Anne Jackson in 1968.
Anna Jane Jackson|
September 3, 1925
Millvale, Pennsylvania, U.S.
April 12, 2016 (aged 90)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Actors Studio|
|Eli Wallach (m. 1948; d. 2014)|
|Family||A. O. Scott (great nephew)|
Anna Jane Jackson (September 3, 1925 - April 12, 2016) was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. She was the wife of actor Eli Wallach, with whom she often co-starred. In 1956, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night. In 1963, she won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in two Off-Broadway plays, The Typists and The Tiger.
Jackson was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania in 1925, the daughter of Stella Germaine (née Murray) and John Ivan Jackson, a barber who ran a beauty parlor. She was the youngest of three children, after Catherine, eight years older, and Beatrice, three years older. Her year of birth had been misreported for years as 1926, the year Jackson gave in a 1962 interview. Jackson's mother was of Irish Catholic descent and her father, whose original name was Ivan Jchekovitch, had emigrated from Croatia in 1918. Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was eight years old. She attended Franklin K. Lane High School. In New York, Jackson trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and The Actor's Studio. She made her Broadway debut in 1945. Her theater credits included Summer and Smoke, Arms and the Man, Luv, The Waltz of the Toreadors, Mr. Peters' Connections and Lost in Yonkers.
Jackson's screen credits include The Tiger Makes Out, The Secret Life of an American Wife, How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life, Lovers and Other Strangers, Dirty Dingus Magee, Folks!, and The Shining. Her many television appearances include Armstrong Circle Theatre, Academy Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, The Untouchables, The Defenders, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., Rhoda, The Facts of Life , Highway to Heaven, Law & Order, and ER. She narrated Stellaluna on an episode of the PBS series Reading Rainbow.
Jackson was married to actor Eli Wallach, with whom she acted frequently, from March 5, 1948, until his death on June 24, 2014. They had three children, Peter, Katherine, and Roberta. Her marriage to Wallach was one of the longest and most successful in the industry. She later taught at the HB Studio in Manhattan, and continued to act in cameo roles.
|1950||So Young So Bad||Jackie Boone|
|1959||The Journey||Margie Rhinelander|
|1960||Tall Story||Myra Sullivan|
|1967||The Tiger Makes Out||Gloria Fiske|
|1968||How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life||Muriel Laszlo|
|1968||The Secret Life of an American Wife||Victoria Layton|
|1970||Zig Zag||Jean Cameron|
|1970||The Angel Levine||Customer in Delicatessen||cameo|
|1970||Lovers and Other Strangers||Kathy|
|1970||Dirty Dingus Magee||Belle Nops|
|1971||The Typists||Sylvia Payton|
|1973||Sticks and Bones||Harriet|
|1977||Nasty Habits||Sister Mildred|
|1979||The Bell Jar||Dr. Nolan|
|1979||The Family Man||Maggie Madden|
|1980||A Private Battle||Katie Ryan|
|1980||Blinded by the Light||Frances Bowers|
|1981||Leave 'em Laughing||Shirlee|
|1982||A Woman Called Golda||Lou Kaddar|
|1984||Sam's Son||Harriet Orowitz|
|1987||Out on a Limb||Bella Abzug||TV mini-series, 2 episodes|
|1988||Baby M||Lorraine Abraham|
|1990||Funny About Love||Adele|
|1997||Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women||Maman|
|1999||Man of the Century||Margaret Twennies|
|2008||Vote and Die: Liszt for President||Partisan woman|
|2008||Lucky Days||Corkie||(final film role)|
I was born on September 3, 1926, in Millvale, Pennsylvania, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. My father, John Jchekovitch, was born in Croatia, came to America in 1918, at the age of seventeen, and settled in Pittsburgh. He changed his name to John Jackson.
Anna June Jackson profile
I was in school, Franklin K. Lane High School. I was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania [just outside Pittsburgh], and the family moved to Brooklyn when I was 8.