Jill Dorothy Ireland
24 April 1936
|Died||18 May 1990 (aged 54)|
(m. 1957; div. 1967)
|Children||5; including Val McCallum|
Life and careerEdit
In 1957, Ireland married actor David McCallum after the couple met while working on the film Hell Drivers (1957). Later, they appeared together in five episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: "The Quadripartite Affair" (season 1, episode 3, 1964), "The Giuoco Piano Affair" (season 1, episode 7, 1964), "The Tigers Are Coming Affair" (season 2, episode 8, 1965), and a two-parter "The Five Daughters Affair" (season 3, episodes 28 & 29, 1967). They had three sons, Paul, Valentine, and Jason (who was adopted). McCallum and Ireland divorced in 1967. Jason McCallum died of a drug overdose in 1989, six months before Ireland's death.
In 1968, Ireland married Charles Bronson. She had met him when he and McCallum were filming The Great Escape (1963) some years earlier. Together they had a daughter, Zuleika, and adopted a daughter, Katrina. They remained married until Ireland's death in 1990.
Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. 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 spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society. In 1988, she testified before the U.S. Congress about medical costs and was given the American Cancer Society's Courage Award by President Ronald Reagan.
In 1990, Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in a cane which Charles Bronson had buried with him at Brownsville Cemetery when he died in 2003.
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. Although Clayburgh never met Ireland, she read her book and listened to taped interviews with her in preparation. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly praised Clayburgh's accent in Reason for Living, writing "Quite aside from her smooth assurance, Clayburgh pulls off Ireland’s English accent without calling attention to herself." This performance led the New York Times to write that her small-screen work was "a sign of the times: older actresses accustomed to playing strong roles are finding their best work [in film] on television."
|1955||No Love for Judy||The Other Woman|
|The Woman for Joe||Bit Part||Uncredited|
|Simon and Laura||Burton's Receptionist|
|1956||The Big Money||Doreen Frith|
|Three Men in a Boat||Bluebell Porterhouse|
|1957||There's Always a Thursday||Jennifer Potter|
|Hell Drivers||Jill, Pull Inn Waitress||Alternative title: Hard Drivers|
|Robbery Under Arms||Jean Morrison|
|1959||Carry On Nurse||Jill Thompson|
|The Ghost Train Murder||Sally Burton||Alternative title: Scotland Yard: The Ghost Train Murder|
|The Desperate Man||Carol Bourne|
|1960||Jungle Street||Sue||Alternative title: Jungle Street Girls|
|Girls of the Latin Quarter||Jill|
|1961||So Evil, So Young||Ann|
|Raising the Wind||Janet||Alternative title: Roommates|
|1962||Twice Round the Daffodils||Janet||Alternative title: What a Carry On: Twice Round the Daffodils|
|The Battleaxe||Audrey Page|
|1967||The Karate Killers||Imogen Smythe|
|1968||Villa Rides||Girl in restaurant|
|1970||Twinky||Girl at airport||Uncredited|
|Rider on the Rain||Nicole||Alternative title: Le Passager de la Pluie|
|Città violenta||Vanessa Shelton||Alternative title: Violent City|
|Cold Sweat||Moira||Alternative title: De la part des copains|
|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||Chino (1973 film)||Catherine||Alternative titles: Valdez Horses, Valdez the Halfbreed|
|Hard Times||Lucy Simpson||Alternative titles: Street Fighter & The Streetfighter|
|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||(final film role)|
|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.||Imogen Smythe / Marion Raven / Suzanne de Serre||5 episodes|
|1965||My Favorite Martian||Zelda||1 episode|
|1965–1966||Twelve O'Clock High||Alyce Carpenter "The Hotshot"/Sara Blodgett "The Survivor"||2 episodes|
|1966||The Wackiest Ship in the Army||1 episode|
|Shane||Marian Starrett||17 episodes|
|1967||Star Trek||Leila Kalomi||1 episode "This Side of Paradise"|
|1968||Mannix||Ellen Kovak||1 episode "To the Swiftest, Death"|
|1969||Daniel Boone||Angela||1 episode "The Traitor"|
|1972||Night Gallery||Ann Loring||1 episode "The Miracle at Camafeo"/"The Ghost of Sorworth Place" [second segment, "Ghost"]|
|1980||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||Charla O'Rourke||Television film|
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- Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor, Vermont
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