Sherry Jackson

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Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson 1963.JPG
Jackson in 1963
Born (1942-02-15) February 15, 1942 (age 73)
Wendell, Idaho, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–1980

Sherry Jackson (born February 15, 1942, in Wendell, Idaho)[citation needed] is an American actress and former child star.

Early life[edit]

Sherry D. Jackson was born in 1942 to Maurita [1] (or Maurite [2]) Kathleen Gilbert and Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. [3] 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,[4] "from the time they were very little." [5] After her husband died in 1948,[6] Maurita moved the family from Wendell to Los Angeles. [7]

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. [7] According to another, she was referred by the friend of an agent who saw Sherry eating ice cream on the Sunset Strip.[8] 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.[7]

In 1950 young Sherry became friends with actor Steve Cochran while working with him on The Lion and the Horse. Steve introduced his friend, writer Montgomery Pittman, to Sherry's widowed mother.[9] 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.[10] In 1955 Cochran hired Pittman to write his next film, Come Next Spring, the first that Cochran produced himself.[11] Sherry played the part of Cochran's mute daughter Annie Ballot,[12] a role Pittman wrote specifically for his step-daughter.[13]

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, Jackson also appeared in The Breaking Point with John Garfield, the actor's penultimate role before his sudden death two years later. In 1952, Jackson portrayed the emotionally volatile visionary and ascetic Jacinta Marto in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima,[8] and the following year played John Wayne's daughter in the football-themed Trouble Along the Way.

Make Room for Daddy[edit]

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.[14]

Later roles[edit]

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 the following year on Lost in Space, My Three Sons, 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.[15]

When Blake Edwards remade the Peter Gunn television series as a feature film entitled Gunn in 1967, Jackson was filmed in a nude scene [16] that appeared only in the international version, not the U.S. release.[citation needed] Stills of the nude scene appeared in the August 1967 issue of Playboy magazine, in a pictorial entitled "Make Room For Sherry".[17] The movie has not yet been released on VHS or DVD.[citation needed]

That same year 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.[18] 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.[19] The litigation proved to be unsuccessful.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Maurita K. Gilbert Census Record in 1930". United States census. 1930. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Maurite Gilbert Census Record in 1920". United States census. 1920. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Curtis L. Jackson Jr. Census Record in 1920". United States census. 1920. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Maurita Pittman, TV writer, manager, 88". alt.obituaries. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2015. Excerpt of the Los Angeles Times obituary from 2/1/2006 
  5. ^ a b Cook, Ben (26 June 1952). Written at Hollywood. "The Kid Finally Gets Second Chance". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). p. 34. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Curtis Loys Jackson (1908-1948)". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c West, Alice (25 January 1953). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah). p. 9. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Young Actors Play Leads in 'Miracle' at Warner". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). 17 September 1952. p. 29. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 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. 
  9. ^ "Human Interest Story Is Behind Fox Lodi Film". Lodi News-Sentinel (Lodi, California). 14 June 1956. p. 2. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Writer, Starlet Wed in Torrance" (PDF). Torrance Herald (Torrance, California). 12 June 1952. p. 17. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Will Hutchins on Montgomery Pittman". Western Clippings. January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "CMBA Blogathon: Come Next Spring (1956)". Jim Lane's Cinemadrome. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 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." 
  13. ^ a b "A Happy Family Affair Inspires a Screen Hit". The News and Eastern Townships Advocate (St. Johns, Quebec). 6 September 1956. p. 17. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 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. 
  14. ^ "Sherry Jackson". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Lady of the Plains on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. May 5, 1966. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Heffernan, Harold (9 May 1967). Written at Hollywood. "Danny's Sherry Big, Big Girl Now". The Blade (Toledo, Ohio). NANA. p. 42. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Lockhart, Michael J. (28 November 2012). "Femme on Fire: Melissa Rauch". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c Kleiner, Dick (17 March 1978). Written at Hollywood. "Third Career for Sherry". The Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky). NEA. p. 27. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  19. ^ Written at Los Angeles. "$1-Million Suit by Sherry Jackson". St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri). UPI. 12 April 1973. p. 3C. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Nott, Robert (2003). He Ran All the Way: The Life of John Garfield. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 263. ISBN 9780879109851. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 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.' 
  21. ^ a b Written at Burbank. "10-Year-Old Screen Star 'Just Loves John Wayne'". The Sunday Star (Wilmington, Delaware). 7 December 1952. p. 16. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  22. ^ Kern, Janet (23 July 1959). "It Happens On TV -- Girls Drop Years". The Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2 §2. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "TV Week Magazine: Friday". Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). 4 October 1959. p. 10. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Finnigan, Joe (26 January 1960). Written at Hollywood. "Sherry Jackson Keeping One Eye on Bank Account". Schenectady Gazette (Schenectady, New York). UPI. p. 19. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  25. ^ Johnson, Erskine (22 March 1962). Written at Hollywood. "Sherry Jackson, Home-Grown Dish". Sarasota Journal (Sarasota, Florida). NEA. p. 13. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  26. ^ Deffernan, Harold (8 January 1967). Written at Hollywood. "Sherry Jackson Sees Light". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). p. 4 §7. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "Wednesday Listings". The Palm Beach Post. 4 March 1972. p. 13. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 1970 1972 broadcast. 

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