may be best-known as the voice, and the longhaired inspiration, for the Disney animated feature Pocahontas, co-starring Mel Gibson
. Having appeared as Nakooma in Disney's Squanto: A Warrior's Tale and as Windy in the Sundance Film Institute production Indians & Cowboys, Bedard more recently worked in the films Grand Avenue, Navajo Blues, Songof Hiawatha and Det Store Flip (Wild Flowers).
Bedard received a Golden Globe nomination for her first television performance, the portrayal of Mary Crow Dog in TNT's Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee. Along with hosting The Disney Channel's The Making of Pocahontas and narrating TNT's The Making of Lakota Women, she has also guest starred in such episodics as ABC's The Marshal, TNT's Crazy Horse, CBS' True Women and NBC's Profiler.
Bedard's first love is theater, performing extensively on stages across the U.S. Her work includes A Lie of the Mind for Shubert Theatre, Top Girls and American Buffalo for New York Theatre Workshop, Uncommon Women and Others for Madison Avenue Theatre, Under Control for Joseph Papp Public Theatre, In The Spirit for Ensemble Studio Theatre and Springtime for Drama League. She has also written such original works as Point Hope for the theater ensemble Chuka Lukoli, of which she is a founding member.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Irene Bedard Facts
|Pocahontas Two-Movie Special Edition|
|Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World|
|Miracle at Sage Creek|
|The New World|
|Into the West|
|The Spectacular Spider-Man: Season 1|