The Alaska-born actress Irene Bedard is one of the few native American actresses who has gained much recognition for their roles in TV films. Irene is popular for her voice role as Pocahontas in both the Disney animated film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Having been acting for over two decades, Bedard has graciously earned for herself numerous awards through her powerful emotional presence in several films. Among her most earned awards include the 2006 Western Heritage Awards for her role in miniseries, Into the West.
Irene Bedard Biography
Irene was born in the Municipality of Anchorage, popularly regarded as one of Alaska’s most populous city. She was born on July 22, 1967, and she is of Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree and Métis ancestry.
Talking about her educational background, Irene went to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre.
Irene started acting in her late twenties with the 1994 TNT original movie, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee being her very first major role, where she played as Mary Crow Dog. The movie which won the Western Heritage Award for Television Feature Film in 1995, gives an account of a standoff between Native Americans and the Police in the 1970s.
Facts You Need To Know About The American Actress
1. She was first widely recognized as a voice actress
Irene became an international figure after her voice role in Disney’s two animation films: Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. The Disney’s Pocahontas which took the producers about five years to complete featured the first interracial romance seen in a Disney film and it had Irene acting as the voice of the main character.
2. Irene was listed among 50 most beautiful Women
Thanks to her good looks, Irene was in 1995, named among the top fifty most beautiful people by People Magazine. In addition to her great acting skills, Irene has a perfect bikini figure, a sizzling hourglass shaped body matched with an amazing height of 5’1 inches.
The beautiful actress knows what best fits her lovely body which measures 32-22-32 in and, she has a pair of lovely dark brown eyes. All these attracted a majority of her fan from all over the world, thus adding to her fame among other things.
3. Her Net Worth
The star actress is believed to worth several million, an amount she garnered from her occupation as an actress having appeared in several TV mini-series such as The Spectacular Spider-Man and Turok: Son of Stone. Her most recent film appearances are between 2017 and 2018, they include The Mist – where she took a recurring role as Kimi Lucero in nine episodes, Spreading Darkness where she appeared as Marci Gippolin and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 where she took the role of Pocahontas. Aside from her massive wealth, Irene Bedard also has massive followers on the social media.
4. Awards and Accolades
Irene’s excellence in the world of entertainment has earned her numerous mouth-watering awards and accolades around the world. For instance, she has won the Western Heritage Awards for her feature role in the 1999 film Two for Texas. She also won the American Indian LA Film and TV Awards for the 2004 Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film category and the 2006 Western Heritage Awards for the year’s film, Into The West.
5. Irene Bedard had an abusive marriage
Irene is a married woman. She got married in 1993 to a singer, Deny Wilson and they both had a son, Quinn Wilson in 2003. Although there is no information on how the couple met and where they had their wedding ceremony, their relationship came to an end in 2012 after it was revealed that the beautiful actress was being physically and sexually abused by Wilson.
Information shared by Bedard’s niece Alia Davis related that Irene suffered severe abuse from her husband since they got married. According to her, Wilson placed Irene under severe physical, financial and sexual control, taking her earnings, and forbidding her to take up any acting projects that he didn’t approve. It is said that she was on several occasions rejected to feature in films because of the bruises on her body together with Wilson’s constant presence at her work sites which makes both Irene and other casts uneasy.
Irene Bedard was able to move to Alaska with the help of her family and in an attempt to flee the horrific domestic violence situation. In her new location, the actress was able to gain medical attention as well as a thorough counseling for herself and her son. After their breakup, Irene is now more focused on using her celebrity status to showcase the rich and beautiful heritage of all Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives, in particular.