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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 15 February 1942Wendell, Idaho, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gorgeous, mouth-watering, chestnut-maned Sherry Jackson began her promising career as a pleasant-looking child actress. She and brother Robert were the stepchildren of TV writer/director/actor Montgomery Pittman, who died of cancer in 1962. Rumor has it that Idaho-born Sherry was "discovered" by a talent agent while she and her mother were waiting for a bus. She began with unbilled bit parts in such films as You're My Everything (1949), For Heaven's Sake (1950), Lorna Doone (1951), The Great Caruso (1951), and the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series (as Susie, one of the Kettle brood). Sherry's parts eventually increased in size, holding her own among Hollywood's movie elite at the time -- moppet star Bobby Driscoll in When I Grow Up (1951) and ruggedly handsome Steve Cochran in The Lion and the Horse (1952). She earned more attention than usual as John Wayne's daughter in Trouble Along the Way (1953), but her most impressive role during this stage was as a Portuguese youngster who witnesses a vision in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952). The film Come Next Spring (1956) was written for her by her stepfather and directed by R.G. Springsteen .Corr At the age of 11, TV became her choice of medium. Sherry literally grew up as Danny Thomas' coquettish daughter "Terry" on Make Room for Daddy (1953) aka "The Danny Thomas Show". After leaving the series, Sherry somewhere along the line grew totally out of her pert and pretty teen figure into a ravishing stunner. Once she left the stability of the classic sitcom (the script had her heading off to college), things changed drastically work-wise. Going through the difficult adjustment of child star to adult actress, she found it increasingly hard to find work. As such, her skills as an actress were seldom tested while taking on roles that emphasized her obvious physical stature and allure. The image makeover was incredible -- from smart and vulnerable TV tyke to a bewitching and capricious vixen. She developed minor cult worship playing sexy beehive brunettes in such low-budget films as Wild on the Beach (1965), Gunn (1967) and The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), and on popular TV shows in episodes of Batman (1966), Lost in Space (1965), Star Trek (1966) and The Wild Wild West (1965). One could usually count on spotting Sherry somewhere as a biker chick, cooey-voiced party girl or scantily-clad femme fatale. Her adult work was fairly standard; however, the camera did love her. Her career pretty much fell away by the early 1980s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (4)

Stepdaughter of Montgomery Pittman
1959 Deb Star.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Has worked with Chuck Connors on three different occasions: in Trouble Along the Way (1953); in a 1958 episode of The Rifleman (1958); and in a 1966 episode of Branded (1965).

Personal Quotes (2)

[on why she left Make Room for Daddy (1953)] The major perk was Jean Hagen. I adored her. We had a great time. She and I were best buddies; she was my only friend from the "Make Room for Daddy" cast. What made me specifically want to leave the show? I had a five-year contract, Jean had a three-year contract. Jean was thoroughly fed up with the series and made it clear that she didn't want to come back. When she left, I was devastated. I didn't want to continue, either. I wanted to break my contract. They wouldn't let me leave, but gave me less to do; that's why I'm in fewer shows from ages 14-16.
[on The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968)] I hated that movie -- what a piece of junk. It took less than a month -- we shot it in one of Arizona's less than desirable locales... not a safe place to be. You couldn't go out at night because all the locals packed guns.

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