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Overview (2)

Born in Wendell, Idaho, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gorgeous, chestnut-maned Sherry Jackson began her promising career as a pleasant-looking child actress. She and brother Robert were the stepchildren of television writer/director/actor Montgomery Pittman, who died of cancer in 1962. There's a rumor that Idaho-born Sherry was discovered by a talent agent while she and her mother were waiting for a bus. She began with unbilled small roles 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 Kettle, one of the couple's numerous children).

Sherry's roles 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.

At age 11, television became her choice of medium. Sherry literally grew up as Danny Thomas' coquettish daughter Terry Williams on The Danny Thomas Show (1953). 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 workwise. Going through the difficult adjustment of child star to adult actress, she found this 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 a smart and vulnerable child 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 television series 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 girl, 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

Trade Mark (2)

Natural chestnut hair
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (10)

1959 Hollywood Deb Star.
Stepdaughter of Montgomery Pittman.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960 (one week before her 18th birthday).
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).
Best known for her roles as Terry Williams on The Danny Thomas Show (1953) and as the android Andrea in the first season episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of? (1966).
Her mother provided drama, singing and dancing lessons for Sherry and her two brothers, Curtis L. Jackson and Gary L. Jackson, "from the time they were very little".
In 1967 she began a five-year relationship with business executive and racehorse breeder Fletcher Jones, which ended on November 7, 1972, when Jones was killed in a plane crash eight miles east of Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County, CA.
Five months after Jones' death, she filed suit against his estate, asking for more than $1 million, with her attorneys stating that Jones promised to provide her with at least $25,000 a year for the rest of her life. The litigation proved to be unsuccessful.
Profiled in the 2016 book, "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?", by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher.
In an interesting connection, she was a guest star on the Maverick (1957) episode, Maverick: Red Dog (1961), which formerly starred James Garner, and, in 1975, guest starred on Garner's The Rockford Files (1974) series, in the episode The Rockford Files: The Real Easy Red Dog (1975).

Personal Quotes (2)

[on why she left the sitcom The Danny Thomas Show (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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