Once upon a time, Sherry Jackson was a child star who everyone thought was going to rule the acting world for years to come. The Idaho native went ahead to hold her own for more than a number of years, taking on different roles before deciding to call time on her career over a dislike on the direction in which it was heading. Read on to find out more about her achievements, earnings, and what fueled her decision to quit Tinseltown.
Sherry Jackson’s Biography
Sherry Jackson was welcomed to the world on the 15th of February, 1942, in Wendell, Idaho. She was born to Maurita Kathleen Gilbert and Curtis Loys Jackson, Sr. Not much is known about her parents other than the fact that her mother gave her children; Sherry and brothers, Curtis Jr. and Gary, drama, singing, and dancing lessons at a young age.
Following the death of her father, the Jackson family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1948, with the hopes of Sherry being able to forge a career in entertainment. There are conflicting reports as to how exactly Maurita was able to get her daughter to land an audition, however, Sherry Jackson first went ahead to have a screen test with Olivia De Havilland for The Snake Pit before landing a role alongside Anne Baxter and Dan Dailey in the musical You’re My Everything (1949).
In 1950, Sherry appeared on The Lion and the Horse. She went on to form a close friendship with co-star Steve Cochran, who played a huge role in helping her mother find love again. Cochran introduced Maurita to his writer friend Montgomery Pittman who ended up marrying her in a small ceremony in 1952.
Sherry Jackson continued to land various roles all through the 1950s. They include that of Susie Kettle in the Ma and Pa Kettle movies, Amy Morgan in The Breaking Point (1950) – alongside John Garfield, Jacinta Marto in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952), and Carole Williams in Trouble Along the Way (1953) – alongside actor John Wayne. In 1955, Sherry’s stepfather wrote her a role in the drama Come Next Spring, which also starred Cochran.
By the late 1950s and 1960s, Sherry Jackson, who had now grown into a beautiful young lady, was able to show her acting reach by taking on a wide range of roles as a guest star in different television series. Some of her roles include that of a hitwoman on 77 Sunset Strip (1959-1960), a freed Apache captive in The Tall Man (1961), an alcoholic in Mr. Novak (1963-1965), an accused murderer in Perry Mason (1963), and an unstable expectant mother on Wagon Train (1964).
Other classic roles she bagged around that time include appearances in Batman (1966), Lost in Space (1966), and more significantly, Star Trek (1966) where she played the role of Andrea the android, wearing a very revealing costume.
On the film front, she appeared in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), Wild on the Beach (1965), Gunn (1967), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), and The Monitors (1969).
Where is the Actress Now?
All through the 1970s and 80s, Sherry Jackson was only able to land guest appearance roles in different television shows. Some of the shows include Love, American Style, Barbary Coast, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, The Blue Knight, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, The Incredible Hulk, Fantasy Island, Vega$, Charlie’s Angels and CHiPS among others. She also appeared in the films Bare Knuckles (1977) and Stingray (1978).
After taking on those roles, the former child star felt she was being type-cast as a sexy femme fatale for roles, and so got tired of her acting career. She ended up retiring at the age of 40, a decision she has since said she regrets since it would have been better off for her if she just took a break.
Having ended her acting career more than three decades ago, it is surprising to find out that Sherry Jackson has managed to maintain her wealth for a long period of time, as she is reportedly wealthier than most people in the profession today. According to a number of inside sources, the actress has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
While it is assumed that she made most of her money from her acting career, Sherry is thought to have received a significant sum from the estate of business executive and horse breeder Fletcher R. Jones. The pair were in a five-year relationship before Jones met his untimely death via a plane crash. Five months after his demise, she filed a lawsuit asking for more than $1 million, what would be around $5.6 million in today’s money value. Her attorneys argued that Jones had promised to provide his partner with at least $25,000 a year for the rest of her life.