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 drums professionally when she was eleven. Irlene holds a star on the Country Music Walkway of Stars. 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, 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 with a viewing audience of 40 million. The show featured good-humored interplay between Irlene and her sisters. Irlene’s television credits include guest appearances on The Love Boat and 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 during her acting career as well.
In addition to her many stage and television appearances, Irlene has enjoyed great success as a spokesperson. She has done commercials for Swift Premium Sausage, Ford Trucks, ChoiceDek, Nashville Home Show, Allied Home Medical and Harmony Guitars. She has done many magazine ads including Cover Girl and West Shoes. If Irlene endorses a product, you can be assured she believes in the product as well as uses it.
In her down time, Irlene loves performing with her children. Her daughters, Vanessa and Christina, are gifted singers, dancers and actresses. Her son, Deric is a very talented drummer and singer also. Irlene’s three children demonstrate some of their talent as they sing in various of Irlene’s projects.
January 12, 2023 @ 12:55 pm
My name is Chick in Connecticut. I met you at the Nashville convention center in2015 we took some pictures. It was a grand time I spent most of the time with Lynn Anderson she gave me her latest CD bridges . I gave her a gospel song I was promoting she invited my wife and I to the oprey the next night but we had to catch a plane early ,biggest mistake I could make . All our plans of her listening to my music were washed away.a couple of weeks later she went to heaven