Jacqueline Scott

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Jacqueline Sue Scott
Jacqueline Scott in trailer for Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
Born (1932-01-01) January 1, 1932 (age 85)
Sikeston, Scott County
Missouri, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1956–present
Spouse(s) Gene Lesser (m. 1958)
Children 2

Jacqueline Sue Scott (born January 1, 1932) is an American actress who has appeared in several films and guest starred in more than one hundred television programs. A TV Guide article once referred to her as "The Youngest Old-Timer in the Business," because she played opposite most of the leading men of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.


Scott was born in Sikeston in Scott County in southeastern Missouri. She spent a good part of her childhood moving from town to town following her father, who worked for the state purchasing right-of-way for roads. She attended 15 grade schools before settling down in Neosho, Missouri, to attend high school there.

At age three, she won a tap dancing contest, which led her to pursue a show business career. As training, she saw every movie she could, learning how to mouth the actors' lines. Eventually she moved to St. Louis, where she worked for a small theatre company, and soon afterwards left for New York City to begin her career in earnest. There she studied with Uta Hagen. Her first major role on Broadway was as the ingenue lead in The Wooden Dish, which starred Louis Calhern. This was followed by the ingenue lead in Inherit the Wind, which starred Paul Muni.

Scott made her motion picture debut in William Castle's Macabre (1958), famous for the promotional gimmicks employed by Castle. During production of Macabre in 1957 she met Gene Lesser and they were married a few months later.[1]

She started her career in television by playing opposite such stars as Helen Hayes on live television. Between 1958–1960 Scott made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: Amelia Armitage in "The Case of the Daring Decoy" (1958), Sally Wilson in "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish" (1959), and Kathi Beecher in "The Case of the Violent Village" (1960). In the television series The Fugitive, Scott played the sister of Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) in four episodes telecast between 1964 and 1967, including the two-part finale that at the time became the highest-rated program in television history.[2] In "Have Gun -Will Travel" (Season 2, Episode 16,The Wager), she played Stacy Neal.

In July 2007, Scott was among celebrities at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. Others in attendance were Lynn Borden, Brett Halsey, Rick Lenz, Betty Lynn, Joyce Meadows, and Lana Wood.[3]

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  1. ^ "The Williamsburg Film Festival 2008". The Thunder Child. March 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  2. ^ Etter, Jonathan (2003). Quinn Martin, Producer: A Behind-the-Scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder. McFarland. pp. 37–38; 44. ISBN 978-1-4766-0506-7. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Jacqueline Scott". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Herzberg, Bob (2013). Hang 'Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature. McFarland. pp. 166; 170; 183. ISBN 978-0-7864-6838-6. 
  5. ^ a b Noonan, Bonnie (2015). Gender in Science Fiction Films, 1964–1979: A Critical Study. McFarland. pp. 18–19; 138. ISBN 978-0-7864-5974-2. 
  6. ^ Stanyard, Stewart (2007). Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television's Groundbreaking Series. ECW Press. pp. 246–248. ISBN 978-1-55022-744-4. 

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