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
Born Jill Dorothy Ireland
(1936-04-24)24 April 1936
London, United Kingdom
Died 18 May 1990(1990-05-18) (aged 54)
Malibu, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–1990
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
Year Film Role Notes
1955 The Woman for Joe Bit Part
Oh... Rosalinda!! Lady
Simon and Laura Burton's Receptionist Uncredited
1956 Three Men in a Boat Bluebell Porterhouse
1957 There's Always a Thursday Jennifer Potter
Hell Drivers Jill, Pull In Waitress Alternative title: Hard Drivers
Robbery Under Arms Jean Morrison
1958 The Big Money Doreen Frith
1959 Carry On Nurse Jill Thompson
The Desperate Man Carol Bourne
The Ghost Train Murder Sally Burton Alternative title: Scotland Yard: The Ghost Train Murder
1960 Girls of the Latin Quarter Jill
1961 So Evil, So Young Ann
Jungle Street Sue Alternative title: Jungle Street Girls
Raising the Wind Janet Alternative title: Roommates
1962 The Battleaxe Audrey Page
Twice Round the Daffodils Janet Alternative title: What a Carry On: Twice Round the Daffodils
1968 Villa Rides Girl in restaurant
1969 Twinky Girl at airport Uncredited
1970 Rider on the Rain Nicole Alternative title: Le Passager de la Pluie
Città violenta Young Bram Alternative title: Violent City
Cold Sweat Moira
1971 Someone Behind the Door Frances Jeffries Alternative title: Quelqu'un derrière la porte
1972 The Valachi Papers Maria Reina Valachi
The Mechanic The Girl Alternative title: Killer of Killers
1973 Valdez Horses Catherine Alternative titles: Chino, Valdez the Halfbreed & Wild Horses
1975 Breakout Ann Wagner
Hard Times Lucy Simpson Alternative titles: Street Fighter & The Streetfighter
Breakheart Pass Marica
1976 From Noon till Three Amanda
1979 Love and Bullets Jackie Pruit
1982 Death Wish II Geri Nichols
1987 Assassination Lara Royce Craig
Caught Janet Devon
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Voodoo Factor Renee Unknown episodes
1960 Juke Box Jury 1 episode
1961 Armchair Theatre Sybil Vane 1 episode
Kraft Mystery Theatre 1 episode
Ghost Squad Anna 1 episode
1963 Richard the Lionheart Marianne 1 episode
1964 Ben Casey Julie Carr 1 episode
The Third Man Julia 1 episode
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Julie Lyle 1 episode
1964–1967 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Various roles 5 episodes
1965 My Favorite Martian Zelda 1 episode
1965–1966 Twelve O'Clock High Alyce Carpenter/Sara Blodgett 2 episodes
1966 The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1 episode
Shane Marian Starrett 17 episodes
1967 Star Trek Leila Kalomi 1 episode
1968 Mannix Ellen Kovak 1 episode
1969 Daniel Boone Angela 1 episode
1972 Night Gallery Ann Loring 1 episode
1980 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything Charla O'Rourke Television 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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