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Jackson in 1963
February 15, 1942 |
Wendell, Idaho, U.S.
Sherry D. Jackson was born in 1942 to Maurita (or Maurite ) Kathleen Gilbert and Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. of Wendell, Idaho. Her mother provided drama, singing, and dancing lessons for Sherry and her two brothers, Curtis L. Jackson Jr. and Gary L. Jackson, beginning in their formative years  after her husband died in 1948,
Maurita moved the family from Wendell to Los Angeles.
By one account Maurita, who had been told while still in Idaho that her children should be in movies, was referred to a theatrical agent by a tour bus driver they met in Los Angeles. According to another, she was referred by the friend of an agent who saw Sherry eating ice cream on the Sunset Strip. Apocryphal perhaps, but within the year Sherry had her first screen test, for Snake Pit with Olivia De Havilland, and by the age of seven appeared in her first feature film, the 1949 musical You're My Everything, which starred Anne Baxter and Dan Dailey.
A romance developed, and in 1952 Pittman married Maurita Jackson in a small ceremony on June 4 in Torrance, California, with Sherry as flower girl and younger brother Gary as ring-bearer; Cochran himself was Pittman's best man. In 1955 Cochran hired Pittman to write his next film, Come Next Spring, the first that Cochran produced himself. Sherry played the part of Cochran's mute daughter Annie Ballot, a role Pittman wrote specifically for his step-daughter.
During the course of appearing in several of the Ma and Pa Kettle movies during the 1950s as Susie Kettle, one of the titular couple's numerous children. She also appeared in The Breaking Point, which starred John Garfield in the actor's penultimate film role. In 1952, she portrayed the emotionally volatile visionary and ascetic Jacinta Marto in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, and the following year played John Wayne's daughter in the football-themed Trouble Along the Way.
Make Room for Daddy
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Jackson may be best remembered for her role as older daughter Terry Williams on The Danny Thomas Show, or Make Room for Daddy) from 1953–1958. During the course of her five years on the show, she established a strong bond with her on-screen mother, Jean Hagen, but Hagen left the series after the third season in 1956.
Worn out from the relentless pace of the program, Jackson left the program once her five-year contract ended two years later. Jackson received a star at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 for her work in television. Penny Parker replaced her in the 1959-60 season, but the character was written out of the series after Parker married.
Over the next few years, Jackson broadened her range of acting roles, appearing as a hit woman on 77 Sunset Strip, a freed Apache captive who yearns to return to the reservation on The Tall Man, an alcoholic on Mr. Novak, a woman accused of murder on Perry Mason, and an unstable mother-to-be on Wagon Train. After a 1965 appearance on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., she then made guest appearances on Lost in Space ("The Space Croppers" (1966 March 30)), My Three Sons, The Wild Wild West, Batman and the original Star Trek series. On the latter program, she made one of her more memorable portrayals as the android "Andrea" in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".
In 1966, Jackson was cast as Katherine "Kate" Turner, a young woman from Boston who takes over a wagon train after the death of the trailmaster, in the episode "Lady of the Plains" of the syndicated series Death Valley Days. DeForest Kelley plays a gambler, Elliott Webster, who falls in love with her though she is engaged to marry once the wagon train reaches Salt Lake City.
When Blake Edwards remade the Peter Gunn television series as a feature film entitled Gunn in 1967, Jackson was filmed in a nude scene  that appeared only in the international version, not the U.S. release. Stills of the nude scene appeared in the August 1967 issue of Playboy magazine, in a pictorial entitled "Make Room For Sherry". The movie has not yet been released on VHS or DVD.
In 1967 Jackson began a five-year relationship with business executive and horse breeder, Fletcher R. Jones, a union that ended on November 7, 1972, when Jones was killed in a plane crash eight miles east of Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County, California. Five months after Jones' death, Jackson filed suit against his estate, asking for more than $1 million, with her attorneys stating that Jones had promised to provide her with at least $25,000 a year for the rest of her life. The litigation proved to be unsuccessful.
- Fireside Theater (1949), as "Little Girl" in the episode "The Doll/The Bet"
- Covered Wagon Raid (1950), as Susie Davis
- The Breaking Point (1950), as Amelia Morgan 
- Hello God (1951), as Little Italian Girl
- Fireside Theater (1951), in the episode "Hot Spot"
- When I Grow Up (1951), as Ruthie Reed
- Lorna Doone (1951), as Young Annie Ridd
- The Range Rider (1951), as Virginia Lee in the episode "Dead Man's Shoes"
- The Gene Autry Show (1951), as Frankie Scott in the episode "The Kid Comes West"
- The Gene Autry Show (1952), as Bonnie Ford in the episode "Rock River Feud"
- The Roy Rogers Show (1952), as Lucy Collins in the episode "Unwilling Outlaw"
- The Range Rider (1952), as Susan Harper in the episode "Secret of the Red Raven"
- The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952), as Jacinta Marto
- The Lion and the Horse (1952), as Jenny 
- The Ford Television Theatre (1953), as Terry Pelham in the episode "All's Fair in Love"
- Lux Video Theatre (1953), as Ruthie Hammond in the episode "Look, He's Proposing!"
- Trouble Along the Way (1953), as Carole Williams 
- Private Secretary (1953), in the episode "Child Labor"
- The Danny Thomas Show (TV series, 1953–58), as Terry Williams
- Shower of Stars (1954), as Terry Williams in the episode "Entertainment on Wheels"
- Mystery is My Business (1955), in the episode "Woman in the Chair"
- Come Next Spring (1956), as Annie 
- The Charles Farrell Show (1956), as Julie in the episode "Charlie's Secret Love"
- Maverick (TV series, 1957) as Annie Haines in the episode "Naked Gallows"
- The Rifleman (TV series) (1958), as Rebecca Snipe in the episode "The Sister"
- 77 Sunset Strip (1959), as Carrie in the episode "The Kookie Caper"
- 77 Sunset Strip (1959), as Chris Benson in the episode "The Texas Doll"
- The Swamp Fox (TV series, 1959), as Melanie Culpin
- The Millionaire (1960), as Susan Johnson in the episode "Millionaire Susan Johnson"
- The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1960), as Mignonne McCurdy in the episode "The Prettiest Collateral in Town"
- 77 Sunset Strip (1960), as Ella Jennings in the episode "Sierra"
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), as Mary Jane Wilkes
- 77 Sunset Strip (1960), as Shirley Bent in the episode "The Office Caper"
- Surfside 6 (1960), as Jill Murray in the episode "High Tide"
- Riverboat (1960), as Inez Cox in the episode "The Water of Gorgeous Springs"
- 77 Sunset Strip (1960), as Ophir in the episode "Trouble in the Middle East"
- Maverick (TV series, 1961), as Erma Kerr in the episode "Red Dog"
- Bringing Up Buddy (1961), as Janie in the episode "Buddy and Janie"
- The Tall Man (1961), as Sally Bartlett in the episode "Apache Daughter"
- Gunsmoke (1962), as Lacey in the episode "Lacey"
- The New Breed (1962), as Ellen Talltree in the episode "Care is No Cure"
- The Twilight Zone (1962), as Comfort Gatewood in the episode "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"
- Hawaiian Eye (1962), as Joan Carmichael in the episode "A Scent of Whales"
- Gunsmoke (1962), as Aggie in the episode "Root Down"
- Vacation Playhouse (1963), as Alice Watson in the episode "Come a-Runnin'"
- Mr. Novak (1963), as Cathy Ferguson in the episode "The Risk"
- Perry Mason (TV series) (1963), as Madeline Randall in the episode "The Case of the Festive Felon"
- The Lieutenant (1964), as Maggie Shea in the episode "Gone the Sun"
- Wagon Train (1964), as Geneva Balfour in the episode "The Geneva Balfour Story"
- Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1965), as Geraldine in the episode "Sergeant Carter Gets a Dear John Letter"
- Wild on the Beach (1965) (Lippert Productions Ltd., 20th Century Fox) as Lee Sullivan
- The Virginian (1965), as Lois Colter in the episode "Show Me a Hero"
- Branded (1966), as Nell Beckwith in the episode "Barbed Wire"
- Lost in Space (TV Series, 1966) as Effra in the episode "The Space Croppers"
- My Three Sons (1966), as Linda June Mitchell in the episode "The Wheels"
- Batman (TV series, 1966) as Pauline in the episodes 31/32 "Death in Slow Motion" and "The Riddler's False Notion"
- Death Valley Days (1966), as Katherine Turner in the episode "Lady of the Plains"
- Star Trek (TV series, 1966) as Andrea in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
- The Wild Wild West (TV series, 1967) as Michele LeMaster in the episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine"
- Gunn (1967) (Geoffrey Productions, Paramount Pictures) as Samantha
- The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968) as Connie
- The Wild Wild West (TV Series, 1968) as Lola Cortez in the episode "The Night of the Gruesome Games"
- The Monitors (1969) (Commonwealth United Entertainment) as Mona
- The Interns (1970), as Jeri Spencer in the episode "The Quality of Mercy"
- Make Room for Granddaddy (1970), as Terry Williams in the episode "Make Room for Grandson"
- The Immortal (1970), as Sherry Hiller in the episode "Sylvia"
- Wild Women (1970), as Nancy Belacourt
- Love, American Style (1971), as Blanche in the episode "Love and the Waitress"
- Chase (1974), as Shirley in the episode, "$35 Wil Fly You to the Moon"
- Returning Home (1975) ABC Movie of the Week, as Marie Derry
- Barbary Coast (1975), as Sherry in the episode "Crazy Cats"
- Mobile One (1975), as Leslie Willis in the episode "The Pawn"
- The Rockford Files (1975), as Jennifer Sandstrom in the episode "The Real Easy Red Dog"
- Matt Helm (1975), as Elena Bosworth in the episode "Double Jeopardy"
- Starsky and Hutch (1976), as Denise Girard in the episode "Bounty Hunter"
- The Blue Knight (1976), as Mrs. Bonner in the episode "The Rose and the Gun"
- Switch (1976), as Jennie Rosenthal in the episode "The 100,000 Ruble Rumble"
- The Streets of San Francisco (1977), as Jackie Allen/Joy Adams/September Dawn in the episode "One Last Trick"
- Bare Knuckles (1977), as Jennifer Randall
- Barnaby Jones (1978), as Erica Hughes in the two-part episode "Final Judgement"
- The Incredible Hulk (1978), as Dr. Diane Joseph in the episode "Earthquakes Happen"
- Stingray (1978), as Abigail Bratowski
- Fantasy Island (1979), as Monica Jensen in the episode "Cowboy/Substitute Wife"
- Vega$ (1979), as Denise in the episode "The Usurper"
- Alice (1980), as Toni Morelli in the episode "Good Buddy Flo"
- Charlie's Angels (1980), as Tina Fuller in the episode "Homes $weet Homes"
- CHiPs (1980), as Diane in the episode "The Strippers"
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Sherry [Jackson] is only ten. ... [She] has been a movie actress for four years. She was discovered by the friend of a Hollywood talent agent, while she was having an ice cream soda.
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Matt assures her that he's been sober for three years, then he asks about Annie. "Is she...Did she ever get over...?" "Nope," says Bess, "still mute. Cain't utter a sound."
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Her dad, Montgomery Pittman, wrote the screenplay and he built the script around little Sherry. ... [I]t turned out to be one of the most dramatic roles ever offered a youngster and was planned as such. ... [F]or her work in this show [she] received the "Gold Star Award" from Mars, Inc.
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Maurita Pittman always felt that Jack L. Warner experienced an internal struggle regarding the film: 'I don't know why the film was unsuccessful. Warner was really too greedy of a man not to get whatever money he could out of a picture. But he was fervently anti-communist and maybe he realized that Garfield was in trouble, and he didn't put that much publicity into the film.'
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