Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson

Show Count: 3
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: February 15, 1942
Old Time Radio, Wendell, Idaho, USA

Sherry Jackson (born February 15, 1942, in Wendell, Idaho) is an American actress and former child star. She made her film debut at seven years old in the musical, You're My Everything, starring Anne Baxter and Dan Dailey. During the course of appearing in several of the Ma and Pa Kettlemovies 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 asceticJacinta 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.

Jackson may be best remembered for her role as older daughter Terry Williams on The Danny Thomas Show (AKA Make Room for Daddy) from 1953–58. 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 producing the show, Jackson left the program once her five-year contract ended two years later.

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, an unstable mother-to-be on Wagon Train, and a woman accused of murder on Perry Mason. She then made guest appearances on Lost in Space, Batman and the original Star Trek series. On the last program, she made one of her more memorable portrayals as the android "Andrea" in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".

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 Playboymagazine, in a pictorial entitled "Make Room For Sherry". The movie has not yet been released on VHS or DVD.

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. 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.

Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. It is located at 6324 Hollywood Blvd.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 1st March 1955
Added: Nov 24 2005