Irene Cagen Forrest
Forrest, Irene Cagen
December 15, 1944 - July 25, 2010
Irene Cagen Forrest, an actress and casting director who often portrayed quirky, high-strung characters, died July 25, 2010, in Providence, R.I., after a year-long battle with a brain tumor. She was 65.

After co-starring in "THX1138," she went on to guest star in the television show "LA Law" and Henry Jaglom's road film "Sitting Ducks" for which she earned a National Association of Film Critics Award nomination for best supporting actress. She also made appearances in the films "Communion" and "Baby Fever."

Ms. Cagen began a successful casting career in the late 1980's with Liberman/Hirschfeld and later Liberman/Patton Casting where she made her mark on many successful television series, television movies and features films. Her independent casting credits include the TV series "Crash," and the feature film "Light and the Sufferer," for which she was also executive producer.

She was born December 15, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Frank and Sylvia Cagen, and grew up in the New York City borough of Queens. Ms. Forrest attended Queens College and the University of California at Berkeley, and later taught acting in Los Angeles and Portland, where she mentored many actors. She is survived by her brother, Andrew Cagen, of Providence, two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service will take place on October 2, 2010 at 10:00AM at the Los Angeles Friendship Center, 5899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Donations may be made to the no-kill animal rescue Sante D'Or Foundation and the Stray Cat Alliance.

Published by Los Angeles Times on Jul. 30, 2010.
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Irene and I were friends for 41 years. I knew her mom, dad, and met Andrew. Although I moved away we would connect every few years and when we got together we never missed a beat. We picked up from where we left off. We shared special secrets, laughter, tears, and a connection that will last forever. I missed her last year and did not know of her illness; I would have come to her immediately if I had knows as well as have attended her memorial service. I sadly found out unexpectedly in reading the SAG magazine today.

I love you Irene and I will see you in eternity and that is a fact because I was there with you!!!
John 3:16

If anyone can help me get in touch with Andrew and other family members or friends of Irene I would so appreciate it.
Arlene Kaiser
Arlene Kaiser
February 24, 2011
Irene was one of the kindest people I've ever met. She will be so very missed.
xo tay
August 4, 2010
Irene,

You were always so lovely to me. I will remember you with great fondness. I was lucky to have had the pleasure to know you and to work with you. Our business lost a good one.

With love and admiration.

Meredith Fine
Meredith Fine
August 4, 2010
Sad news... She was the nicest casting director I met while I was in LA a couple of years ago. We had started a formal drink at "Chocolat" on Melrose, and it went on so well that we had decided to have dinner, after she offered me her assistance for rushing to find a cellphone card just before the store'd close ! We'd had a lot of fun, and I have a vivid souvenir of her...
Nicolas Ronchi
August 4, 2010
I loved Irene's pixie spirit, her kindness and generosity of love, time and input. She was a remarkably talented woman in many ways. And she truly loved people. I am sure she is keeping the angels in stitches up there in heaven and God is smiling.
Nannette Troutman
August 4, 2010
I knew Irene for a short time from 2008 on. What I learned was that she was an extremely caring and loving person. She taught me a lot in a very short time and I'm forever thankful for that. I was deeply saddened when I found out about her battle with brain cancer. I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Irene after her first surgery at a care home in West Hollywood. She was her usual self, she was happy and wasn't letting her medical complications bring her spirit down.
My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Irene.
Rest in peace Irene, you will be missed and not forgotten.
Cole Carson
August 4, 2010
In memmory of Irene
marion needelman
July 31, 2010
Irene was kind, witty, smart and fun...there's so much that can't be said here, only that we will miss her tremendously. Andrew, your cousins and aunt send our deepest condolences and love to you and the family.
Danielle Dunn
July 31, 2010
So many wonderful memories filled with laughter. What a special soul we have lost.
Tammara Billik
July 30, 2010
My condolences to the Cagen family and close friends of Irene. She was a warm, friendly and talented woman who was well thought of... and will be missed. Vicki Rosenberg Suchin
Vicki Rosenberg Suchin
July 29, 2010
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