Alaskan-born actress Irene Bedard is one of the few native American actresses who has received much acclaim for her roles in television films. Irene is popular for her vocal role as Pocahontas in both the Disney cartoon Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Bedard has been an actress for over two decades and has earned numerous awards for her strong emotional presence in several films. Among her most deserved awards are the 2006 Western Heritage Awards for her role in the mini-series “Into the West”.
Irene Bedard Biography
Irene was born in the Anchorage district, popularly known as one of the most populous cities in Alaska. She was born on July 22, 1967, and is descended from Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree, and Métis.
As for her educational background, Irene went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in music theater.
Irene began acting in her late twenties with the 1994 TNT original film Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, in which she played the role of Mary Crow Dog, her very first leading role. The film, which won the 1995 Western Heritage Award for Television Feature Film, tells of a stalemate 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 character after her voice role in the two animated Disney films: Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. The Disney film Pocahontas, which took the producers about five years to complete, was the first interracial romance in a Disney film in which Irene played the voice of the main character.
2. Irene was listed among the 50 most beautiful Women
Thanks to her good looks, Irene was voted one of the fifty most beautiful people in 1995 by People Magazine. In addition to her great acting skills, Irene has a perfect bikini figure, a sizzling hourglass-shaped body that matches an amazing 5’1 inch height.
The beautiful actress knows what goes best with her lovely body, which measures 32-22-32 inches, and she has a pair of beautiful dark brown eyes. All this attracted the majority of her fans from all over the world and contributed to her fame.
3. Her Net Worth
The leading actress is said to be worth several million, a sum she has earned through her work as an actress, having starred 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, including The Fog – where she played 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 part of Pocahontas. Apart from her enormous wealth, Irene Bedard also has massive followers on social media.
4. Awards and Accolades
Irene’s outstanding achievements in the world of entertainment have earned her numerous prizes and awards around the world that make her mouth water. For example, she won the Western Heritage Awards for her starring role in the 1999 Texas movie Two. She also won the American Indian LA Film and TV Awards for Best Actress in a Feature Film Category in 2004 and the Western Heritage Awards in 2006 for the film Into the West.
5. Irene Bedard had an abusive marriage
Irene is a married woman. She married a singer, Deny Wilson, in 1993, and they both had a son, Quinn Wilson, in 2003. Although there is no information about how the couple met and where they held their wedding ceremony, their relationship ended in 2012 after it became known that the beautiful actress was physically and sexually abused by Wilson.
Information from Bedard’s niece Alia Davis reported that Irene has been severely abused by her husband since her marriage. According to her, Wilson placed Irene under strict physical, financial, and sexual control, took away her income, and forbade her to undertake any acting projects that he did not approve of. It is said that on several occasions she was prevented from acting in films because of the bruises on her body and Wilson’s constant presence in her workplaces, which made both Irene and another cast uncomfortable.
Irene Bedard was able to move to Alaska with the help of her family to escape the terrible situation of domestic violence. In her new place of work, the actress was able to receive medical help and thorough counseling for herself and her son. After her separation, Irene is now more focused on using her celebrity status to showcase the rich and beautiful heritage of all Native Americans and especially the Native Americans of Alaska.