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Irene Vernon as the first Louise Tate

IRENE VERNON (Louise Tate from 1964-1966)

Irene Vernon was bom in Mishawaka, Indiana, and graduated from Mishawaka High School. From there she traveled to New York to become a dancer, performing in many nightclubs, including Ben Martin's Riviera in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

After doing a few Broadway shows such as the 1943 hit Artists and Models on Broadway (which starred Jane Froman and Jackie Gleason), Vernon signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in California and appeared in bit parts in films, including 'Til the Clouds Roll By (1946, her first movie) and The Pirate (1948), starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. "I was very excited, says Vernon, "but very dumb and naive abou