Irene Bedard is an American actress, known for her roles in many movies and television shows. She has received several awards and nominations for her acting skills. However, her greatest role to date is her portrayal of Pocahontas in Disney’s animated film, Pocahontas.
After graduating from Diamond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, she studied Musical Theatre at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 1995, People magazine named her among the 50 most beautiful women in the world. During her early twenties, Irene Dawson began auditioning for TV shows. Eventually, she landed a role on the TV series Lakota Woman. From there, she went on to appear in numerous other television series.
Irene Bedard was born on July 22, 1967, in Anchorage, Alaska. The youngest of four children, she is of mixed ancestry, with a cree and inupiat heritage. Her parents raised her and her siblings, including her sisters Jennifer and Jennifer Lynn. They eventually relocated to the city of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009.
When she was young, Irene had a knack for acting. As a matter of fact, she was the lead in several school plays. Afterward, she decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Initially, she did ballet dancing and began to practice acting. But she always had a zeal for the entertainment business.
Aside from being an actress, she also works as a voice actor. She provided the speaking voice for the titular character in the 1995 animated film, Pocahontas. This performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
It was her appearance in the film that led her to become famous. She also had a role in the film Crazy Horse. Later, she had a supporting role in the thriller Spreading Darkness. Among her other notable accomplishments, she was credited with starring in the 1996 film, Navajo Blues.
She is one of the most famous actors in the United States. As of now, she has an estimated net worth of $5 million. Despite her divorce with Denny Wilson in 2012, she has not married again. While her divorce settlement is not public, it is believed that she was abusive to her husband, Deni.
Irene Bedard has been active on social media. She has over 10K followers on Instagram, and 19K fans on Facebook. Of course, she prefers to keep her personal life out of the spotlight. Though she has not publicly confirmed her divorce, she did file a lawsuit against her former husband.
Though she is a successful actress, Irene hasn’t yet managed to find happiness. Earlier in 2010, she escaped from a domestic violence scenario with her seven-year-old son. Although her actions were condemned, she was still able to make her way out of her tumultuous marriage. Fortunately, she has a supportive family and friends. Having survived a difficult 17-year marriage, she gathered the strength to carry on.
Today, Irene Bedard is a mother and an actress. She is currently living in Yellow Springs, Ohio.