|IRISH McCALLA - THE FINAL
Page 3: Those Three Husbands
|PATRICK HORGAN - 1958 to 1966|
|It is also worth noting that during this period of time (1958 to 1966) Irish appeared in five feature films (see the Films pages), made guest appearances on three television programs and travelled widely to promote Sheena, including a trip to Australia and Japan (see Page 4: Irish on Tour in the Personal Appearances section). Irish and Horgan were obviously frequently separated, especially during the early days of their relationship when Irish was busy promoting Sheena. This isn't unusual for a couple who are both involved in the entertainment industry, but is interesting in light of the evidence that the marriage was largely over by 1962. In an interview Irish said that she and Horgan were always apart when they were first married, which contributed to her desire to quit the entertainment business. "I thought, 'Well, this is no way to have a marriage.' So I quit the business. If I'd stayed in it we'd probably still be married, because we got along fine as long as we were apart!" (Scarlet Street) It is interesting to compare this comment with the similar comment made by Irish about Patrick McIntyre above. I don't think this suggests that Irish was being flippant about her ex-husbands, nor do I think it is evidence that she was difficult to get along with. I think Irish was merely using a tried and tested gag for humorous effect during the interview, in the same way that most people frequently rely on stock phrases during conversations.|
Horgan also appeared in numerous popular television series during the 1960s
and early-70s: Daniel
Boone (1964-70); Twelve
O'clock High (1964-67); The
Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1966-67); Mission
Impossible (1966-73); Green
Acres (1965-71); Star
Trek (1966-69) (right); and Bewitched
(1964-72). He also had two long stints in TV daytime soap operas.
He is probably best-known for his portrayal of DR John Morrison
from 1970 to 1974 in the long-running series, The
Doctors (1963-82). He also played Ansell Scott on The
Edge of Night (1975-84) from 1976 to 1977 (Wikipedia &
IMDb). Horgan also appeared on Broadway, but it should be acknowledged
that he was mostly an understudy. In 1965 he appeared as Captain Gregg
in Baker Street,
an original Broadway musical about Sherlock Holmes. In 1975 he got
a chance to play Holmes himself when he substituted as an understudy for
John Wood, the lead in Sherlock Holmes
(1974-76). He was also understudy for the role of Henry Higgins
in My Fair Lady
(1976-77). Horgan has also appeared in several feature films, most
notably in the 1968 heist classic, The
Thomas Crown Affair, with Steve McQueen. He also
provided the voice of the narrator in Woody Allen's Zelig
(1983). Allen also cast Horgan as Kensington Guest in his 2001
noir spoof, The
Curse of the Jade Scorpion (Wikipedia & IMDb).
The choice of Patrick Horgan as the narrator in Zelig is not surprising, for he was endowed with a rich reading voice and throughout his career recorded more than 500 books, including the entire Sherlock Holmes canon. His other fascination was James Joyce and is well-respected in recorded book circles for being the first actor to produce a recording of Joyce's challenging work, Finnegan's Wake. Patrick Horgan was also an author who wrote (and recorded) an autobiographical tale about discovering that Sir Arthur Conan Doyles' murder of Sherlock Holmes was an elaborate hoax - The Detection of Sherlock Holmes (Amazon.com).
|According to the Internet Movie Database, 77-year-old Patrick Horgan was still living in late 2006.|
|CHUCK ROWLAND - 1982 to 1989|
1982 Irish married her third husband, Chuck Rowland, who was a national
sales manager for an auto glass firm. Black and Feret report that
Rowland had been an Irish McCalla admirer long before he met her, as
an Irish pin-up had been his favourite companion when he was in service
during the Korean War. "He never imagined in his wildest dreams
that one day he would marry his dream girl." They rhapsodise.
As mentioned on the Page 2: The Celebrity Circuit - Again, the couple soon moved to the peaceful surroundings of a timbered property on the outskirts of Prescott, Arizona, the town Irish lived in for the rest of her life. Chuck was several years younger than Irish and he was always amazed at her high energy levels, as she had many varied pursuits and she would throw herself completely into all of them. As a consequence he dubbed her "Miss Perpetual Motion". Black and Feret added that she would also answer to "Miss Motor Mouth", a term she coined herself.
Chuck was with Irish when she faced some very serious health problems during the 1980s, which are documented on the previous page. They separated in 1989 but remained extremely close friends and continued to see each other often. He was responsible for her becoming involved in the real estate business in Prescott, also documented on the previous page (Black & Feret).
Irish frequently published a newsletter for fans. Here is an excerpt from the one she sent out in the fall of 1993: "I'm still getting body strength by hauling up broken limbs for Kim to saw into firewood, shoveling rock from the gully to the easement road, raking pine needles and cones into the wheelbarrow and dumping them in 'Chuck's damn ditch.'" Not only does this passage give an idea of why Chuck called her Miss Perpetual Motion, but it gives a slightly humourous insight into their relationship. They had obviously clashed about Chuck's plan to install a gully somewhere on the property, and Irish harboured some mild resentments about being stuck with it after he left and was trying to fill it in with pine cones and needles (Black). The mid-90s photo of Irish wearing one of her "old Hollywood dresses" (above) was taken on the porch of the cabin near Prescott, Arizona where she and Chuck lived for seven years. Irish was in her mid-60s and it is clear that she still retained the curvaceous figure that had made her famous.
her Fall 1993 Newsletter Irish mentions visiting Malibu for several days
to visit her old friend Carol Bretonne (right), who ran the Tidepool
Gift Shop there. Carole organised a party so that Irish could get
together with some of her old friends. She also said that while in
Malibu "I also saw my new special friend - and NO I'm not going into
detail on that." The following year in an interview with Prevue
magazine Irish disclosed that she had a younger boyfriend. She said
that it originally concerned her a little but eventually learned not to
worry about what other people thought of her. Bill Black wrote
that during his regular telephone conversations with Irish over the years
she would sometimes mention her boy friend. He said that he got the
impression that the men in her life would come and go. "Ironic,
that one of the most beautiful women of our time never found Mr Right."
Irish told Black and Feret while working on her biography that when she was young she only went with men who were "smashingly handsome, tall and athletic". As she grew more mature in her tastes she didn't worry so much how they looked but became more concerned about whether they were kind, interesting, friendly and whether they had a good sense of humour. Irish also once said that it took her three marriages to work out what her son Sean seemed to know instinctively: that neither of them were the marrying kind. "I like to come and go as I please," she said, "and I'm very happy when I'm alone' (Prevue)
TV Radio Mirror magazine, Jul 56
Prevue Pin Up Special 2 magazine, Aug-Oct 94
Tease magazine No. 3, 1995
Wikipedia online encyclopedia
Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
TV's Original Sheena - Irish McCalla by Bill Black & Bill Feret, Paragon Publications 1992
Scarlet Street magazine No. 23, 1996
Irish of the Jungle magazine, written and edited by Bill Black, Paragon Publications 2003
Amazon.com website reviews on books and recorded books
The photo of Pat McIntyre holding Kim and Irish holding Sean was kindly donated by Frank Bonilla
The photo of Pat McIntyre and Irish with Kim and Sean and the photo of Irish with her grown sons were both donated by Kim McIntyre. Thanks a million for sharing these very personal photos with us, Kim.
The photo of Patrick Horgan was pilfered from one of the fan pages for The Edge of Night
The Star Trek collectors' card featuring Patrick Horgan as Eneg in the episode Patterns of Force (1968) was pilfered from an eBay auction item
The photo of Carole Bretonne and her dog Betsy was pilfered from the 26 Oct 2006 issue of Malibu Surfside News
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