J. Madison Wright Morris
|J. Madison Wright Morris|
In Earth 2 (1994)
|Born||Jessica Madison Wright
July 29, 1984
|Died||July 21, 2006
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Other names||Madison Wright|
|Spouse(s)||Brent Joseph Morris
(m.July 8–21, 2006; her death)
Jessica Madison Wright Morris (July 29, 1984 – July 21, 2006) was an American actress. Born in Cincinnati, she spent her early years being raised in London, Laurel County, Kentucky. She was best known for her role as Sam Wallace in "Shiloh".
She was born to parents Scott and Melissa, and had a younger sister, Victoria, and two younger brothers, Isaiah and Elijah. Madison's showbiz career started, at aged five, as a child model and she won a summer contract to model in New York. There she experienced her first taste of acting in television commercials. The Wright family relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue Madison's blooming acting career. In 1994, at the age of 9, she made her acting debut in the comedy Grace Under Fire.
A few months later, her big break came when she was cast in the role of ten-year-old True Danziger in the science-fiction show Earth 2 by producers Cleve Landsberg, Chip Masamitsu, Janace Tashjian & Tony To. The show lasted only one season, airing between 1994 and 1995. Madison moved onto other projects, including portraying a sick child in a Emmy-nominated episode of ER, where she played the first child character to die in the show's history. Her other roles included the family film Shiloh alongside her little sister Tori Wright, the science-fiction film The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy, The Burning Zone and the 1998 Disney film Safety Patrol.
Later life and death
By 1999, Madison left her acting career and her family moved back to their home town in Kentucky. After repeated bouts of pneumonia and general ill-health, Madison was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition that required her to receive a heart transplant. After a short wait on the donor waiting list, the then fifteen-year-old Madison received the transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in March 2000. Clancy Brown, the actor who played the father of Madison's character in Earth 2, led an appeal to raise money to cover the Wrights' medical costs.
After a quick recovery, and between concentrating on her school work and enjoying cheerleading in her extracurricular time, Madison gave talks to various groups on the importance of organ donation. After finishing at South Laurel High School, she attended the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, where she studied English and worked to obtain her teaching credentials. Upon graduating from college in summer 2006, Madison planned to begin a job teaching English to tenth grade children at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky.
Just as her academic life flourished, her social life did as well. On July 8, 2006, Madison married Brent Joseph Morris, a University of Kentucky medical student. A day after she returned from her honeymoon in Hawaii, Madison suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she died on July 21, 2006, only eight days shy of her twenty-second birthday. Her funeral was held at Corinth Baptist Church in London, Kentucky, the same church she was married in, and she was buried at A. R. Dyche Memorial Park.
She died just sixteen days after her Shiloh co-star Amzie Strickland, who died on July 5, 2006 at the age of 87.
- Safety Patrol (1998)
- The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998)
- The Burning Zone (1997)
- Shiloh (1996)
- ER (1995)
- The Secretary (1995)
- Earth 2 (1994)
- The Nanny (1994)
- Grace Under Fire (1994)
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