Irene Lorenzo, a liberal neighbor of the Bunkers who gets hired to work with Archie at the Pendergast Tool & Die company on All in the Family in Season four.
|Related to:||Frank Lorenzo (husband)|
|Appeared on:||All in the Family|
|Episodes appeared in:||24 episodes from Seasons 4-6|
|Character played by:||Betty Garrett|
Irene Lorenzo was the liberal friend of Edith Bunker, and wife of fellow liberal Frank Lorenzo, neighbors who lived down the street from the Bunkers. Irene was played by veteran actress Betty Garrett.
Irene, being a 'handyman' of sorts with her own tools, she carried in her purse, fixed a broken wire on the Bunker's living room phone, that Archie had a hard time fixing himself. Irene repaired many things at the Bunker house during her time on the show. She also had a sister that was a nun who appeared in one episode. It is revealed in the episode "Edith's Christmas Story" that Irene had a mastectomy. Archie got her a job as a forklift operator at the plant where Archie worked. Irene was a strong-willed woman of Irish heritage, and Frank was a jovial Italian househusband who loved cooking and singing. He also was a salesman, but it never was said what he sold. In one hilarious episode, "Archie is Cursed", Archie who thinks of himself as a pool shark actually challenged Irene to a pool game - until he found out she was a billiards champ! He tried to back off by claiming he had a bad back from a curse by Frank Lorenzo, until Frank tricked Archie into revealing that his back wasn't hurt and the game was on!
Gardenia, who also appeared as Jim Bowman in Episode 8 of Season 1 (as the man who sold his house to the Jeffersons) and as Curtis Remply in Episode 7 of Season 3 (as a swinger opposite Rue McClanahan), became a semi-regular along with Garrett in 1973. Gardenia only stayed for one season as Frank Lorenzo, but Garrett remained until her character was phased out in late 1975.