Jill Ireland was an English actress and singer who had acted in several movies including “Simon and Laura”, “The Big Money”, “Three Men in a Boat”, “Hell Drivers”, and “Assassination”. Jill portrayed the role of Marian Starrett in the American Western television series “Shane” in 1966 for 17 episodes. Her final film appearance was in the 1987 picture “Caught,” in which she played Janet Devon.
What is Jill Ireland famous for?
- Famous as an English actress and singer
Jill Ireland Death/Death Date/Cause of Death
Jill Ireland died on 18 May 1990 at her home in Malibu, California, United States. She was in her mid-50s at the time of her death. She died of breast cancer from which she got diagnosed back in 1984.
When her second husband, Charles Bronson died in 2003, she was cremated and her ashes were placed in a cane that he had buried with him in Brownsville Cemetery.
Where is Jill Ireland from?
Jill Ireland was born on 24 April 1936 in London, England. Her birth name was Jill Dorothy Ireland. She held an English nationality. Her ethnicity was White Caucasian while Tauras was her zodiac sign.
She was born as the daughter of a wine importer. She was raised in her hometown, London where she completed her schooling. Since her childhood, she was interested in acting and she participated in several school theatre shows.
Jill Ireland’s Career: Highlights
- Jill Ireland started her professional acting career in the mid-1950s with small roles in films such as “Simon and Laura”, “The Woman for Joe”, “The Big Money”, and “Three Men in a Boat”.
- In 1957, she portrayed Jill in the British film “Hell Drivers” on the set of which she met her future husband, David McCallum.
- She along with David made their appearances in several TV shows including “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”, “The Tigers Are Coming Affair”, and “The Five Daughters Affair”.
- She played the role of Anna in the British film “So Evil, So Young” in 1961.
- She got her career breakthrough in 1966 after she played the role of Marian Starrett in the American western television series “Shane”.
- Jill continued her acting career by appearing in several films and series including “Rider on the Rain”, “Cold Sweat”, “Someone Behind the Door”, “The Third Man”, “My Favorite Man”, and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”.
- She appeared as Ann Wagner in the 1975 action film “Breakout”. The same year, she portrayed Marica in “Breakheart Pass”.
- She then made her guest appearances in several TV shows and series including “Star Trek”, “Mannix”, “Daniel Boone”, and “Night Gallery”.
- In the year 1979, she starred as Jackie Pruit in the action crime film “Love and Bullets” alongside her second husband, Charles Bronson.
- She appeared as Geri Nichols in the American action film “Death Wish II” in 1982.
- She also played the role of Charla in the Television film “The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything” in 1980.
- In the year 1987, she portrayed the role of Lara Royce Craig in the 1987 American action thriller film “Assassination”.
- Her final film appearance was in the 1987 picture “Caught,” in which she played Janet Devon.
Jill Ireland Husband/Children
Jill Ireland was a married woman. At the time of her death, she was married to her second husband, Charles Bronson. Bronson was an American actor who was most recognized for his role as Captain Jack in the CinemaScope Western film.
Jill first encountered Bronson while he and her then-husband, David, were filming “The Great Escape” in 1963. Later, the couple got married in 1968. The couple had collaborated in 15 films. The couple was blessed with their daughters, Zuleika and Katrina Holden Bronson(adopted). Katrina is an American film director, screenwriter, and actress.
Previously, she was married to David McCallum. David is a Scottish actor and musician. The couple met each other while working on the film “Hell Drivers”. Later, they tied the knot in 1957.
The couple was blessed with three sons; Paul, Valentine, and Jason(adopted). In 1989, six months before Jill’s death, Jason died of a heroin overdose. The couple got divorced in 1967.
Ireland got diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984, following which, she wrote two books; “Life Wish: a Personal Story of Survival”, and “Lifeline: My fight to Save My Family” detailing her battle with the disease.
Also, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to the film industry.
The American actress, Jill Clayburgh portrayed Ireland in the made-for-television film “Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story” in 1991, which told of her later years, including her battle with breast cancer. Clayburgh was appreciated a lot for her performance in the film.
Jill Ireland Net Worth
Jill Ireland had quite good earnings from her professional career as an English actress and singer. Having her career started in the mid-1950s, Jill came a long way becoming one of the top actresses.
Her source of income surely was her roles in the films including which she has a net worth estimated to be around $10 million while her husband, Charles Bronson had a whooping net worth estimated to be around $65 million.
Jill Ireland Height
Jill Ireland was a gorgeous lady in her mid-50s at the time of her death. She had a height of 5ft 6 inches(1.7m) while her body weight was around 65kg. She had a fair complexion with blonde hair and black eyes.