Jill Ireland

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Jill Ireland
Jill Ireland Christopher Shea Shane 1966.JPG
Jill Ireland as Marion Starett and Christopher Shea as her son, Joey in Shane
BornJill Dorothy Ireland
(1936-04-24)24 April 1936
London, United Kingdom
Died18 May 1990(1990-05-18) (aged 54)
Malibu, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1955–1990
Spouse(s)David McCallum (m. 1957–1967)
Charles Bronson (m. 1968-her death)
 
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Jill Ireland
Jill Ireland Christopher Shea Shane 1966.JPG
Jill Ireland as Marion Starett and Christopher Shea as her son, Joey in Shane
BornJill Dorothy Ireland
(1936-04-24)24 April 1936
London, United Kingdom
Died18 May 1990(1990-05-18) (aged 54)
Malibu, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1955–1990
Spouse(s)David McCallum (m. 1957–1967)
Charles Bronson (m. 1968-her death)

Jill Dorothy Ireland (24 April 1936 – 18 May 1990) was an English actress and singer, best known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in London, Ireland was the daughter of a wine importer.[2] She began acting in the mid-1950s with bit parts in films including Simon and Laura (1955) and Three Men in a Boat (1956).

In 1957, Ireland married actor David McCallum.[1] The couple met on Hell Drivers and starred opposite each other in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Quadripartite Affair" (season 1, episode 3 - 1964) and again four weeks later in episode 7, "The Giuoco Piano Affair". She came back a third time in "The Tigers Are Coming Affair" (episode 37 in 1965) and a fourth in the two-part episode The Five Daughters Affair (season 3, episodes 28 and 29 - 1967). They had three sons, Paul, Valentine, and their adopted son, Jason McCallum, who died of a drug overdose in 1989, six months before Ireland's own death.[3] McCallum and Ireland divorced in 1967.

In 1968, Ireland married Charles Bronson.[1] She had first met him when he and McCallum were filming The Great Escape some years earlier. Together they had a daughter, Zuleika, and adopted a daughter, Katrina. They remained married until Ireland's death in 1990.[4]

Death[edit]

Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984.[1] After her diagnosis, Ireland wrote two books chronicling her battle with the disease (at the time of her death, she was writing a third book) and became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.[1] In 1988, she testified before Congress about medical costs and was given the American Cancer Society's Courage Award by President Ronald Reagan.[5]

On 18 May 1990, Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California.[5]

For her contribution to the film industry, Jill Ireland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard.[6]

In 1991, Jill Clayburgh portrayed Ireland in the made-for-television film Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, which told of her later years, including her fight with breast cancer. Clayburgh herself would die from cancer (leukemia) in November 2010.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1955The Woman for JoeBit Part
Oh... Rosalinda!!Lady
Simon and LauraBurton's ReceptionistUncredited
1956Three Men in a BoatBluebell Porterhouse
1957There's Always a ThursdayJennifer Potter
Hell DriversJill, Pull In WaitressAlternative title: Hard Drivers
Robbery Under ArmsJean Morrison
1958The Big MoneyDoreen Frith
1959Carry On NurseJill Thompson
The Desperate ManCarol Bourne
The Ghost Train MurderSally BurtonAlternative title: Scotland Yard: The Ghost Train Murder
1960Girls of the Latin QuarterJill
1961So Evil, So YoungAnn
Jungle StreetSueAlternative title: Jungle Street Girls
Raising the WindJanetAlternative title: Roommates
1962The BattleaxeAudrey Page
Twice Round the DaffodilsJanetAlternative title: What a Carry On: Twice Round the Daffodils
1968Villa RidesGirl in restaurant
1969TwinkyGirl at airportUncredited
1970Rider on the RainNicoleAlternative title: Le Passager de la Pluie
Città violentaYoung BramAlternative title: Violent City
Cold SweatMoira
1971Someone Behind the DoorFrances JeffriesAlternative title: Quelqu'un derrière la porte
1972The Valachi PapersMaria Reina Valachi
The MechanicThe GirlAlternative title: Killer of Killers
1973Valdez HorsesCatherineAlternative titles: Chino, Valdez the Halfbreed & Wild Horses
1975BreakoutAnn Wagner
Hard TimesLucy SimpsonAlternative titles: Street Fighter & The Streetfighter
Breakheart PassMarica
1976From Noon till ThreeAmanda
1979Love and BulletsJackie Pruit
1982Death Wish IIGeri Nichols
1987AssassinationLara Royce Craig
CaughtJanet Devon
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1959The Voodoo FactorReneeUnknown episodes
1960Juke Box Jury1 episode
1961Armchair TheatreSybil Vane1 episode
Kraft Mystery Theatre1 episode
Ghost SquadAnna1 episode
1963Richard the LionheartMarianne1 episode
1964Ben CaseyJulie Carr1 episode
The Third ManJulia1 episode
Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaJulie Lyle1 episode
1964–1967The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Various roles5 episodes
1965My Favorite MartianZelda1 episode
1965–1966Twelve O'Clock HighAlyce Carpenter/Sara Blodgett2 episodes
1966The Wackiest Ship in the Army1 episode
ShaneMarian Starrett17 episodes
1967Star TrekLeila Kalomi1 episode
1968MannixEllen Kovak1 episode
1969Daniel BooneAngela1 episode
1972Night GalleryAnn Loring1 episode
1980The Girl, the Gold Watch & EverythingCharla O'RourkeTelevision film

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. pp. 370/1. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  2. ^ Bernstein, Fred (1979-09-17). "It's a Pretty Impasse When Jill Ireland Is Taller in the Saddle Than Charles Bronson". People. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ Sporkin, Elizabeth (1991-05-20). "Jill Ireland". People. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  4. ^ Smith, Kyle (2003-09-15). "Tender as Nails". People. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  5. ^ a b Yarrow, Andrew L. (1990-05-19). "Jill Ireland, Actress, 54, Is Dead; Wrote of Her Fight With Cancer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame". Walkoffame.com. 1989-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 

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