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Iris Meredith

Real name:
Iris Marie Shunn

1915 - 1980

(Courtesy of Randy Laing)

Above, Bill Elliott and Iris Meredith in the OVERLAND WITH KIT CARSON (Columbia, 1939) cliffhanger, Elliott's second serial for Columbia Pictures.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above and below, Iris Meredith with Charles Starrett in RIDERS OF THE BLACK RIVER (Columbia, 1939).

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Iris Meredith is one of my favorite heroines ... and she is certainly among the most beautiful leading ladies of the B western and cliffhanger.

Her film career spanned from the early 1930s to the early 1940s. Most of her work was at Columbia Pictures in serials like THE SPIDER'S WEB (Columbia, 1938), OVERLAND WITH KIT CARSON (Columbia, 1939) and THE GREEN ARCHER (Columbia, 1940), as well as about two dozen westerns starring Charles Starrett, Bill Elliott and Bob Allen. Her last films were circa 1942 - 1943 at PRC (Producers Releasing Corporation) in oaters with Buster Crabbe and the Texas Rangers.

In later life, Iris Meredith fought a long battle with cancer which disfigured her face ... but the illness did not damper her grace, wit and spirit.

Meredith was married to Columbia Pictures director/assistant director Abby Berlin who is best remembered for helming many of the BLONDIE films of the 1940s. He later worked on TV shows for Columbia's Screen Gems TV subsidiary. The September 10, 1947 issue of Film Daily had profiles on many directors. For Abby Berlin, he and Iris Meredith married on February 7, 1941 and daughter Deanna was born September 13, 1943.

Les Adams has Iris identified in about 50 films, of which 32 are westerns and 3 are serials.

You may want to check the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and go to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: Iris Marie Berlin, birthdate and location of 6/3/1915 and Iowa, Mother's maiden name of Ross, Father's last name of Shunn, and she passed away on 1/22/1980. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

The Family Search website has more on Iris Meredith / Iris Shunn:

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Iris and her husband Abby Berlin:
      Iris Meredith:
      Abby Berlin (1907 - 1965):

JIm Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Iris Meredith Berlin (and husband Abby Berlin) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California:

Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" serial website has a webpage on Iris Meredith in cliffhangers:

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith and Sons of the Pioneers member Bob Nolan in SPOILERS OF THE RANGE (Columbia, 1939).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Hank Bell, with his customary moustache, Charles Starrett, Kenneth MacDonald, Iris Meredith and Ed Cobb in another scene from SPOILERS OF THE RANGE (Columbia, 1939).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card for OUTPOST OF THE MOUNTIES (Columbia, 1939) which starred Charles Starrett and featured pretty Iris Meredith and the Sons of the Pioneers. It was one of six films with an RCMP theme in which Starrett had the lead.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

In the front row are Sons of the Pioneers member Bob Nolan (on the paint hoss), Iris Meredith and Charles Starrett in a lobby card from BLAZING SIX SHOOTERS (Columbia, 1940). In the back row are several other SOP members --- Lloyd Perryman (far left), Tim Spencer is behind Nolan, two unidentifieds are behind Iris and Starrett, and Hugh Farr is on the far right.

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