Sunday, March 21, 2010

She Got My Irish Up

In the last post I mentioned Irish McCalla, TV's Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Well, for anyone curious about Irish, or Sheena, this is for you:

Irish (December 25, 1928 – February 1, 2002), real name Nellie Elizabeth McCalla, hit her show biz zenith as Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, a short- lived TV series in the 1950's. Despite the fact that the show only ran one season, 26 episodes, '55- '56, she managed to imprint herself onto the erotic consciousness of every boy who ever saw even one scene of the show, which was, of course, terrible. Except that you got to look at Irish McCalla.

A former Varga (or Vargas) model, she embodied the perfect 1950's ideal of the sex goddess- big breasts, long legs, blonde hair and full lips. What's not to like?

As the '60's took hold, women like Irish began to seem almost cartoon-ish, and even magazines like Playboy began to realize that the feminine ideal was changing.

But at this point, hey- who cares? Here she is as we remember her- the beautiful Irish McCalla.