Anne Jackson


Actor

About

Also Known As
Anna June Jackson, Madame Du Froid
Birth Place
Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
September 03, 1926
Died
April 12, 2016
Cause of Death
Undisclosed

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

Eli Wallach
Husband
Actor. Married on March 5, 1948.

Bibliography

"Early Stages"
Anne Jackson, Little, Brown (1979)

Notes

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

Biography

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.

Life Events

1944

Stage debut as Anya in "The Cherry Orchard" in Wilmington, Delaware

1945

Broadway debut in "The Cherry Orchard"

1949

TV debut in episode of "Academy Theatre" (NBC)

1950

Film debut in "So Young, So Bad"

1956

Played the daughter in Broadway production of "Middle of the Night", starring Edward G Robinson

1961

Starred on Broadway with Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel in "Rhinoceros"

1964

Made London debut in "The Typist" and "The Tiger", by Murray Schisgal; recreated NY stage roles opposite Eli Wallach

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

1970

Played Ethel Rosenberg in "Inquest" on Broadway

1973

Appeared in "The Waltz of the Torreadors" opposite Wallach and their daughters

1979

Made TV-movie debut, "The Family Man" (CBS)

1980

Cast as a doctor in Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Shining"

1982

Narrated and co-starred with Ingrid Bergman in the syndicated miniseries "A Woman Called Golda"

1987

Portrayed Bella Abzug in the ABC miniseries "Out on a Limb"

1987

Had regular role on the CBS TV series "Everything's Relative"

1988

With Wallach, was featured in "Cafe Crown", Off-Broadway and on Broadway

1992

Co-starred in the comedy "Folks"

1999

Starred opposite husband Eli Wallach and daughter Roberta Wallach in Anne Meara's stage play "Down the Garden Paths"

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"

2001

Had title role in Off-Broadway production of "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

Photo Collections

Dirty Dingus Mcgee - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Dirty Dingus Mcgee (1970), starring Frank Sinatra. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

How To Save a Marriage And Ruin Your Life - Open, Winds of Change How 60's can you get? Ambience from the Ray Conniff Singers with Michel Legrand and Mack David's "Winds of Change," the opening to How To Save a Marriage And Ruin Your Life, 1968, starring Dean Martin and Stella Stevens.
Journey, The (1959) - Wanna Play War? Excepting one earlier shot, the feature debut of Jason Robards Jr., his character’s identity not quite revealed, except that he’s traveling with English aristocrat Deborah Kerr, who’s recognized by journalist Deverill (Robert Morley), then meeting American E.G. Marshall and family (sons Flip Mark and “Ronny” Howard, wife Anne Jackson), all stranded at the Budapest airport during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, in Anatole Litvak’s The Journey, 1959.
Journey, The (1959) - You Think I'm The Devil! Yul Brynner is Surov, Russian commander of a Hungarian town during the 1956 uprising, holding forth with temporarily detained guests, journalist Robert Morley, American mom Anne Jackson, Deborah Kerr as a socialite whom we know is helping a dissident escape, then with Anouk Aimee, secret leader of a rebel band, in Anatole Litvak’s The Journey, 1959.
Journey, The (1959) - We'd Better Speak English Robert Morley is the English journalist leading a group of foreigners escaping Hungary by bus during the 1956 uprising, Yul Brynner the just-introduced Russian district commander, Anne Jackson and E.G. Marshall an American couple (Ron Howard one of their sons!), Deborah Kerr as Lady Ashmore, traveling officially alone, in The Journey, 1959.
So Young So Bad - That First Day Dr. Jason (Paul Henreid) beginning a flashback which introduces girls at the reformatory, Loretta (Anne Francis), Dolores (Rita, billed as "Rosita," Moreno), Jane (Enid Pulver) and Jackie (Anne Jackson), in So Young, So Bad, 1950.

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Family

John Ivan Jackson
Father
Beautician.
Stella Germaine Jackson
Mother
Katherine Jackson
Sister
Born c. 1919.
Beatrice Jackson
Sister
Born c. 1923.
Peter Wallach
Son
Special effects technician.
Roberta Wallach
Daughter
Actor.
Katherine Wallach
Daughter
Former actor.

Companions

Eli Wallach
Husband
Actor. Married on March 5, 1948.

Bibliography

"Early Stages"
Anne Jackson, Little, Brown (1979)

Notes

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