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Irlene Mandrell was born in Corpus Christie, Texas, and is the youngest member of the world famous country trio, The Mandrell Sisters. Irlene and her sisters come from a musical family: her father, Irby, sang and played guitar and her mother, Mary, played piano and taught music. Irlene's sisters, Barbara and Louise, both sing and play a multitude of musical instruments. Irlene began playing the drums at a young age and has learned to play many instruments for a variety of live performances including the vibes and autoharp. Irlene is a Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars inductee and is the recipient of many other awards and accolades. Irlene has worked in the entertainment and modeling industries both with and without her sisters to the delight of millions of fans. Incredibly talented and with cover-model looks, Irlene Mandrell has secured her place in the entertainment world.

Though music has always been the Mandrell Sisters’ mainstay, other entertainment forums have appealed to Irlene. She has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career as an actress, model, and performer. Her first television series, Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters, ran from 1980-1982 on NBC and also aired in the UK. The show featured good-humored interplay between Irlene and her sisters. Irlene’s additional television credits include a guest appearance on The Love Boat and appearances on a variety of talk shows and game shows including Oprah, The Tonight Show, Hollywood Squares, The Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus, The Mike Douglas Show, Bright Lights & Country Nights, This Week in Country Music and many others. Irlene starred in the country variety series, Hee Haw for eight seasons. Irlene’s most recent television projects include the television pilot, Life Of Riley, a sitcom that gives insight to life backstage at a theater and a regular segment For Tennessee’s Wild Side titled “Irlene Mandrell: Straight Shooter” that airs on The Outdoor Channel and various public television channels.

Irlene spent many years on the road performing with her sisters in live shows. She has crisscrossed the United States, toured Europe and been as far as Australia to sing and perform. In addition to her many stage and television appearances, Irlene has enjoyed great success as a model and spokesperson. She has pitched products to millions of homes, including Swift Premium Brown & Serve, Lanne Skin Care products, Glock firearms, Lea Furniture, Real Tree Accents, and Shedd's Spread. Irlene was also a spokesmodel for CoverGirl shoes and 9 West. Currently she is the national spokesperson for ChoiceDek and does a considerable amount of personal appearances for Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Always looking for new challenges, Irlene has been a professional racecar driver and even has her own Legends Car Team, Catalyst Racing. Irlene also serves as the Chairman of the Board of IMCS, Inc. , a non-profit company that produces events like The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot to raise money for charities such as Wish Upon A Star, Inc. The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot is currently in its 8th year. Irlene has also supported Easter Seals, The Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Special Olympics, American Heart Association & The Humane Society. She is on the national advisory board of Mothers Arms.

Actress. Singer. Dancer. Comedienne. Percussionist. Sportswoman. Racecar Driver. Competitive Shooter. Spokesmodel. Irlene Mandrell is many things, spanning the spectrum from patriotic country girl to glamorous celebrity. A working wife and mother that just happens to be a well rounded and gifted entertainer, Irlene is someone that you could feel comfortable with around your own kitchen table. Irlene spends her spare time with her children, Deric, Vanessa, and Christina. Irlene Mandrell’s charm is certainly universal and enduring, she has the poise and grace of a superstar as well as the ability to work within any crowd. Irlene Mandrell is uniquely able to fill almost any niche in the entertainment world.

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