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Jackson on an episode of Mr. Novak in 1963
February 15, 1942|
Wendell, Gooding County
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
Fletcher R. Jones|
|Relatives||Montgomery Pittman (stepfather)|
Jackson was born in Wendell, Idaho to Maurita (or Maurite ) Kathleen Gilbert and Curtis Loys Jackson, Sr. 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, California.
By one account Maurita, who had been told while still in Idaho that her children should be in films, was referred to a theatrical agent by a tour bus driver whom 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 The 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.
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. A romance developed, and Pittman married Maurita Jackson in a small ceremony on June 4, 1952, 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 5-season run as older daughter Terry Williams on The Danny Thomas Show (known as Make Room for Daddy during the first three seasons) from 1953–1958. During the course of her five years on the series, 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 production, Jackson left the program once her five-year contract expired; to allow the writers to finish the character off, actress Penny Parker appeared in the role for the first few episodes of season 6, in which the character gets married and moves away. Jackson's impact on the Danny Thomas viewing audience was such that, on February 8, 1960, she received a star for "Television" at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Over the next few years, Jackson broadened her range of acting roles by guest starring in dozens of television series, 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. She gave an energetically beguiling performance as a gunslinger's promiscuous young bride in the Western series Maverick episode entitled "Red Dog" with Roger Moore. After a 1965 appearance on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., she then made guest appearances on Lost in Space ("The Space Croppers", reuniting with her Danny Thomas co-star, Angela Cartwright), My Three Sons, The Wild Wild West ("The Night of the Vicious Valentine" and "The Night of the Gruesome Games", as two different characters), 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 television series Peter Gunn as a feature film entitled Gunn (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 ($5.5 million today), 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 unsuccessful.
|1949–1951||Fireside Theater||Little Girl||2 episodes|
|1950||Covered Wagon Raid||Susie Davis|
|1950||The Breaking Point||Amy Morgan|||
|1951||When I Grow Up||Ruthie Reed|
|1951||Lorna Doone||Young Annie Ridd|
|1951||Hello God||Little Italian Girl|
|1951–1952||The Range Rider||Susan Harper / Virginia Lee||2 episodes|
|1951–1952||The Gene Autry Show||Bonnie Ford / Frankie Scott||2 episodes|
|1952||The Roy Rogers Show||Lucy Collins||Episode: "Unwilling Outlaw"|
|1952||The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima||Jacinta Marto|||
|1952||The Lion and the Horse||Jenny|||
|1953–1958||The Danny Thomas Show||Terry Williams||133 episodes|
|1953||The Ford Television Theatre||Terry Pelham||Episode: "All's Fair in Love"|
|1953||Trouble Along the Way||Carole Williams|||
|1953||Lux Video Theatre||Ruthie Hammond||Episode: "Look, He's Proposing!"|
|1953||Private Secretary||Episode: "Child Labor"|
|1954||Shower of Stars||Terry Williams||Episode: "Entertainment on Wheels"|
|1954||Mystery is My Business||Episode: "Woman in the Chair"|
|1956||Come Next Spring||Annie|||
|1956||The Charles Farrell Show||Julie||Episode: "Charlie's Secret Love"|
|1957–1961||Maverick||Erma Curran / Annie Haines||2 episodes|
|1958||The Rifleman||Rebecca Snipe||Episode: "The Sister"|
|1959–1960||77 Sunset Strip||Ophir / Shirley Bent / Ella / Chris Benson / Carrie||5 episodes|||
|1960||The Swamp Fox||Melanie Culpin||2 episodes|
|1960||The Millionaire||Susan Johnson||Episode: "Millionaire Susan Johnson"|
|1960||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Mignonne McCurdy||Episode: "The Prettiest Collateral in Town"|
|1960||The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Mary Jane Wilkes|||
|1960||Surfside 6||Jill Murray||Episode: "High Tide"|
|1960||Riverboat||Inez Cox||Episode: "The Water of Gorgeous Springs"|
|1961||Bringing Up Buddy||Janie||Episode: "Buddy and Janie"|
|1961||The Tall Man||Sally Bartlett||Episode: "Apache Daughter"|
|1962||The New Breed||Ellen Talltree||Episode: "Care is No Cure"|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Comfort Gatewood||Episode: "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"|
|1962||Hawaiian Eye||Joan Carmichael||Episode: "A Scent of Whales"|
|1962||Gunsmoke||Aggie / Lacey Parcher||2 episodes|||
|1963||Vacation Playhouse||Alice Watson||Episode: "Come a-Runnin"|
|1963||Mr. Novak||Cathy Ferguson||Episode: "The Risk"|
|1963||Perry Mason||Madeline Randall||Episode: "The Case of the Festive Felon"|
|1964||The Lieutenant||Maggie Shea||Episode: "Gone the Sun"|
|1964||Wagon Train||Geneva Balfour||Episode: "The Geneva Balfour Story"|
|1965||Rawhide||Mar||Episode: "Moment in the Sun"|
|1965||Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.||Geraldine||Episode: "Sergeant Carter Gets a Dear John Letter"|
|1965||Wild on the Beach||Lee Sullivan||(Lippert Productions Ltd., 20th Century Fox)|
|1965||The Virginian||Lois Colter||Episode: "Show Me a Hero"|
|1966||Branded||Nell Beckwith||Episode: "Barbed Wire"|
|1966||Lost in Space||Effra||Episode: "The Space Croppers"|
|1966||My Three Sons||Linda June Mitchell||Episode: "The Wheels"|
|1966||Death Valley Days||Katherine Turner||Episode: "Lady of the Plains"|
|1966||Star Trek||Andrea||Episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"|
|1967–1968||The Wild Wild West||Lola Cortez / Michele LeMaster||2 episodes|
|1967||Gunn||Samantha||(Geoffrey Productions, Paramount Pictures)|||
|1968||The Mini-Skirt Mob||Connie|
|1969||The Monitors||Mona||(Commonwealth United Entertainment)|
|1970||The Interns||Jeri Spencer||Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|1970||Make Room for Granddaddy||Terry Williams||Episode: "Make Room for Grandson"|
|1970||The Immortal||Sherry Hiller||Episode: "Sylvia"|
|1970||Wild Women||Nancy Belacourt||TV Movie|
|1971||Love, American Style||Blanche||Segment: "Love and the Waitress"|
|1974||Chase||Shirley||Episode: "$35 Wil Fly You to the Moon"|
|1975||Returning Home||Marie Derry||ABC Movie of the Week|
|1975||Barbary Coast||Sherry||Episode: "Crazy Cats"|
|1975||Mobile One||Leslie Willis||Episode: "The Pawn"|
|1975||The Rockford Files||Jennifer Sandstrom||Episode: "The Real Easy Red Dog"|
|1975||Matt Helm||Elena Bosworth||Episode: "Double Jeopardy"|
|1976||Starsky and Hutch||Denise Girard||Episode: "Bounty Hunter"|
|1976||The Blue Knight||Mrs. Bonner||Episode: "The Rose and the Gun"|
|1976||Switch||Jennie Rosenthal||Episode: "The 100,000 Ruble Rumble"|
|1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Jackie Allen / Joy Adams / September Dawn||Episode: "One Last Trick"|
|1977||Bare Knuckles||Jennifer Randall|||
|1978||Barnaby Jones||Erica Hughes||2 episodes|
|1978||The Incredible Hulk||Dr. Diane Joseph||Episode: "Earthquakes Happen"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Monica Jensen||Episode: "Cowboy/Substitute Wife"|
|1979||Vega$||Denise||Episode: "The Usurper"|
|1980||Alice||Toni Morelli||Episode: "Good Buddy Flo"|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Tina Fuller||Episode: "Homes $weet Homes"|
|1980||CHiPs||Diane||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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