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Mary Jackson (November 22, 1910 - December 10, 2005) was an American character actress whose nearly fifty-year career began in 1950 and was spent almost entirely on television. She is best known for the role of the lovelorn Emily Baldwin in The Waltons and was the original choice to play Alice Horton in the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. She in fact played the part in the unaired pilot although the role was subsequently taken by Frances Reid.[1]

Mary Jackson
Born(1910-11-22)November 22, 1910
DiedDecember 10, 2005(2005-12-10) (aged 95)


Early yearsEdit

Born in the village of Milford, Michigan,[2][3] She earned a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 1932.[4]

She was a schoolteacher during the Great Depression for one year before pursuing her interest in the theater.[5]

She returned to college, enrolling in Michigan State University's fine arts program and, subsequently, began her performing career on Chicago stage, in summer stock and, at the start of the period referenced as the Golden Age of Television, in New York City and, as the 1960s began, in Hollywood.[6]

Mary Jackson was survived by her husband of 68 years, Griffin Bancroft Jr., to whom she was married from July 4, 1937 until her death, in Los Angeles, from Parkinson's disease, two-and-a-half weeks just after her 95th birthday.[7]

Always close to her Michigan roots, Jackson was a charter member of the Milford Historical Society. Jackson was instrumental in 1988 in raising money to rebuild the Oak Grove Cemetery Bridge over the Huron River - a bridge that connected the Village of Milford to its oldest burial grounds. Jackson was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, in her hometown of Milford, Michigan.[8]

Select filmographyEdit






  • Parenthood (1990–1991, TV Series) as Great Grandma Greenwell
  • Skinned Alive (1990) as Crawldaddy
  • The Exorcist III (1990) as Mrs. Clelia
  • Criminal Behavior (1992, TV Movie) as Mrs. Cline
  • Leap of Faith (1992) as Emma Schlarp
  • A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993, TV Movie) as Emily Baldwin
  • Christy (1994, TV Series) as Aunt Polly Teague
  • A Walton Wedding (1995, TV Movie) as Emily Baldwin
  • Ozone (1995) as Cleaning Lady
  • A Family Thing (1996) as Carrie
  • A Walton Easter (1997) as Emily Baldwin (final film role)


  1. ^ "Waltons Actress Dies at 95",, 20 December 2005.
  2. ^ Rossiter, Joe. "Mary Jackson: 'Waltons' Actress Kept Milford Close", Detroit Free Press, December 14, 2005, page B5.
  3. ^ Donaldson, Stan. "Actress Wills Pair of Old Homes to Her Hometown", Detroit Free Press, October 2, 2006, page B1.
  4. ^ "Mary Jackson, Milford: Actress played Miss Emily in 'The Waltons' TV series", The Detroit News, December 14, 2005.
  5. ^ "Mary Jackson, 95, Actress Known for Her Role on 'The Waltons'", Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2005, p. B11
  6. ^ "Mary Jackson Character Actress", The Washington Post, December 22, 2005, page B08.
  7. ^ "Waltons Star Dies Aged 95",, December 16, 2005.
  8. ^ "Mary Jackson (1910-2005) - Find A Grave Memorial".

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