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.


The daughter of John and Maxine Scott,[1] she settled 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]

Her initial experience on stage came when she traveled with a tent show in Missouri.[3] On Broadway she portrayed Susan Dennison in The Wooden Dish (1955) and Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind (1955–57).[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 five episodes telecast between 1964 and 1967, including the two-part finale that at the time became the highest-rated program in television history.[6] Amongst her film roles, Scott played James Stewart's character's wife in the theatrical film Firecreek (1968), and the ill-fated outlaw wife of Walter Matthau in Charley Varrick (1973).


Scott died on July 23, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles from lung cancer, just weeks after her husband of 63 years, actor Gene Lesser, died on June 23.[7]



  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. ^ Barnes, Mike (28 July 2020). "Jacqueline Scott, Actress in 'The Fugitive' and 'Charley Varrick,' Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 28, 2020.


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