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Mary Jackson

One of those strikingly familiar matrons you just can't place, character actress Mary Jackson is probably best known for her recurring role as one of the delightfully eccentric bootlegging sisters, "Miss Emily" Baldwin, on the series The Waltons (1971) that ran for nine seasons. She was born November 22, 1910 in rural Milford, Michigan, and earned a bachelor's degree from West Michigan University in 1932. A Depression-era school teacher for one year before pursuing her interest in theater, she returned to college (this time Michigan State University) in a fine arts program. She started out on the Chicago stage and in summer stock before migrating to the larger stages in New York and Los Angeles. Film and TV roles did not come her way until well into middle age. Guesting on such TV shows as "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Twilight Zone," "My Three Sons," "Hazel," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Barnaby Jones" and "Highway to Heaven," she usually appeared as ladylike small-town citizens. She was also part of the ensemble in Peter Bogdanovich's first low-budget film thriller Targets (1968), which was Boris Karloff's last feature. In the 70s she started gathering up character bits here and there, such as her nuns in the all-star epic Airport (1970) and the horror Audrey Rose (1977). A variety of pleasant, maternal parts came her way, including Lynn Carlin's mother in the Blake Edwards' western Wild Rovers (1971) and Jane Fonda's in the comedy caper Fun with Dick and Jane (1977). She supported Fonda again in the Vietnam-era drama Coming Home (1978), was among the cast in the cultish Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and had a noticeable role in Steve Martin's Leap of Faith (1992). As for "The Waltons" success, character actress Dorothy Stickney played the part of Emily in the initial TV pilot along with Josephine Hutchinson as older sister Mamie. When the series came to fruition, Mary and actress Helen Kleeb, another one of those "I've seen her before" character faces, took over the spinster roles. Both she and Kleeb continued their sister act periodically in several Walton "reunion" TV-movies, which included assorted weddings and holiday gatherings. Both ladies made their final TV appearances in A Walton Easter (1997). Kleeb died of natural causes in 2003 at age 96. Mary passed away two years later at age 95 of complications from Parkinson's disease. - IMDb Mini Biography

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Nov 22, 1910 In Milford - Michigan - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Latest Project:
Movie A Family Thing 1996-03-29
Known For
Poster of Skinned Alive
Poster of شوخی با دیک و جین
Poster of Stoney Burke
Poster of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Movie A Family Thing Carrie 1996-03-29
Movie Ozone Cleaning Lady 1995-05-20
Series Christy Unknown 1994-04-03
Movie A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Emily Baldwin 1993-11-21
Movie Skinned Alive Crawldaddy 1990-01-01
Movie The Exorcist III Mrs. Clelia 1990-08-17
Series Parenthood 1990-08-20
Movie The Case of the Hillside Stranglers 1989-04-02
Movie Big Top Pee-wee Mrs. Dill 1988-07-22
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie My Town Mrs. McDaniel 1986-05-25
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Movie A Woman Calling Marion 1984-01-01
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Movie A Matter of Choice for Billy June Boyd 1983-05-10
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Sarah Wicks 1983-09-18
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie Between Two Brothers Eddy Frazer 1982-03-09
Movie Too Late to Talk to Billy June Boyd 1982-02-16
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
Movie Maeve Maeve Sweeney 1981-01-01
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie Iris in the Traffic, Ruby in the Rain Nurse 1981-11-24
Series Open All Night Unknown 1981-11-28
Series When the Whistle Blows Unknown 1980-03-14
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie Coming Home Fleta Wilson 1978-02-15
Series The Runaways Unknown 1978-04-27
Movie شوخی با دیک و جین Jane's Mother 1977-03-18
Movie Audrey Rose Mother Veronica 1977-04-06
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Series The Manhunter Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie Kid Blue Mrs. Evans 1973-01-31
Movie Blume In Love Louise 1973-06-17
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie Terror at Red Wolf Inn Evelyn Smith 1972-01-01
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Movie Wild Rovers Sada's Mother 1971-06-23
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie Airport Felice 1970-03-05
Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19
Movie Targets Charlotte Thompson 1968-05-15
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03