Irlene Mandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is the youngest sister of the world famous country trio, The Mandrell Sisters. Irlene and her sisters come from a musical family. She began playing the drums professionally when she was eleven. Irlene is a Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars inductee. She has received many awards including two comedy acts of the year awards from Music City News.
Though music has always been the Mandrell Sister’s mainstay, other entertainment forums appealed to Irlene. Irlene has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career as an actress, model and performer. Her first television series, Barbara Mandrell and The Mandrell Sisters aired on NBC and also in the UK. The show featured good-humored interplay between Irlene and her sisters. After the series ended, Irlene sought opportunities in film, television and video. Irlene’s television credits include a guest appearance on The Love Boat and appearances on a variety of game shows and talk shows including Hollywood Squares, The Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show,. Bright Lights & Country Nights, This Week in Country Music, Oprah and many others. Irlene starred in the country variety series Hee Haw for its last eight years.
In addition to her many stage and television appearances, Irlene has enjoyed great success as a spokesperson. She has pitched products to millions of American homes; these products include Swift Premium Brown & Serve, Lanne Skin Care products, Smith and Wesson firearms, Lea Furniture, Realtree Accents, Shedd Spread Country Crock Margarine, ChoiceDek, Cover Girl shoes & 9West shoes,Harmony Guitars, and a spokes person along with G Gordon Liddy for Natures youth.
She had an annual Celebrity Shoot, The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, that benefited Wish Upon A Star and of Scouts of America which ran fourteen years. She also supports Easter Seals, Special Olympics, American Heart Association and many other charities. She has done several TV segments for Tennessee’s Wildside which was titled “Irlene Mandrell Straight Shooter” for the Outdoor Channel and Public Television.
Irlene has been an accomplished hunter for several years. She has hunted North America, Mexico, South America and Africa. Closely associated with SCI., she has served at the Sportsman Against Hunger banquet many years and is a Life Member. If Irlene endorses a product, you can be assured she believes in the product as well as uses it.
Currently, Irlene has been performing with her children. Her daughters, Vanessa and Christina are both gifted singers, dancers and actresses. Her son, Deric is a very talented drummer. Even though Deric is now living in PA because of a very successful business, he still finds time to perform with his family on occasions.