Irene Tedrow
Irene Tedrow
Veteran actress Irene Tedrow made two guest appearances on Three's Company.
Personal Information
Born: (1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died March 10, 1995(1995-03-10) (aged 87)
Career/Family Information
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company in guest appearances
Character played: Helen's Aunt Martha in the episode titled "The Older Woman" in Season 3
as Miss Arlington in the episode "The Brunch" in Season 6
Three's Company Script

Irene Tedrow (August 3, 1907 – March 10, 1995) appeared as Aunt Martha, Helen Roper's aunt, in the Three's Company episode titled "The Older Woman" in Season 3, and as Miss Arlington, a Santa Monica Community Church board member, in episode 9 of Season 7, "The Brunch".

A veteran character actress in stage, film, television and radio. Irene is also the mother of actress Enid Kent, who played the part of Nurse Bigelow on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H.


Irene was born in Denver, CO. She earned a BA degree in drama from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, PA in 1929. Tedrow was a founding member of San Diego's Old Globe Theater and was cast as an ingenue in the beginning of her career. As she grew older, she found more work in films as the meddling old woman. However, she did have an intermittently recurring role as Mrs. Elkins on the Dennis The Menace TV sitcom series in the 1950s where her character was a dignified, yet domineering woman, who was a nemesis to the pompousness of George Wilson, played by Joseph Kearns. Being a character actor she was never given substantial roles, despite having appeared in many shows, including  The Twilight Zone, Dundee and The Culhane, CBS-TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and NBC-TV's Diff'rent Strokes and Facts Of Life

During the late 1940s, she was the voice of Dorothy Regent in the radio series Chandu The Magician. Theater offered a better outlet and Tedrow appeared on Broadway, even through her eighties, in such productions as Our Town and Pygmalion. In 1955, she appeared on The Jack Benny Program as a contestant with Jack Benny on a mock You Bet Your Life segment with Groucho Marx.[1]


On March 10, 1995, Tedrow died of a stroke in Hollywood, CA. Her grave is located at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. 


  1. You Bet Your Life video segment on YouTube

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