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Date of Birth 28 February 1924Cottageville, South Carolina, USA
Date of Death 1 November 2006Columbia, South Carolina, USA  (complications from a stroke and Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameBettye Louise Ackermann

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Bettye Ackerman was born on February 28, 1924 in Cottageville, South Carolina, USA as Bettye Louise Ackermann. She was an actress, known for Ben Casey (1961), Face of Fire (1959) and Prehysteria! 2 (1994). She was married to Sam Jaffe. She died on November 1, 2006 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Sam Jaffe (7 June 1956 - 24 March 1984) (his death)

Trivia (5)

Born in Cottageville, South Carolina and grew up in Williston in Barnwell County in southwestern South Carolina, one of four children born to a school superintendent and his wife.
Graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina in 1945 before pursuing a career in New York City while doing graduate work at Columbia University.
Best known as Dr. Maggie Graham on the Ben Casey (1961), she met and married her "Ben Casey" co-star, actor Sam Jaffe, earlier in 1955 when they were both appearing on stage in a production of "Tartuffe". They married a year later. Despite their 33-year age difference the marriage lasted 28 years until his death of cancer in 1984 at age 93. They had no children.
A prolific artist, she exhibited many of her works in both Beverly Hills and back in her home town area of Columbia, South Carolina.
Has a brother, Robert Ackerman.

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