(born July 22, 1967) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American
characters in a variety of films. Bedard was born in Anchorage
. Her heritage is Inupiat Inuit
Irene Bedard's first role was as Mary Crow Dog
in the television production Siege at Wounded Knee
, which depicted the 1970s standoff between police and Native Americans at Wounded Knee
, South Dakota
. She is probably best known as the voice of the main character in the Disney
animated film Pocahontas
and its direct-to-video sequel Journey to a New World
. Bedard was also the physical model for the character. She appeared in a different take of the story in the 2005 film The New World
, as Pocahontas' mother. Bedard attended The University of the Arts
in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Musical Theatre.
In 2005, she was cast in the television mini-series Into the West
, portraying the half-Lakota, half-white adult Margaret "Light Shines" Wheeler.
Irene Bedard is known for bringing a powerful emotional presence to her characters. She was chosen as one of People
magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 1995.
She married singer Denny Wilson
in 1993. Their son, Quinn Wilson, was born in 2003. In 2010, Bedard left Wilson, alleging physical, sexual, and mental abuse, and fled to... Read More