First Americans are commonly cast for movies in which the story revolves around this community. They are however rarely seen in another type of film, even though they are acknowledged and recognized for being talented. On this website people can read more about Native American actors and Native American actresses as well as their contribution to the entertainment industry.
Irene Bedard is one of the Native American Actresses best known for her participation in various movies featuring Native American characters. She was born in 1967 in Alaska, and she is known to come from Métis and Inupiat Inuit descent. She got her first role in Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, where she played the role of Mary Crow Dog. However, she probably gained her international awareness and recognition as the main voice of Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, two animation films produced by Disney. She was not only the voice of the character, but Pocahontas was also modeled according to Bedard’s own physical characteristics. She had also appeared in several television mini-series such as Into the West, where she portrayed Margaret ‘Light Shines’ Wheeler, a half-Lakota and half-white woman. Bedard studied musical theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Moreover, she was chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995 by People magazine.
As far as her personal life is concerned, Bedard got married in 1993 to Deny Wilson, a singer with whom she had a baby boy in 2003. However, the marriage broke up in 2010 when Bedard left her husband due to irreconcilable differences. Members of her family are known to have supported her allegations by testifying to the fact that her husband took control over her career and much of her social life during the course of their marriage.