Irene Adler (A Scandal in Bohemia) Irene Adler is a character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, and appears in the 1891 story, A Scandal in Bohemia, as well as being mentioned in several others. Irene has the exalted position of being a woman whom Holmes admires – no small feat, indeed. Born in New Jersey, Irene has a successful career as an opera singer and also has an affair with the King of Bohemia before retiring to London in her late twenties. The king describes her as “the most beautiful of women” with “the mind of the most resolute of men”, which surely must be the highest praise possible for women of the 19th century. Nonetheless, all this fine feeling does not stop the king, on the eve of his marriage to another, from hiring Holmes to recoup a compromising photograph of him and Irene. We are happy to report that our Irene out-foxes the great Holmes himself, earning her his undying admiration. Not only that, Irene does not hand over the picture, but she promises not to use it against the king as long as he does not try any more dirty tricks such as this. She has our admiration as well – way to go, Irene!
Irene Heron Forsyte (The Forsyte Saga) Irene is a character in John Galsworthy’s series of novels in The Forsyte Saga, published between 1906 and 1921. The novels follow the fortunes of an upper-middle-class British family, and have been made into several cinematic adaptations. Soames Forsyte is a self-described “man of property”, and this property includes, in his view, his beautiful wife, Irene. Although his possessions bring him little happiness, this does not stop Forsyte from accumulating more and more, or from obsessing over what he has. To this end, Forsyte seeks to isolate the lovely Irene by erecting a magnificent house in the country for her, keeping her away from all she knows and holds dear. In a neat piece of irony, Irene falls in love with the architect Soames has hired to design her fortress. Soames, in a rage, rapes Irene, who leaves him, and the architect, crazed over the rape, dies in an accident. As the saga continues, Irene forms a platonic friendship with Soames’ older cousin, the family patriarch, Old Jolyon, who leaves her money upon his death. She then spurns Soames’ entreaties to bear him a child and enters into an affair with and marries the elder cousin’s son, Young Jolyon, by whom she does have a child, Jon, and finally achieves happiness. Irene is a perfect example of women in a time when they could be almost literally bought and sold, held chattel by men and looked upon as no more than breeding machines. That she broke free of these chains, albeit at great price, is a tribute to all the Irenes of her time.
A Casa D'Irene - a song by Nico Fidenco
Goodnight Irene - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra
Goodnight Irene - a song by Jim Reeves
Goodnight Irene - a song by Jo Stafford
Goodnight Irene - a song by Ry Cooder
Goodnight Irene - a song by Leadbelly
Irene - a song by TobyMac
Irene Wilde - a song by Ian Hunter
Motorcycle Irene - a song by Moby Grape
Wake Up, Irene - a song by Hank Thompson
Brave Irene (William Steig) - Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl. But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on. Brave Irene is a 1986 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Irene the Elephant (Geraldine Guadagno) - It's a great awakening at any age to truly feel that you are loved beyond measure. Irene the Elephant doesn't like herself because she is so different from her companions. Share Irene's discovery that her complete gift of herself -- given together with her friends -- reveals the immensity of God's love for each of them even in the face of danger. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Irene - Saint Irene (several saints); Princess Irene of the Netherlands (royalty); Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (royalty); Irene Cara (singer/actress); Irene Dunne (actress); Irene Ryan (actress)
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Irene - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Irene.