All right, you darlings, I’ve succumbed to your clamor. Autobiography!
Baby Irene’s foundation in show business began at a tap dancing school in the Bronx, at the tender age of three. Black patent leather shoes with black satin bows were my idea ofheaven! Move over Shirley Temple, my inner Baby Drag Queen had been born!
But my Finnish immigrant parents had other ideas, whisking me off to Brush Prairie, Washington, a budding megalopolis of 110. Nowhere to tap but cow pies, I was plucked and stuck.
Adulthood couldn’t come too quickly, I was going to be a star! And then I discovered men.
Yes folks, entertaining was superseded by being entertained by the indefinable, ever present male of the species. I was hooked, and that’s why it took me so long to get back to my first love, show business.
Oh, I flirted with it, toyed with it, dreamed of it, everything but did it! Who had time?
I was a bartender at Hamburger Mary’s in Waikiki, when I was offered an Equity contract to do Godspell, playing the part of the tramp.
It was a stretch, but I managed. I was a hit! This was the impetus to propel me headlong into my dreams of torch singer, comedienne, actress, and drag queen! Yes, my inner Drag Queen was screeching to get in on the act, how could I say no?
July 20, 1953 - May 31, 2020
Irene Soderberg was a powerhouse performer, acclaimed in hundreds of clubs across the country. From Seattle to New York, Chicago to Denver, Key West to Portland, Provincetown to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Honolulu, Irene was well known for her live performances in theater venues, cabarets and benefits. From her home in West Hollywood, she was involved in film, television, writing and music.
Irene created her own material, whether it be costumes, comedy or characters, for a show that was larger than life. She maked every song her own with her unique interpretations; she was well known for creating ingenious special lyrics and parodies.
In addition, Irene had produced or performed in over 1000 AIDS benefits across the nation. She feels this was her most important work.
Shine On Hollywood Magazine March 2013 Issue: "Top Women Industry Professionals" – Share Your Shine “Share Your Story”
...featuring: Irene Soderberg, ----
See it at: shineonhollywoodmagazine.com
It has been our privilege to have been friends of Irene, be her webmasters and host her website over these past years. Sean and I have decided to continue to host her website and it will remain in archival mode through late 2022.
This world class DIVA is a virtuoso performer… can steal any show she’s in!
- Odyssey LA
The best in the Business, had everyone in the room laughing and applauding.
- NY Cabaret Hotline
A one woman hurricane - laugh riot.
A truly spectacular performer.
- Nightlife LA
Smolders Mae West-Style.
- Honolulu Advertiser
This mad-cap song and dance gal is a Big entertainer.
- NY Native
Irene Soderberg: I'M GONNA LIVE, LIVE, LIVE!
With a deep richly textured voice, this Diva knows how to sing, exciting and fun, be part of "The In Crowd".
- Michael Nelson, New York
Don't miss this SF legend - a big girl with a big talent.
- Bay Area Reporter
Fireball personality with a voice that won't quit.
- Boston Mirror
Riotous and bawdy blues singer-comedienne.
- NY Daily News
Awesome - Indiana Jones in a sequin gown.
- 4-Front Magazine