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Irene Manning
Irene Manning.jpg
Inez Harvuot

(1912-07-17)July 17, 1912
DiedMay 28, 2004(2004-05-28) (aged 91)
Other namesHope Manning
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1936–1955
Spouse(s)Keith Kolhoff (1944 - ?)
Maxwell W. Hunter II (1964-2001, his death)

Irene Manning (born Inez Harvuot,[1] July 17, 1912 – May 28, 2004) was an American actress and singer.[2]


Manning was born as Inez Harvuot on July 17, 1912 in Cincinnati, Ohio,[2] one of five siblings. Both of her parents were singers.[2] Her family loved to go on outdoor picnics where the featured activity was group singing. This family environment helped Irene to develop a keen interest in singing at a very early age. Her sisters later complained that little Irene would sing in her sleep, keeping them awake. Manning trained as an opera singer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester[2] and performed with that city's Civic Music Association in 1935.[3]

Manning performed with a four-woman USO show in England and the United States and recorded with Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force Band.[4] Miller was involved in making swing records to be broadcast into Nazi Germany as part of the American Broadcasting System in Europe. Because she had been a light opera star prior to World War II and was fluent in singing in German, she was asked to sing some American pop tunes which had been translated into German vocals. Her sides were some of the last records made by Glenn Miller, prior to his being lost on an ill-fated flight to Paris over the English Channel in December 1944.

She was credited as Hope Manning[1] in her first films, as she broke in with the Republic Studios system in 1936.[citation needed] Her first film placed her as the lead actress in a western, The Old Corral (1938), opposite Gene Autry.[4]

By the early 1940s, Irene was employed in the Warner Bros. studio system as a contract actress and singer. She is probably best remembered as diva "Fay Templeton" in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), opposite James Cagney.[4] In this film, she had a scene in which she had to simultaneously act, sing the song "Mary", and play the piano. She starred with Humphrey Bogart in The Big Shot (1942) and with Dennis Morgan in both The Desert Song (1943) and Shine On, Harvest Moon (1944).

Her contract was picked up by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to place her singing skills as a threat to Jeanette MacDonald, who was giving MGM fits with her difficult demands. In private, Manning claimed that she was a better singer. The problem between MacDonald and MGM subsided, and Manning's contract was dropped without any appearances in an MGM film. In all, Irene Manning made a dozen films.

On Broadway, Manning performed in The Day Before Spring (1945) and Susanna, Don't You Cry (1939).[5] She also appeared in The Dubarry[6] and Serenade in London. She remained in England and appeared on her own BBC TV show, An American in England, until 1951, when she returned to the United States for television and nightclub work. Eventually she retired to teach acting and voice.

Personal life and death

Manning was married four times.[4] In 1944, she married publisher Keith Kolhoff.[7] Her last marriage was to Maxwell W. Hunter II, who designed missiles during the Cold War. They were wed for 37 years until he died in 2001.[4]

Manning died on May 28, 2004, from congestive heart failure at her home in San Carlos, California, at the age of 91. Upon her death, she was cremated with her ashes scattered at sea.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1936 The Old Corral Eleanor Spencer, aka Jane Edwards
1937 Two Wise Maids Ellen Southard
1937 Michael O'Halloran Leslie
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy Fay Templeton
1942 Spy Ship Pam Mitchell
1942 The Big Shot Lorna Fleming
1943 The Desert Song Margot
1944 Shine On, Harvest Moon Blanche Mallory
1944 Make Your Own Bed Vivian Whirtle
1944 The Doughgirls Mrs. Sylvia Cadman
1944 Hollywood Canteen Irene Manning
1945 Escape in the Desert Lora Tedder
1945 I Live in Grosvenor Square Herself - U.S.O. Singer


  1. ^ a b Room, Adrian (2014). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-5763-2. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Saxon, Wolfgang (June 10, 2004). "Irene Manning, the Singing Star Of 1940's Movies, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Hope Manning (Inez Harvuot to Us) Back As Blond to Tell of Glamour in Filmland". Democrat and Chronicle. New York, Rochester. January 9, 1937. p. 15. Retrieved January 14, 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b c d e "Irene Manning, 91, star of musical hits". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Associated Press. June 6, 2004. p. 16. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Irene Manning". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Wearing, J. P. (1991). The London stage, 1940-1949 : a calendar of plays and players. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-2500-7. OCLC 24544270.
  7. ^ Adams, Marjory (November 4, 1945). "Better to Have a 'Dubber-In' Than Sing Own Songs in Movies". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 35. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via
  8. ^ Wilson, Scott (19 August 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.

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