Jacqueline Scott

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Jacqueline Scott
Jacqueline Scott in Bat Masterson (cropped).jpg
Jacqueline Scott in Bat Masterson (1959).
Born(1931-06-25)June 25, 1931
DiedJuly 23, 2020(2020-07-23) (aged 89)
Years active1956–2009
Gene Lesser
(m. 1958)

Jacqueline Sue Scott (June 25, 1931 – July 23, 2020) was an American actress who appeared on Broadway and in several films, but mostly guest starred in more than 100 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.[citation needed]


The daughter of John and Maxine Scott,[1] she was born in Sikeston, Missouri and 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[citation needed] before settling down in Neosho, Missouri, where she graduated from Neosho High School in 1949.[2] She then went to New York and attended Hunter College.[3]

At age three, she won a tap dancing contest,[citation needed] which led her to pursue a show business career. Her initial experience on stage came when she traveled with a tent show in Missouri.[3] 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. There she studied with Uta Hagen.[citation needed] On Broadway she portrayed Susan Dennison in The Wooden Dish (1955) and Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind (1955).[4]

Scott made her motion picture debut in William Castle's Macabre (1958). During production of Macabre in 1957, she met Gene Lesser, and they were married a few months later.[5]

She started her career in television by playing opposite such stars as Helen Hayes on live television. Between 1958 and 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.[6] Among other roles, in Have Gun - Will Travel, she played Stacy Neal (Season 2, Episode 16,The Wager). She also appeared as James Stewart's character's wife in the theatrical film Firecreek (1968) with Henry Fonda.

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.[citation needed] }

Scott died on July 23, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles from lung cancer.[7] Upon her passing, she was cremated and her ashes returned to her family.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Appearing In Summer Theatre". The Daily Standard. Missouri, Sikeston. July 30, 1953. p. 3. Retrieved 23 August 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Former Neosho Girl To Appear In First Broadway Show". The Neosho Daily News. Missouri, Neosho. August 26, 1955. p. 3. Retrieved 23 August 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Tent Show Gave Jacqueline Her Start at Tender Age". Press and Sun-Bulletin. New York, Binghamton. January 4, 1960. p. 10. Retrieved 23 August 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Jacqueline Scott". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ "The Williamsburg Film Festival 2008". The Thunder Child. March 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Jacqueline Scott, Actress in 'The Fugitive' and 'Charley Varrick,' Dies at 89". Retrieved July 28, 2020.


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