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Irene Mary Neuman


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Irene Mary Neuman Obituary
December 26, 1922 - February 3, 2017 Irene Mary (Brodowski) Neuman died peacefully in her sleep February 3, 2017 of heart failure. She was 94. Irene grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and moved to New York City. A model and an actress, within a few years she married screenwriter William Powell, Jr., and moved to Los Angeles. They had one son and were divorced in 1953. She then married writer/producer E. Jack Neuman on June 30, 1953, and had three more children. They lived in Bel Air and Beverly Hills. Irene was an accomplished artist who painted and sculpted and supported the arts throughout her life. At different times, she also had three art galleries, including the I.N. Gallery, on La Cienega. She was also a founding member of W.A.I.F., the World Adoption International Fund, founded by Jane Russell in 1955. Her work raising funds for W.A.I.F. was an abiding passion, along with her dedication to art. Following her 1970 divorce from Neuman, she pioneered a "singles" lifestyle, continuing to raise funds for W.A.I.F. while making it acceptable to socialize as a divorced woman in Los Angeles, amidst a new climate of "no-fault" divorce in California. She wrote a gossip column for the Canyon Crier, "The I.N. Scene," for several years. She moved to Brentwood in the late 1980's and lived there until 2015. Irene Neuman never slowed down, and always lived on her own terms. She did yoga and Tai Chi, and stayed energized throughout her life. She was passionate and eccentric, and adapted to the changing world around her, even teaching herself to use a computer in her 80s. She is survived by her four children, Claudia, Zachary, Eric John and Victoria Neuman Talbot, her granddaughter Eliza Talbot Manchester and her great-grandson, Remi William Manchester. Services will be at her childhood home where her ashes will be interred.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2017
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