|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 2002|
Irish McCalla, (Nellie Elizabeth McCalla), Daughter of Floyd & Nellie (Geiger) McCalla, the voluptuous actress best remembered for bringing the comic book Tarzan-like heroine "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" to television in the 1950s, has died. She was 73. McCalla, who became an artist in her later years, (she painted over 1000 paintings and 8 collector plates), died Feb. 1 in a Tucson, Arizona, nursing home of complications following a stroke and her fourth brain tumor."Sheena," the unusual action series about a female superhero in an era when women were expected to raise children and bake cookies, ran 26 episodes in 1956. But that TV series, shot in the Mexican jungle and far more successful than a 1984 motion picture remake, has been so replayed around the world that McCalla remained popular at superhero conventions until her death. At the peak of her Sheena popularity, McCalla went through the first of two divorces. Married to insurance man Patrick H. McIntyre in 1951, she sought divorce in 1957, claiming he scolded her for failing to be the high-living consort her screen image might imply. McCalla is survived by two sons, Kim and Sean McIntyre; two brothers; three sisters; and two granddaughters.
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Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Pima County, Arizona
Created by: Bree
Record added: Feb 11, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6171584