Known for movies

Short Info

DiedFebruary 11, 2005, Hampton, Virginia, United States
FactShe suffered from Parkinson's disease in later years but she worked regularly on film projects until a stroke in 1997 which made speech more difficult.

Mary Jackson (née Goode; April 9, 1921 – February 11, 2005) was an American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She worked on the development of the space shuttle program and was the first African-American woman to serve as an engineer at NASA.

Born in Hampton, Virginia, Jackson was one of seven children. Her father, Samuel L. Goode, was a professor at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), and her mother, Ella Goode, was a schoolteacher. Jackson’s parents encouraged her to pursue her education, and she attended Hampton Institute, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical science in 1942.

Jackson began her career as a math teacher in Maryland before moving to Washington, D.C., to work as a secretary at the United States Department of the Interior. In 1951, she joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. At NASA, Jackson worked as a human computer, performing calculations by hand to support the development of the space shuttle program. She also co-authored a research paper on the thermal protection system used on the space shuttle.

In 1979, Jackson was promoted to engineer, becoming the first African-American woman to hold that title at NASA. She continued to work on the space shuttle program until her retirement in 1985.

After retiring from NASA, Jackson remained active in the engineering community, serving on the boards of several professional organizations. She also mentored young women interested in engineering careers.

Jackson died in 2005 at the age of 83. In 2016, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

General Info

Full NameMary Jackson
DiedFebruary 11, 2005, Hampton, Virginia, United States
EducationHampton University


ChildrenCarolyn Marie Lewis, Levi Jackson Jr.
ParentsFrank Winston, Ella Scott Winston


MoviesFun with Dick and Jane, Big Top Pee-wee, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, Targets, A Family Thing, Leap of Faith, Airport, Skinned Alive, Kid Blue, My Town
TV ShowsParenthood, Hardcastle and McCormick

Social profile links


1She suffered from Parkinson's disease in later years but she worked regularly on film projects until a stroke in 1997 which made speech more difficult.
2Was the original Alice Horton on the Days of Our Lives (1965) unaired pilot. The role was then assumed by Frances Reid for the TV broadcast who has played her since the show's TV debut.




Legion2016Mrs. Clelia
A Walton Easter1997TV MovieEmily Baldwin
A Family Thing1996Carrie
Ozone1995Cleaning Lady
A Walton Wedding1995TV MovieEmily Baldwin
Christy1994TV SeriesAunt Polly Teague
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion1993TV MovieEmily Baldwin
Leap of Faith1992Emma Schlarp
Criminal Behavior1992TV MovieMrs. Cline
Good & Evil1991TV SeriesAunt Chloe
Parenthood1990-1991TV SeriesGreat Grandma Greenwell
The Exorcist III1990Mrs. Clelia
Skinned Alive1990Crawldaddy
L.A. Law1989TV SeriesMrs. Weedon
Knight & Daye1989TV Series
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers1989TV Movie
Heartbeat1989TV SeriesRuth Grant
Big Top Pee-wee1988Mrs. Dill
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1988TV SeriesEsther Lovell-Mingott
Hunter1987TV SeriesClara
Stingray1987TV SeriesAmelia Brewster
Highway to Heaven1986TV SeriesRose
My Town1986TV MovieMrs. McDaniel
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1985-1986TV SeriesLois Mendelson
The Jeffersons1985TV SeriesMrs. Donahue
Space1985TV Mini-SeriesFrankie
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesGrandmother
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesSarah Wicks
The Mississippi1983TV SeriesEmily Tarleton
Magnum, P.I.1983TV SeriesGrandmother MacKenzie
Family Ties1982TV SeriesEdna
A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieEmily Baldwin
Some Kind of Hero1982Frances
Between Two Brothers1982TV MovieEddy Frazer
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesMrs. Shanley
Open All Night1982TV SeriesConnie Feester
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieEmily Baldwin
Hart to Hart1981TV SeriesPhony Grandma
A Small Killing1981TV MovieRose
The Two Lives of Carol Letner1981TV MovieGrandmother Mary
The Waltons1972-1981TV SeriesEmily Baldwin
The Rockford Files1979TV SeriesPostal Supervisor
Letters from Frank1979TV MovieEdna Miller
The Runaways1979TV SeriesMartha Hendrix
Dear Detective1979TV Series
A Death in Canaan1978TV MovieSarah Biggens
Coming Home1978Fleta Wilson
The Bionic Woman1977TV SeriesMartha
Columbo1977TV SeriesAnnie
Audrey Rose1977Mother Veronica
Barnaby Jones1973-1977TV SeriesMary Jackson / Hilda Forbes / Karen's Landlady
Fun with Dick and Jane1977Jane's Mother
The Streets of San Francisco1974-1976TV SeriesMrs. Clemons / Landlady
The Rookies1974TV SeriesMrs. Callender / Woman
The Manhunter1974TV SeriesMary Cotton
Our Time1974Miss Moran
Blume in Love1973Louise
Of Men and Women1973TV Movie segment "Never Trust a Lady"
Kid Blue1973Mrs. Evans
The F.B.I.1965-1972TV SeriesRuth Mason / Nurse / Mrs. Dreiser / ...
Banyon1972TV SeriesAmelia Ogilvie
Terror House1972Evelyn Smith
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine1972Witness
Return to Peyton Place1972TV SeriesNell Abernathy (1973-1974)
The Failing of Raymond1971TV MovieLatin Teacher
Cannon1971TV SeriesMrs. Wells
Wild Rovers1971Sada's Mother
The Name of the Game1971TV SeriesJaimie White
Mary Tyler Moore1971TV SeriesMrs. Arnell
The Bold Ones: The Senator1970TV SeriesMrs. Ellis
Room 2221969-1970TV SeriesMrs. Lanahan / Miss Dunphy
Airport1970Sister Felice
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesWardrobe Mistress
Lancer1969TV SeriesHarpy / Maude Bigelow
Peyton Place1968TV SeriesGladys Roberts
Targets1968Charlotte Thompson
The Invaders1967-1968TV SeriesHattie Willis / Nurse
Run for Your Life1967TV SeriesMrs. Foster
The Second Hundred Years1967TV SeriesMother Superior
Insight1967TV SeriesSharon
CBS Playhouse1967TV SeriesMrs. Stone
The Andy Griffith Show1964-1966TV SeriesMiss Vogel / Mrs. Parnell Rigsby
The Fugitive1964-1966TV SeriesCarolyn Fletcher / Nurse Oberhansly / Ellie Parker
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1965TV SeriesMrs. MacIntyre
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesMrs. McCrae
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesNurse Paulson
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1962-1963TV SeriesZedda Parsnips / Mrs. Kenny / Mrs. Grindle / ...
The Twilight Zone1963TV SeriesMiss Pepper
Stoney Burke1962TV SeriesMrs. Carrol
My Three Sons1961-1962TV SeriesIrene / Selena Bailey
Hazel1961TV SeriesFlora Duncan
Route 661961TV SeriesJudge Mary Lindstrom
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1960TV SeriesMrs. Krieger
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesPhyllis Barton
Cavalcade of America1957TV Series
Friendly Persuasion1956Country Woman (uncredited)
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesLisa / Agnes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956TV SeriesMrs. Wilson
Robert Montgomery Presents1955-1956TV SeriesMrs. Gross
Anything Can Happen1952Jane Shantz (uncredited)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1952TV SeriesAunt Edna
Fireside Theatre1951TV Series
Rocky King, Detective1950TV SeriesHelen Burns

Archive Footage

Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryCharlotte Thompson
The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons1980TV MovieEmily Baldwin

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Write A Comment

Pin It