Who was David McCallum's ex wife Jill Ireland and what was her cause of death? | The Sun

JILL Ireland and David McCallum were married for ten years before their split in 1967.

The actress had a fruitful acting career but a challenging personal life that included burying one of her children and dealing with cancer.

Who was Jill Ireland?

Jill Ireland was born in London on April 24, 1936.

She was trained as a ballet dancer and first performed professionally when she was 12.

She began her acting career in the 1950s and had small roles in Simon and Laura (1955) and Three Men in a Boat (1956).

In 1957, Ireland married actor David McCallum and moved to Hollywood in 1962.

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Jill got steady work on American television and would co-star with David in five episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E in 1964, 1965 and 1967.

How did David McCallum meet Jill Ireland?

David and Jill met while working on the film Hell Drivers (1957).

After a decade of marriage, the couple announced they had split in 1967.

In a statement, McCallum said of their separation: "Jill and I have maintained a form of separation for some time now, due to the fact that I have been in Europe for the past two months.

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"I think it is prudent that I withhold any further comment on this situation until I have had a chance to  talk to Jill in person on my return to Los Angeles."

It was then reported that the actress had decided to leave McCallum for his Great Escape co-star Charles Bronson, whom she had first met in 1963. 

During a 2017 interview with Daily Record, David reflected on this period in his life, explaining: "I never hated him, Charlie was always a good friend. I find that when problems come along, worrying about them and getting anxious and negative is quite unnecessary.

"You can solve them, usually amicably. That's what happened."

Jill and Charles went on to have a daughter Zuleika, and adopted a daughter, Katrina.

They remained married until her death in 1990.

Did David McCallum and Jill Ireland have any children?

During their ten-year marriage, David and Jill became parents to three sons: Paul, Valentine and Jason.

Jason sadly died of a drug overdose in 1989.

What was Jill Ireland's cause of death?

In 1990, Jill died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984 and was told by doctors that she was given two to three years to live in 1989.



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“I don’t want to die,” she said at the time of receiving the bad news. “It’s not an OK thing. Not right now. We all die one day, but I am not in the mood to do it yet.”

Jill was cremated and her ashes were placed in a cane which Charles had buried with when he died in 2003.

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