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- Jazz singer who was born in Chicago, Illinois
- Died due to breast cancer in Encino, California at the age of 46.
- She sang with bands on tours led by Woody Herman and Chubby Jackson, former Herman bass player.
- Irene joined Maynard Ferguson’s band in the late 1950s and sang with groups led by Stan Kenton and Shelly Manne.
- Irene became more widly known after her death when Clint Eastwood used her recordings in his 1995 movie, The Bridges of Madison County.