She has transitioned from being a dancer to a model, actress, producer, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, Beauty & Luxury Lifestyle Expert, product developer, best-selling author, award-winning equestrian, and now back to a cabaret singer.
“I live life to the fullest. I’m very adventurous and enjoy exploring and reinventing myself all the time, so there isn’t anything I feel I cannot tackle,” said Irene.
The inspiring 76-year-old’s career began as a professional dancer at 16. She performed across the country and in Canada until she ventured into modeling.
Modeling soon led Irene into acting and she landed a recurring role on General Hospital, a popular daytime series.
She appeared in several feature films and on stage in various theater productions and then soon set her sights on working behind the camera as a producer, and then an entrepreneur.
After diving into modeling and acting, Irene poured her heart into singing and songwriting so much so that she released an album and toured the club scene. However, she later put that aside to focus on other ventures, forming two production companies and a modeling agency, Showtime.
Irene then started her signature brand with I On The Scene, a popular Beauty & Luxury Lifestyle website providing engaging entertainment, culture, fashion, and beauty content to readers worldwide.
When asked what she is most proud of, Irene says, “I really am proud of all my accomplishments. What stands out most in my mind is the I On…brand beginning in 2008 with the website, I On The Scene, which is the culmination of years of experience in front and behind the camera.”
While anyone would think this Showbiz Star would end it all there, Irene chose to immortalize her love for anti-aging beauty in I On Youth Collection by Irene Michaels. The collection is an anti-aging skin care product line dedicated to helping users maintain a healthy and youthful appearance.
Irene launched her debut book, adding author to her many achievements. I On Beauty – Living Beautifully and Luxuriously Beyond 50 was released in the Fall of 2020 and steadily climbed to International Bestseller Status in 7 countries and 4 Beauty and Lifestyle Categories.
I On Beauty has been promoted on Rita Cosby WABC77, USA Today Storytellers Project, a recent issue of the Modern Luxury’s CS Magazine Dynamic Women feature, various news shows, and podcasts. The reviews so far have been outstanding!
Irene continues reinventing herself towards a consistent meaning of fulfillment as she returns to one of her earlier loves, MUSIC! Irene has rekindled the fire alongside her husband, 10-time TONY winner, Arny Granat.
It started after the restrictions and grim effects of the pandemic. Arny saw a burning desire for live music and he formed OUR HOUSE, a one-show performance with multiple notable singers and musicians.
Irene Michaels, who has been a show business fixture most of her life, is a featured singer in OUR HOUSE.
The eclectic ensemble has been wowing Chicago audiences since its debut in March 2021 followed by SOLD OUT performances at Le Piano in Rogers Park, Arcada Speakeasy in St Charles, and the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue.
On Monday, October 18, 2021, Irene will be singing with OUR HOUSE at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago at 8 pm – Showtime
Tickets for OUR HOUSE at the Jazz Showcase can be purchased here.