Irish McCalla

Irish McCalla

Film and Television Actress
Born Dec 25, 1928

Nellie Elizabeth "Irish" McCalla was an American actress and artist best known as the title star of the 1950s television series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Sheena co-starred actor Chris Drake. McCalla was also a "Varga Girl" model for pinup girl artist Alberto Vargas.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on December 25, 1928.


1951 22 Years Old In 1951, she married insurance salesman Patrick McIntyre, with whom she had two sons.
1952 23 Years Old McCalla was already a popular pinup model by 1952, when she and several other models appeared in the film River Goddesses, comprising voluptuous young women frolicking in Glen Canyon. … Read More
1955 26 Years Old Her 26-episode series aired in first-run syndication from 1955-56. … Read More
1957 28 Years Old McCalla and McIntyre divorced in 1957, and the following year McCalla married English actor and James Joyce/Sherlock Holmes scholar Patrick Horgan. They divorced in January 1969.


1982 53 Years Old In 1982, McCalla, then living in Malibu, California, married Chuck Rowland, a national sales manager for an auto glass firm, and moved with him to Prescott, Arizona, where she lived out her days. … Read More


1996 67 Years Old She made personal appearances at autograph conventions, appearing as late as 1996 in a faux-leopard Sheena costume.
2002 73 Years Old At age 73 in 2002, Irish McCalla died of a stroke and complications from her fourth brain tumor — previous tumors were diagnosed in 1969 and 1981. … Read More
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