Irish McCalla

American film and television actress Irish McCalla

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.
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  • 2002
    Age 73
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 67
    She made personal appearances at autograph conventions, appearing as late as 1996 in a faux-leopard Sheena costume.
  • 1982
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 28
    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.
  • 1955
    Age 26
    Her 26-episode series aired in first-run syndication from 1955-56.
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  • 1952
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 22
    In 1951, she married insurance salesman Patrick McIntyre, with whom she had two sons.
  • 1928
    Born on December 25, 1928.
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