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Occupation  Actress/Artist
Spouse  Sam Jaffe (m. 1956–1984)
Role  Actress

Name  Bettye Ackerman
Years active  1953–1994
Siblings  Robert Ackerman
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Full Name  Bettye Louise Ackerman
Born  February 28, 1924Cottageville, South Carolina, U.S.
Died  November 1, 2006, Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Parents  Mary Baker Ackerman, Clarence Kilgo Ackerman
Movies and TV shows  Ben Casey, Rascal, Bracken's World, Return to Peyton Place
Similar People  Sam Jaffe, Norman Tokar, Dorothy Malone, Dorothy Kingsley

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Bettye Louise Ackerman (February 28, 1924 – November 1, 2006) was an American actress primarily known for her work on television.


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Early years

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Ackerman was born in Cottageville, South Carolina, (Another source says she was born in Williston, South Carolina.) the daughter of Clarence Kilgo Ackerman and Mary Baker Ackerman, and grew up in Williston, in Barnwell County in southwestern South Carolina, one of four children. She graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina in 1945 and left for New York City soon after. She studied theater at the graduate level at Columbia University and pursued art studies with Joseph Mugnaini and George DeGroat at Otis Art Institute.


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Ackerman played Dr. Maggie Graham on the ABC medical drama, Ben Casey, from 1961 until 1966. She played Anne Frazer on Bracken's World and the original Constance MacKenzie on the daytime program Return to Peyton Place. She appeared in an early episode of prime time soap Falcon Crest portraying the character of Elisabeth Bradbury. She also appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr: in 1965 she played the role of Amy Reid in the episode, "The Case of the Thermal Thief," and in 1966 she played Laura Brandon in "The Case of the Positive Negative." In 1977, she appeared in "Never Con a Killer," the pilot for the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang.


Ackerman's Broadway credits include A Meeting by the River (1979).


Ackerman's film debut came in Face of Fire in 1959.

Personal life

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On June 7, 1956, Ackerman, at 32, married her future Ben Casey co-star Sam Jaffe, who was then 65. Although there was a 33-year difference in their ages, the couple had a very successful and happy marriage- until Jaffe died of cancer in 1984. They had no children.

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She sold her home in Beverly Hills, California, and returned to South Carolina to be near her large extended family in 1998. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Ackerman was also a noted artist, who had numerous exhibits in both Beverly Hills and Columbia, South Carolina.


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Ackerman died November 1, 2006, after having suffered a stroke in Columbia, South Carolina. She was 82.


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  • Face of Fire (1959) as Grace Trescott
  • Companions in Nightmare (1968) as Sara Nicholson
  • Rascal (1969) as Miss Whalen
  • Television

  • Ben Casey (ABC) (1961–1966) as Dr. Maggie Graham
  • Breaking Point (ABC) as Eunice Osment in "Better Than a Dead Lion" (1964)
  • Bracken's World (NBC) (1970) as Anne Frazer, Bracken's secretary
  • The Sixth Sense (ABC) (1972) as Helene, a piano instructor, and mother of a psychic, who attempts murder
  • Falcon Crest (1982) as Elisabeth Bradbury
  • References

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