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Anne Jackson, Who Was Half of One of the Most Famous Acting Couples, Dead at 90

Apr 14, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An actress whose work with her famous husband made them one of the most well-known acting couples in America has died. Variety reports that Anne Jackson died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan.

Jackson was the widow of acclaimed actor Eli Wallach, and collaborated frequently with Wallach.

“As a couple, Jackson and Wallach came close to the level of celebrity of Lunt and Fontanne or, later, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy,” Variety reports. “For five decades beginning in the early 1950s and ending in 2000, when they starred Off Broadway in Anne Meara’s comedy ‘Down the Garden Paths,’ they energized theater audiences with a wide range of synergistic emotions, from loving to combative.”

Wallach, who was known for film roles including “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “The Godfather Part III,” died in 2014 at age 98.

Jackson also appeared in film and on TV, but was better known for her stage work. She was a Tony nominee in 1956 for Paddy Chayefsky’s “Middle of the Night.”

Working together, Jackson and Wallach “won twin Obies for their efforts in [Murray] Schisgal’s 1963 Off Broadway double bill, ‘The Typists’ and ‘The Tiger,’ then starred together, directed by Mike Nichols, in Schisgal’s hit 1964 Broadway comedy ‘Luv’ (it ran 901 performances and won three Tonys) and, two decades later, in a second pair of the playwright’s one-acts, ‘Twice Around the Park,’ on Broadway in 1982,” Variety reports.

Here’s an amusing interview clip featuring Wallach and Jackson …

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