She was a 6'8" tall burlesque dancer who was born right here in Alberta. She was gorgeous, independent, and she made a good living doing what she loved.
After she quit the burlesque scene, she was a real estate agent for a while and she married a man named Stuart Jewell.
Stuart Jewell was a cinematographer. He filmed quite a lot of the natural world and Irene travelled with him to some incredibly exotic places - check him out here on IMDB. Now, he's not credited for it, but Irene told me that he did the time-lapse photography of Disneyland being constructed - which you can see on the Disney and More blog here.
She recently was asked to donate a lot of her burlesque memorabilia to the Smithsonian. You can read all about her in this article from the Daily Pilot in Cosa Mesa (where she lives).
Anyhow, it's a really interesting story, and I just thought more people should know about her.