Anne Jackson

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Anne Jackson
Jackson in 1968
Born(1925-09-03)September 3, 1925
DiedApril 12, 2016(2016-04-12) (aged 90)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materActors Studio
Years active1945–2008
(m. 1948; died 2014)

Anne Jackson (September 3, 1925 – April 12, 2016)[1][2][3][4] was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. She was the wife of actor Eli Wallach, with whom she often co-starred. In 1956, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night.[5] In 1963, she won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in two Off-Broadway plays, The Typists and The Tiger.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Jackson was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania in 1925,[1] the daughter of Stella Germaine (née Murray) and John Ivan Jackson, a barber.[citation needed] She was the youngest of three daughters, after Catherine, eight years older, and Beatrice, three years older.[7] Her year of birth had been misreported for years as 1926, the year Jackson gave in a 1962 interview.[7] Jackson's mother was of Irish Catholic descent and her father, whose original name was Ivan Jakšeković, had emigrated from Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary) in 1918.[1][7][8] Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was eight years old. She attended Franklin K. Lane High School.[8] In New York, Jackson trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio. She made her Broadway debut in 1945. Her theater credits included Summer and Smoke, Arms and the Man, Luv, The Waltz of the Toreadors, Mr. Peters' Connections and Lost in Yonkers.[3]

Jackson's screen credits include The Tiger Makes Out, The Secret Life of an American Wife, How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life, Lovers and Other Strangers, Dirty Dingus Magee, Folks!, and The Shining. Her many television appearances include Armstrong Circle Theatre, Academy Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, The Untouchables, The Defenders, multiple appearances, as different, similar, characters on Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., Rhoda, The Facts of Life, Highway to Heaven, Law & Order, and ER. She narrated Stellaluna on an episode of the PBS series Reading Rainbow.[citation needed]

In March 2017, the Harry Ransom Center announced the acquisition of Anne Jackson's archive along with her husband's. It opened for research in 2018.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson and her husband Eli Wallach in 2010

Jackson was married to actor Eli Wallach, with whom she acted frequently, from March 5, 1948, until his death on June 24, 2014. They had three children, Peter, Katherine, and Roberta.[1] Her marriage to Wallach was one of the longest and most successful in the industry. She later taught at the HB Studio[10] in Manhattan, and continued to act in cameo roles.[1]


Jackson died at her home in Manhattan on April 12, 2016, aged 90.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1950 So Young So Bad Jackie Boone
1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre Lena TV series
1952 Lux Video Theatre Sara TV series
1952–1953 The Doctor Mary / Agatha Bunnerman TV series
1953–1954 The Philco Television Playhouse Daughter TV series
1955 Studio One Fredda Walters / Mattie Hobbs TV series
1956–1962 General Electric Theater Jenny Dutton TV series
1959 The Journey Margie Rhinelander
1960 Play of the Week Eadie Horton TV series
1960 Lullaby Eadie Horton
1960 Tall Story Myra Sullivan
1962 The Untouchables Edna Gordon TV series
1964 The Defenders Sally Brandt TV series
1967 The Tiger Makes Out Gloria Fiske
1967 CBS Playhouse Vivian Spears TV series
1968 How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life Muriel Laszlo
1968 The Secret Life of an American Wife Victoria Layton
1970 Zig Zag Jean Cameron
1970 The Angel Levine Customer in Delicatessen cameo
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Kathy
1970 Dirty Dingus Magee Belle Nops
1971 The Typists Sylvia Payton
1972 Gunsmoke Phoebe Preston TV series
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Alicia Blair TV series
1973 Sticks and Bones Harriet
1974 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Vivienne Carson TV series
1975 Play for Today Helene Hanff TV series
1976 Independence Abigail Adams
1977 Nasty Habits Sister Mildred
1977 Rhoda Bea TV series
1979 The Bell Jar Dr. Nolan
1979 The Family Man Maggie Madden
1980 The Shining Doctor Scenes not in the European cut
1980 A Private Battle Katie Ryan
1980 Blinded by the Light Frances Bowers
1981 Leave 'em Laughing Shirlee
1982 A Woman Called Golda Lou Kaddar
1984 Sam's Son Harriet Orowitz
1985 The Equalizer Mrs. Henrietta Fields TV series
1985 The Facts of Life Gwen TV series
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Mother Nature TV series
1987 Out on a Limb Bella Abzug TV mini-series, 2 episodes
1987 Worlds Beyond Marian Burgess TV series
1987 Highway to Heaven Marge Malloy TV series
1987 Everything's Relative Rae Beeby TV series
1988 Baby M Lorraine Abraham
1990 Funny About Love Adele
1992 Folks! Mildred Aldrich
1997 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women Maman
1997 Law & Order Judge Jane Simons TV series
1999 Man of the Century Margaret Twennies
2000 Something Sweet Grandma
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Pat TV series
2003 ER Mrs. Langston TV series
2008 Vote and Die: Liszt for President Partisan woman
2008 Lucky Days Corkie (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f McFadden, Robert D. (April 13, 2016). "Anne Jackson, Stage Star With Her Husband, Eli Wallach, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016. Note: Some sources give middle name as June.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (April 14, 2016). "Anne Jackson, theater stalwart who teamed onstage with husband Eli Wallach, dies at 90". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Anne Jackson at the Internet Broadway Database; retrieved April 16, 2016. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016.
  4. ^ United States Census records list "Anna Jackson" as 4 years old in 1930 Census Archived 2016-04-25 at the Wayback Machine, enumerated on April 19, 1930, and 14 years old in 1940 Census Archived 2016-04-25 at the Wayback Machine, enumerated on April 6, 1940, putting her birth date between April 1925 and April 1926.
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert (April 13, 2016). "Anne Jackson, Seasoned Stage Actress and Half of Legendary Stage Pair, Dies at 90". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  6. ^ Anne Jackson at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Edit this at Wikidata; retrieved June 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Jackson, Anne, in Ross, Lillian, ed. (1962). "Anne Jackson". The Player: A Profile of an Art. Simon and Schuster. p. 193. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2016. I was born on September 3, 1926, in Millvale, Pennsylvania, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. My father, John Jchekovitch, was born in Croatia, came to America in 1918, at the age of seventeen, and settled in Pittsburgh. He changed his name to John Jackson.
  8. ^ a b Jackson, Anne, in Tallmer, Jerry (October 2006). "Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach: Act II". Thrive NYC. Vol. 1, no. 17. Community Media, LLC. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. I was in school, Franklin K. Lane High School. I was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania [just outside Pittsburgh], and the family moved to Brooklyn when I was 8.
  9. ^ "Papers of Actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson Acquired". Archived from the original on 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  10. ^ "HB Alumni". Archived from the original on 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

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