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March 21, 2022

35 Fabulous Photos of Irish McCalla in the 1950s

Born 1928 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, American actress and artist Irish McCalla was best known as the title star of the 1950s television series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. She co-starred with actor Chris Drake. Following the one-season Sheena, she appeared in five films from 1958 to 1962, and guest roles on the TV series Have Gun — Will Travel and Route 66.

McCalla was already a popular pinup model by 1952, when several other models and she appeared in the film River Goddesses, comprising voluptuous young women frolicking in Glen Canyon. She was also a “Vargas Girl” model for pin-up girl artist Alberto Vargas.

As an artist, McCalla drew numerous oil paintings and collector plates, and sold prints of her work. She was a member of Woman Artists of the American West, and her work has been displayed at the Los Angeles Museum of Arts and Sciences.

At age 73 in 2002, McCalla died of a stroke and complications from her fourth brain tumor. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1722 Vine Street. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Irish McCalla in the 1950s.




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