Anne Jackson

Actor, Acting teacher
A celebrated American stage actress and advocate and teacher of "The Method," Anne Jackson appeared sporadically in TV and film projects, occasionally in tandem with her husband Eli Wallach. Anna June Jackson was born ... Read more »
Born: 09/03/1926 in Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA


Actor (46)

Lucky Days 2010 (Movie)

Corkey (Actor)

ER 2003 (Tv Show)


The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

Reader (Actor)

Man of the Century 1999 (Movie)

Margaret Twennies (Actor)

Something Sweet 1999 (Movie)


Law & Order 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


River of Steel 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Folks! 1992 (Movie)

Mildred Aldrich (Actor)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

Adele (Actor)

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Actress (Actor)

Everything's Relative 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)


Are We Winning, Mommy? America and the Cold War 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Sam's Son 1984 (Movie)

Harriet Orowitz (Actor)

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Family Man 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Shining 1980 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The Bell Jar 1978 (Movie)

Dr Nolan (Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Sub-Prioress Mildred--Mistress of Novices (Actor)

Independence 1975 (Movie)

Abigail Adams (Actor)

Dirty Dingus Magee 1970 (Movie)

Belle Nops (Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

The Angel Levine 1970 (Movie)

Lady in the Store (Actor)

Zigzag 1970 (Movie)


The Secret Life of an American Wife 1968 (Movie)

Victoria Layton (Actor)

How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life 1967 (Movie)

Muriel Lazlo (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Gloria Fiske (Actor)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

Myra Sullivan (Actor)

The Journey 1959 (Movie)

Margie Rhinelander (Actor)

The Doctor 1951 - 1953 (TV Show)


Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)


So Young, So Bad 1950 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

A Private Battle (TV Show)


A Woman Called Golda (TV Show)


Baby M (TV Show)


Blinded By the Light (TV Show)


Leave 'Em Laughing (TV Show)


Tennessee Williams (TV Show)


The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)


The Web (TV Show)



A celebrated American stage actress and advocate and teacher of "The Method," Anne Jackson appeared sporadically in TV and film projects, occasionally in tandem with her husband Eli Wallach. Anna June Jackson was born in Allegheny, PA (now part of Pittsburgh) and was studying in New York with famed acting coach Sanford Meisner by age 17. In 1944, she made her stage debut playing Anya in a Wilmington, Delaware, production of "The Cherry Orchard" and the next year played a smaller role in a Broadway production of the same play. Soon, Jackson was appearing in a new play on Broadway each year. She earned strong notices in 1948 creating the role of Nellie Ewell in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" and for "Oh Men! Oh Women!" (1953). Jackson was nominated for a Tony Award for her work as Edward G Robinson's daughter in "Middle of the Night" (1956). Jackson also played the title role of "Major Barbara" the same year. In 1961, she played Daisy in the Broadway production of Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" starring with Wallach and Zero Mostel. The following season, she and Wallach were paired in the double bill of "The Tiger" and "The Typist," for which she won an OBIE Award. (They repeated their roles in London in 1964.) Later, Jackson won critical kudos for her turn as Ethel Rosenberg in Donald Freed's 1970 Broadway play, "Inquest." She and her husband and their daughters Roberta and Katherine were featured in a 1973 production of "The Waltz of the Toreadors" and the couple later performed "An Evening With Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach" for several years from 1977. Their last joint Broadway appearance to date was in the short-lived revival of "Cafe Crown" in the 1988-89 season. Jackson's TV and film roles often saw her playing either warm motherly types or overbearing parents, sometimes simultaneously. She made her film debut in 1950 as Jackie in "So Young, So Bad," an independent production produced by its star Paul Henreid. Jackson and two other hopefuls, Anne Francis and Rosita (later Rita) Moreno, played prison inmates being helped by a psychiatrist. Despite the success of the picture, it was nine years before Jackson was again in front of a film camera, this time for "The Journey," in which she was one of an ensemble cast trying to leave Budapest. In 1960, she played one of her first screen mothers, as the Jewish wife of Ray Walston who chides him into letting Anthony Perkins play basketball in "Tall Story." Again, it was several years before Jackson was in film again, this time opposite Wallach, in "The Tiger Makes Out," based on their Off-Broadway success. She earned much acclaim in 1968 as the neglected spouse posing as a call girl in "The Secret Life of an American Wife." Jackson was one of the nuns involved in a Watergate-like break-in in the satirical "Nasty Habits" (1976), a psychiatrist in "The Bell Jar" (1979) and Tom Selleck's mother in "Folks!" (1992). Jackson's work in TV dates back to 1949, with an episode of "Academy Theatre" and she worked with some regularity in the medium while most of the series were based in New York. When TV production shifted to California in the early 60s, Jackson's assignments became more sporadic. She made her TV-movie debut in "The Family Man" (CBS, 1979), and played Bella Abzug in "Out on a Limb," the 1987 ABC miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's autobiography. In the late 70s, she did a regular stint on the soap opera "Love of Life" and in 1987 played Jason Alexander's mother in the short-lived CBS series "Everything's Relative." Jackson occasionally appeared in TV episodes as well, and was particularly memorable in a 1977 installment of "Rhoda," in which she was a waitress who helps Rhoda realize it is all right for a woman to go out for an evening by herself. Along with her occasional work in television, Jackson worked steadily in small character roles in film, including playing a doctor in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). Jackson retired near the turn of the millennium, her final film role coming as a grandmother in "Something Sweet" (2000). Anne Jackson died April 12, 2016 in her Manhattan home. She was 90.


Stella Germaine Jackson


John Jackson


Beatrice Jackson

born c. 1923

Katherine Jackson

born c. 1919

Eli Wallach Actor

Married March 5, 1948

Katherine Wallach


Roberta Wallach


Peter Wallach



The New School for Social Research

New York, New York 1943

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York, New York 1943 - 1944
studied with Sanford Meisner

Actors Studio

New York, New York 1948
studied with Herbert Berghof and Lee Strasberg



Had title role in Off-Broadway production of "The Madwoman of Chaillot"


Starred opposite husband Eli Wallach and daughter Roberta Wallach in Anne Meara's stage play "Down the Garden Paths"


Played the imperious mother of Johnny Twennies (Gibson Frazier) in "Man of the Century"


With husband, wrote and performed in the stage piece, "Tennessee Williams Remembered"


Co-starred in the comedy "Folks"


With Wallach, was featured in "Cafe Crown", Off-Broadway and on Broadway


Had regular role on the CBS TV series "Everything's Relative"


Portrayed Bella Abzug in the ABC miniseries "Out on a Limb"


Narrated and co-starred with Ingrid Bergman in the syndicated miniseries "A Woman Called Golda"


Cast as a doctor in Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Shining"


Made TV-movie debut, "The Family Man" (CBS)


Appeared in "The Waltz of the Torreadors" opposite Wallach and their daughters


Played Ethel Rosenberg in "Inquest" on Broadway


Co-starred with Wallach in feature "The Tiger Makes Out"; film version of "The Typist" and "The Tiger"; first of eight features with her husband


Made London debut in "The Typist" and "The Tiger", by Murray Schisgal; recreated NY stage roles opposite Eli Wallach


Starred on Broadway with Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel in "Rhinoceros"


Played the daughter in Broadway production of "Middle of the Night", starring Edward G Robinson


Film debut in "So Young, So Bad"


TV debut in episode of "Academy Theatre" (NBC)


Broadway debut in "The Cherry Orchard"


Stage debut as Anya in "The Cherry Orchard" in Wilmington, Delaware

Had regular role on the CBS soap "Love of Life"

Bonus Trivia


Jackson has remained an active member of The Actors Studio and has taught there.