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Irenee Byatt as Bloody Mary
Irenee Byatt
Credits
Roles Betty
Lady in Plane
Woman with Lamp
Woman Getting Wet
Biographical Information
Birthdate May 3, 1926
Birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Death Date circa 1999 (age 72-73)
Death Place California, United States

Irenee Byatt played various characters in seasons six and seven of Bewitched, including one episode as Betty (1969-1971).

Biography[]

Irenee (Irene) Byatt was a Canadian contralto and actress. After lessons in Victoria, British Columbia, she studied with Albert Whitehead at the RCMT (1948-1950), and with Roy Henderson in England (1950-1954). In 1953 she sang in "The Messiah" at Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Sargent. Later in London she was Buttercup in "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Her Majesty's Theatre. In Canada she sang at first in recitals, drawing praise on one such occasion from George Kidd, who in the Toronto Telegram (11 November 1954) described her voice as "big and strong, with wonderful control, beautiful concentration on diction and an admirable range".

In 1959, Byatt was a soloist in the York Concert Society presentation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. She appeared in several Gilbert & Sullivan operettas on CBC TV, and in 1960 and 1961 at the Stratford Festival. She also sang in several presentations by the Ottawa Choral Society (for example, Rossini's "Petite Messe solennelle" in 1961), and participated in the radio (1959) and stage (1960) premieres of John Beckwith's "Night Blooming Cereus".

In 1965 she moved to the United States, appearing in several touring productions of musical comedies, in "South Pacific" (1967, as Bloody Mary) at Lincoln Center, New York, and as an actress on television and in movies. In 1976 she returned to Canada to sing Mrs. Trapes in "The Beggar's Opera" at the Guelph Spring Festival. She played Emily Carr in the 1972 CBC TV production "The Wonder of It All". In 1978 she was living in Los Angeles.[1]

Byatt died circa 1999 in California. She was 72-73.[2]

Bewitched Credits[]

  • Betty in "Darrin the Warlock"
  • Lady in Plane in "The Salem Saga"
  • Woman with Lamp in "Samantha's Psychic Pslip"
  • Woman Getting Wet in "Super Arthur" (uncredited)

External Link[]

Irene Byatt on the Internet Movie Database.

References[]

  1. Irenee Byatt on The Canadian Encyclopedia, December 9, 2013. Retrieved on February 10, 2020.
  2. Pierce, David. Irene Byatt birthday announcement, comment from Byatt's grand niece Tara Mitchell-Muntain, The Bewitched History Book by David Pierce on Facebook, May 2, 2019. Retrieved on October 25, 2021.
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