Biography

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

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

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1910-11-22

Day of Death 2005-12-10

Place of Birth Milford, Michigan, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Open All Night (1 episode)
2016 Legion as Mrs. Clelia
1996 A Family Thing as Carrie
1995 Ozone as Cleaning Lady
1994 Christy (1 episode)
1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion as Emily Baldwin
1990 Parenthood (12 episodes)
1990 The Exorcist III as Mrs. Clelia
1990 Skinned Alive as Crawldaddy
1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers
1988 Big Top Pee-wee as Mrs. Dill
1986 L.A. Law (1 episode)
1986 My Town as Mrs. McDaniel
1984 Highway to Heaven (2 episodes)
1984 Hunter (1 episode)
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (2 episodes)
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (67 episodes) as Sarah Wicks
1982 Family Ties (1 episode)
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (1 episode) as Grandmother
1982 Cagney & Lacey (1 episode)
1982 Between Two Brothers as Eddy Frazer
1981 Hill Street Blues (1 episode)
1980 Magnum, P.I. (1 episode)
1980 When the Whistle Blows (1 episode)
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1978 The Runaways (2 episodes)
1978 Coming Home as Fleta Wilson
1977 Audrey Rose as Mother Veronica
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane as Jane's Mother
1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1975 The Jeffersons (1 episode)
1974 The Manhunter (1 episode)
1973 Blume In Love as Louise
1973 Kid Blue as Mrs. Evans
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (2 episodes)
1972 The Waltons (36 episodes) as Emily Baldwin
1972 The Rookies (2 episodes)
1972 Terror at Red Wolf Inn as Evelyn Smith
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Annie
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 Wild Rovers as Sada's Mother
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1 episode)
1970 Airport as Felice
1968 Lancer (2 episodes)
1968 Targets as Charlotte Thompson
1967 The Invaders (1 episode) as Hattie Willis (1 episode) as Nurse
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (5 episodes)
1963 The Fugitive (3 episodes)
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1961 Hazel (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (3 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)

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