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Date Of BirthApril 24, 1936
DiedMay 18, 1990, Malibu, California, United States
SpouseCharles Bronson, David McCallum
FactBoth of her husbands, David McCallum and Charles Bronson, were stars of The Great Escape (1963).

Jill Ireland (born April 24, 1936) was a British actress and writer. She was best known for her work in the James Bond film series and for her marriage to actor Charles Bronson.

Early Life

Ireland was born in London, the daughter of an English father and an Irish mother. She was educated at a convent school in London and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Ireland began her career as a model before moving into acting. She appeared in a number of British films in the 1950s, including The Cruel Sea (1953) and The Black Knight (1954). In 1957, she had a small role in the film noir classic Odd Man Out.

Ireland’s first major role came in the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), in which she played Bond girl Kara Milovy. She later appeared in two more Bond films, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).

In 1968, Ireland married actor Charles Bronson. The couple appeared together in a number of films, including The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).

Ireland wrote two memoirs about her life with Bronson, Life with Charlie (1987) and Love Is a Four Letter Word (1989).

Later Life and Death

In the 1990s, Ireland retired from acting and moved to Idaho with her third husband, David McCallum. She died of cancer in Los Angeles on May 18, 1990, at the age of 54.

General Info

Full NameJill Ireland
Date Of BirthApril 24, 1936
DiedMay 18, 1990, Malibu, California, United States
Place Of BirthLondon, United Kingdom
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor, Author, Singer, Film producer, Dancer


SpouseCharles Bronson, David McCallum
ChildrenZuleika Bronson, Katrina Holden Bronson, Val McCallum, Paul McCallum, Jason McCallum
ParentsDorothy Ireland, Jack Ireland
SiblingsJohn Ireland


MoviesHard Times, The Mechanic, Death Wish II, Breakheart Pass, From Noon till Three, Breakout, Rider on the Rain, Cold Sweat, Love and Bullets, Final Shot, The Valachi Papers, Chino, Someone Behind the Door, Villa Rides, Hell Drivers, Assassination, Oh... Rosalinda!!, So Evil, So Young, Jungle Street, Th...
TV ShowsShane

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1I'm a fighter and not a victim. Think of yourself and make the most of life.
2I'm in so many Charles Bronson films because no other actress will work with him.


1Originally trained and began her career as a dancer.
2Best remembered for her role as Leila Kalomi in the first season episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967).
3Following her untimely death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
4She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 6751 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 20, 1989.
5Ex-daughter-in-law of David McCallum Sr..
6She was a celebrity spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.
7Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984, thereupon undergoing a mastectomy.
8Both of her husbands, David McCallum and Charles Bronson, were stars of The Great Escape (1963).
9She had one daughter with Charles Bronson: Zuleika Bronson (b. August 4, 1971).
10She had two sons with David McCallum: Valentine McCallum and Paul McCallum.
11She had an adopted son with David McCallum: Jason David McCallum (born 1963). He died of an accidental drug overdose in 1989.




From Noon Till Three1976Amanda
Breakheart Pass1975Marica
Hard Times1975Lucy Simpson
Breakout1975Ann Wagner
The Mechanic1972The Girl
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesAnn Loring (segment "The Ghost of Sorworth Place")
The Valachi Papers1972Maria Reina Valachi
Someone Behind the Door1971Frances Jeffries
Cold Sweat1970Moira
The Family1970Vanessa Shelton
Rider on the Rain1970Nicole
Lola1970Girl at airport (uncredited)
Daniel Boone1969TV SeriesAngela
Mannix1968TV SeriesEllen Kovak
Villa Rides1968Girl in Restaurant
The Karate Killers1967Imogen Smythe
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964-1967TV SeriesImogen Smythe / Marion Raven / Suzanne de Serre
Star Trek1967TV SeriesLeila Kalomi
Shane1966TV SeriesMarian Starett / Marian Starrett
12 O'Clock High1965-1966TV SeriesSara Blodgett / Alyce Carpenter
The Wackiest Ship in the Army1966TV Series
My Favorite Martian1965TV SeriesZelda
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesJulie
The Third Man1964TV SeriesJulia
Ben Casey1964TV SeriesJulie Carr
Richard the Lionheart1963TV SeriesMarianne
The Battleaxe1962Audrey Page
Twice Round the Daffodils1962Janet
The Cheaters1962TV SeriesAlice
Ghost Squad1961TV SeriesAnna
Kraft Mystery Theater1961TV Series
Armchair Theatre1961TV SeriesSibyl Vane
So Evil, So Young1961Ann
Girls of the Latin Quarter1960Jill
Jungle Street Girls1960Sue
The Voodoo Factor1959TV SeriesRenee
The Desperate Man1959Carol Bourne
The Ghost Train Murder1959ShortSally Burton
Carry on Nurse1959Jill Thompson
The Big Money1958Doreen Firth
Robbery Under Arms1957Jean Morrison
Hell Drivers1957Jill
There's Always a Thursday1957Jennifer Potter
Three Men in a Boat1956Bluebell Porterhouse
Simon and Laura1955Burton's Receptionist
Oh... Rosalinda!!1955Lady
The Woman for Joe1955Bit Part (uncredited)
No Love for Judy1955The Other Woman
Caught1987Janet Devon
Assassination1987Lara Royce Craig
Death Wish II1982Geri Nichols
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything1980TV MovieCharla O'Rourke
Love and Bullets1979Jackie Pruit


Murphy's Law1986co-producer
The Evil That Men Do1984associate producer


Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story1991TV Movie book "Life Lines"


From Noon Till Three1976performer: "Hello and Goodbye"


By Dawn's Early Light2000TV Movie assistant chef


1 a Minute2010Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer


Today1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood on Horses1989Video documentaryHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Present a Salute to Liza Minnelli1987TV MovieHerself
The 16th Annual Shelby Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
La nuit des Césars1984TV Series documentaryHerself
Real Heroes1981ShortHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHerself - (uncredit)
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
V.I.P.-Schaukel1971TV Series documentaryHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1960TV SeriesHerself - Panellist

Archive Footage

Donny B: The Original King of Daytime2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century2004Video shortLeila Kalomi
Reflections on Spock2004Video shortLeila Kalomi
A Trip Down Memory Lane1965Short documentaryHerself - Judge: Miss World Pageant


Won Awards

1989Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on June 20, 1989 at 6751 Hollywood Blvd.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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