Played incompetent secretary in 'LA Law'

Irene Cagen Forrest, casting director and actress who often portrayed quirky, high-strung characters, died July 25 in Providence, R.I., of brain tumor. She was 65.

Among her roles were as a compulsively talkative lover in Henry Jaglom’s film “Sitting Ducks,” and an incompetent secretary in NBC’s “LA Law.”

Other bigscreen work include performances in George Lucas’ 1971 sci-fier “THX1138,” as well as “Communion” (1989), “Playing by Heart” and “Babyfever.”

On stage Forrest was featured in productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival and plays in Los Angeles that included “Lovers and Other Strangers,” “Poor Little Match Girl” and “House of Blue Leaves.”

Her TV credits include “Fame,” “Dead by Sunset,” plus the telepics “Alien Nation: Millennium” and “Midnight Run for Your Life.”

In the late 1980s she began a second career as a casting director, working at Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting as Irene Cagen. Her credits included Bob Dylan-toplined “Masked and Anonymous,” the minis “Kingdom Hospital” and “A Wrinkle in Time”; plus CBS series “Medium” and USA Network’s “The 4400.” Her independent casting credits include Starz’s “Crash,” and feature “Light and the Sufferer,” on which she was also executive producer.

She also taught acting.

Survivors include a brother.

Donations may be made in her name to animal rescue agency Sante Dor Foundation, 4511 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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