Mrs Henry Birkhardt Harris (Irene Wallach), 36, was born 15th June, 1876. A resident of New York City boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her husband Henry Birkhardt Harris. They occupied cabin C-83 (ticket number36973).
On April 14, 1912, Mrs. Harris fell down a stairway aboard the Titanic and broke her elbow. Later that evening, the Harrises were playing double Canfield in their outside stateroom. Mrs. Harris noticed that "my clothes, which had been swinging on their hangers a moment before, suddenly stopped swinging.
"We didn't feel the impact with the fatal iceberg," she said later.
Mrs Harris was rescued in Collapsible D. When she boarded the Carpathia she was accommodated in a cabin vacated by the artist Colin Campbell Cooper and his wife Emma. Mr Campbell would later record the rescue in two paintings.
Mrs Harris discovered after her husband's death that he was broke. After paying off his debts as best she could she attempted to continue his theatrical business. For a time she was successful but by the 1930s was living in comparative poverty. She remarried three times but remained Rene Harris. She died on 2 September 1969.