Anne Jackson (1925 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Tony-nominated actress Anne Jackson died April 12, according to The New York Times. She was 90.
Jackson was the widow of actor Eli Wallach, with whom she often worked on and off Broadway. The pair met while acting in a production of Tennessee Williams’ "This Property Is Condemned," going on to appear in 13 Broadway shows together. They married in 1948.
Together, they won Obie awards in 1963 for an off-Broadway double bill of "The Typists" and "The Tiger." Other productions in which they worked together included "The Glass Menagerie," "Luv," and "The Diary of Anne Frank."
But Jackson also excelled on her own, earning a Tony nomination in 1956 for her performance in Paddy Chayefsky's "Middle of the Night." Other notable stage credits include Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke," George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man," and Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers."
Though Jackson was known best for her stage work, she also appeared on television and in movies. She was a star of "How To Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life" and "Lovers and Other Strangers," and in "The Shining," she played a doctor in an early scene. She made appearances on television shows including "Gunsmoke," "Highway to Heaven," "ER," and "Reading Rainbow."
Born Sept. 3, 1925, in Millvale, Pennsylvania, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jackson later wrote of her turbulent childhood in her 1979 memoir, "Early Stages." She found an early talent for drama in the impressions she would do of famous actors she saw at the movies. She honed this skill as a student of the Actors Studio, where she would later teach.
Wallach preceded Jackson in death, in 2014. She is survived by their three children, Roberta, Katherine, and Peter.
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