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Also Known As: Anna June Jackson, Madame Du Froid Died: April 12, 2016
Born: September 3, 1926 Cause of Death: Undisclosed
Birth Place: Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher

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A celebrated American stage actress and advocate and teacher of "The Method," Anne Jackson appeared sporadically in TV and film projects, occasionally in tandem with her husband Eli Wallach. Anna June Jackson was born in Allegheny, PA (now part of Pittsburgh) and was studying in New York with famed acting coach Sanford Meisner by age 17. In 1944, she made her stage debut playing Anya in a Wilmington, Delaware, production of "The Cherry Orchard" and the next year played a smaller role in a Broadway production of the same play. Soon, Jackson was appearing in a new play on Broadway each year. She earned strong notices in 1948 creating the role of Nellie Ewell in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" and for "Oh Men! Oh Women!" (1953). Jackson was nominated for a Tony Award for her work as Edward G Robinson's daughter in "Middle of the Night" (1956). Jackson also played the title role of "Major Barbara" the same year. In 1961, she played Daisy in the Broadway production of Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" starring with Wallach and Zero Mostel. The following season, she and Wallach were paired in the double bill of "The Tiger" and "The Typist," for which she won an OBIE Award. (They repeated their roles in London...

A celebrated American stage actress and advocate and teacher of "The Method," Anne Jackson appeared sporadically in TV and film projects, occasionally in tandem with her husband Eli Wallach. Anna June Jackson was born in Allegheny, PA (now part of Pittsburgh) and was studying in New York with famed acting coach Sanford Meisner by age 17. In 1944, she made her stage debut playing Anya in a Wilmington, Delaware, production of "The Cherry Orchard" and the next year played a smaller role in a Broadway production of the same play. Soon, Jackson was appearing in a new play on Broadway each year. She earned strong notices in 1948 creating the role of Nellie Ewell in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" and for "Oh Men! Oh Women!" (1953). Jackson was nominated for a Tony Award for her work as Edward G Robinson's daughter in "Middle of the Night" (1956). Jackson also played the title role of "Major Barbara" the same year. In 1961, she played Daisy in the Broadway production of Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" starring with Wallach and Zero Mostel. The following season, she and Wallach were paired in the double bill of "The Tiger" and "The Typist," for which she won an OBIE Award. (They repeated their roles in London in 1964.) Later, Jackson won critical kudos for her turn as Ethel Rosenberg in Donald Freed's 1970 Broadway play, "Inquest." She and her husband and their daughters Roberta and Katherine were featured in a 1973 production of "The Waltz of the Toreadors" and the couple later performed "An Evening With Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach" for several years from 1977. Their last joint Broadway appearance to date was in the short-lived revival of "Cafe Crown" in the 1988-89 season. Jackson's TV and film roles often saw her playing either warm motherly types or overbearing parents, sometimes simultaneously. She made her film debut in 1950 as Jackie in "So Young, So Bad," an independent production produced by its star Paul Henreid. Jackson and two other hopefuls, Anne Francis and Rosita (later Rita) Moreno, played prison inmates being helped by a psychiatrist. Despite the success of the picture, it was nine years before Jackson was again in front of a film camera, this time for "The Journey," in which she was one of an ensemble cast trying to leave Budapest. In 1960, she played one of her first screen mothers, as the Jewish wife of Ray Walston who chides him into letting Anthony Perkins play basketball in "Tall Story." Again, it was several years before Jackson was in film again, this time opposite Wallach, in "The Tiger Makes Out," based on their Off-Broadway success. She earned much acclaim in 1968 as the neglected spouse posing as a call girl in "The Secret Life of an American Wife." Jackson was one of the nuns involved in a Watergate-like break-in in the satirical "Nasty Habits" (1976), a psychiatrist in "The Bell Jar" (1979) and Tom Selleck's mother in "Folks!" (1992). Jackson's work in TV dates back to 1949, with an episode of "Academy Theatre" and she worked with some regularity in the medium while most of the series were based in New York. When TV production shifted to California in the early 60s, Jackson's assignments became more sporadic. She made her TV-movie debut in "The Family Man" (CBS, 1979), and played Bella Abzug in "Out on a Limb," the 1987 ABC miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's autobiography. In the late 70s, she did a regular stint on the soap opera "Love of Life" and in 1987 played Jason Alexander's mother in the short-lived CBS series "Everything's Relative." Jackson occasionally appeared in TV episodes as well, and was particularly memorable in a 1977 installment of "Rhoda," in which she was a waitress who helps Rhoda realize it is all right for a woman to go out for an evening by herself. Along with her occasional work in television, Jackson worked steadily in small character roles in film, including playing a doctor in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). Jackson retired near the turn of the millennium, her final film role coming as a grandmother in "Something Sweet" (2000). Anne Jackson died April 12, 2016 in her Manhattan home. She was 90.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lucky Days (2010)
2.
 Man of the Century (1999) Margaret Twennies
3.
 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women (1997) Maman ("Woman On A Bicycle")
4.
 Folks! (1992) Mildred Aldrich
5.
 Funny About Love (1990) Adele
6.
 Funny (1989) Actress
8.
9.
 Sam's Son (1984) Harriet Orowitz
10.
 Leave 'Em Laughing (1981) Shirlee Thum
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1980:
Cast as a doctor in Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Shining"
1992:
Co-starred in the comedy "Folks"
1964:
Made London debut in "The Typist" and "The Tiger", by Murray Schisgal; recreated NY stage roles opposite Eli Wallach
1944:
Stage debut as Anya in "The Cherry Orchard" in Wilmington, Delaware
1999:
Starred opposite husband Eli Wallach and daughter Roberta Wallach in Anne Meara's stage play "Down the Garden Paths"
1949:
TV debut in episode of "Academy Theatre" (NBC)
1988:
With Wallach, was featured in "Cafe Crown", Off-Broadway and on Broadway
1973:
Appeared in "The Waltz of the Torreadors" opposite Wallach and their daughters
1950:
Film debut in "So Young, So Bad"
2001:
Had title role in Off-Broadway production of "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
1956:
Played the daughter in Broadway production of "Middle of the Night", starring Edward G Robinson
1987:
Portrayed Bella Abzug in the ABC miniseries "Out on a Limb"
1982:
Narrated and co-starred with Ingrid Bergman in the syndicated miniseries "A Woman Called Golda"
1970:
Played Ethel Rosenberg in "Inquest" on Broadway
1961:
Starred on Broadway with Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel in "Rhinoceros"
1945:
Broadway debut in "The Cherry Orchard"
1967:
Co-starred with Wallach in feature "The Tiger Makes Out"; film version of "The Typist" and "The Tiger"; first of eight features with her husband
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Had regular role on the CBS soap "Love of Life"
1987:
Had regular role on the CBS TV series "Everything's Relative"
1979:
Made TV-movie debut, "The Family Man" (CBS)
1999:
Played the imperious mother of Johnny Twennies (Gibson Frazier) in "Man of the Century"
1999:
With husband, wrote and performed in the stage piece, "Tennessee Williams Remembered"
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York, New York - 1943
The New School for Social Research: New York, New York - 1943
Actors Studio: New York, New York - 1948

Notes

Jackson has remained an active member of The Actors Studio and has taught there.

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husband:
Eli Wallach. Actor. Married on March 5, 1948.

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father:
John Ivan Jackson. Beautician.
mother:
Stella Germaine Jackson.
sister:
Katherine Jackson. Born c. 1919.
sister:
Beatrice Jackson. Born c. 1923.
son:
Peter Wallach. Special effects technician.
daughter:
Roberta Wallach. Actor.
daughter:
Katherine Wallach. Former actor.
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"Early Stages" Little, Brown

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