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Popped Clog Extra: Jill Ireland

Charles Bronson, craggy gunslinger, has followed his long-mourned first wife, Jill Ireland, into the grave. Maybe not the same grave, but one nearby. Probably.

2 September 2003

Further to our Popped Clog of Charles Bronson - this, from www.rediff.com:

"Bronson remarried in 1998, but people close to him said he never overcame the loss of Jill Ireland."

You remember Jill:

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Jill Ireland, who died in 1990, doesn't have the world's greatest web presence (although this tribute site has lots of nice photos).

What's interesting about Ireland is that you can see her memory being boiled down through time. Already, it is kind of forgotten that she used to be married to David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin) and that their adopted son Jason died from drug abuse:

In the chapel, Paul McCallum, 31, had given the eulogy for the little brother who used to stroke his head when he had a migraine -- and once ate his pet caterpillar.

Roughly speaking, three things (if any) are remembered about Jill Ireland:

1) She was a babe. So you can still find sites that promise naked pics of her:

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2) She had cancer. She served as chairperson of the National Cancer Society and was awarded the Medal of Courage by President Reagan.

3) She was married to Charles Bronson.

And now that Bronson is dead, 3) is going to start fading faster than it already is. 2) is already on the wane - there are always famous people, beautiful people, succumbing to cancer and writing books about the battle. Which leaves 1) - the fact that she was a looker. It seems likely that she'll survive as a nude celebrity longer than anything else. Her nudity is her legacy. Which is kind of sad, but then again -

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- what can you do?

Makes you wonder if Marie Curie had got her knickers off for the cameras once in a while we'd still remember all the other stuff.

Footnote:

were I a writer, and dead, how I would love it if my life, through the pains of some friendly and detached biographer, were to reduce itself to a few details, a few preferences, a few inflections, let us say: to 'biographemes'

- Roland Barthes, preface to Sade, Fourier, Loyola



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