Unfinished Business1941Bit Part (uncredited)
Melody for Three1941Mrs. Veronica Higby (uncredited)
Tattle Television1940Short
Heir Today1937ShortIrene
Will You Stop!1937ShortIrene / Cleopatra
Hamlet and Eggs1937ShortIrene (as Tim and Irene)
His Pest Girl1937ShortIrene (as Irene Noblette)
The Big Courtship1937ShortIrene Ryan (as Irene Noblette)
Modern Home1936ShortIrene
The Wacky Family1936ShortIrene
Peaceful Relations1936ShortIrene (as Irene Noblette)
It Happened All Right1936ShortIrene
Just Plain Folks1936ShortIrene Carr (as Irene Noblette)
One Big Happy Family1935ShortIrene (as Irene Noblette)


The Beverly Hillbillies1962TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hot Rhythm1944performer: "They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree" 1929 uncredited, "The Happiest Girl in Town" 1944


The NBC Comedy Hour1956TV SeriesHerself
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHerself
The Joker's Wild1972TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Jerry Visits1971TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHerself
The Don Knotts Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1963-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Show1969TV SeriesHerself
In Melbourne Tonight1969TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1969TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1966-1967TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Hollywood Squares1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHerself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Deb Stars of 19651965TV MovieHerself
The Andy Williams Show1964TV SeriesHerself
CBS: The Stars' Address1963TV MovieHerself
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHerself - As Granny
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDaisy 'Granny' Moses
Ma Kettle vs. Granny2010ShortGranny
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows2006TV SpecialGranny Moses
Paul Henning & The Hillbillies2005Video documentaryGranny Clampett
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection2003VideoGranny (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos1996VideoGranny (Beverly Hillbillies)
Bad Hair Day: The Videos1996Video shortGranny (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies1993TV Special documentaryGranny (Daisy Moses)
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage

Won Awards

2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite "Fish Out of Water"The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

Nominated Awards

1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
1963Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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