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Jan Hooks, Dolly Parton, and Jackson in a 1989 SNL sketch.
Jan Hooks, Dolly Parton, and Jackson in a 1989 SNL sketch.

Victoria Jackson (b. August 2, 1959, in Miami, Florida) is an American comedian and actress best known as a cast member of the NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1992. Dolly Parton and two impersonating comedians on Saturday Night Live This work is copyrighted. ... Dolly Parton and two impersonating comedians on Saturday Night Live This work is copyrighted. ... Jan Hooks in 1988 Jan Hooks (born April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live, on which she appeared from 1986 to 1991. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. ... The Late Eighties Dick Ebersol left the show after the 1984-1985 season, when the network refused his request to shut the program down entirely for 6 months and shift much of the material onto tape, not live broadcast. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Magic City Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Raised by devoted Christians in home without a TV, she was trained in gymnastics by her gym-coach father from ages 5 to 18. Jackson attended a private Christian high school, Dade Christian School, where she was a cheerleader and the Homecoming Queen. Three years of gymnastics competitions led to a scholarship at Furman University in South Carolina. She also spent one year at Auburn University. Dade Christian School is a ministry of New Testament Baptist Church. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, forward rolls, aerials and tucks. ... The Bell Tower Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian, liberal arts university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. ...


Appearing in summer stock in Alabama led to a chance meeting with Johnny Crawford (The Rifleman) who cast her in his night club act and gave her the ticket that brought her to Los Angeles. Supporting herself with various day jobs a cigarette girl, a typist at the American Cancer Society, and a waitress at a retirement hotel while she performed stand-up comedy. This resulted in her first big break, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson doing what would become her signature bit: doing a handstand while reciting poetry. She would eventually appear on the show 20 times. Johnny E. Crawford (born March 26, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a medical organization with a corporate attitude in the United States. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show during the years that Johnny Carson hosted from 1962 to 1992. ...

The Season One cast of Romeo! with Victoria Jackson (far left) as Mrs. Rogers.
The Season One cast of Romeo! with Victoria Jackson (far left) as Mrs. Rogers.

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Saturday Night Live

In 1986 she was hired to join Saturday Night Live for its 12th season, following Lorne Michaels firing of most of the 11th season's cast and writers in his second season back as executive producer. The only cast members who survived from the 11th were Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. Her fellow rookies that year included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, and Kevin Nealon. Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Michael Lipowitz on November 17, 1944) is an Emmy-winning Canadian-born television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. ... Dunn at the Laws of Attraction priemere. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... Dana Thomas Carvey (born June 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was an Emmy-winning Canadian/American graphic artist, writer, actor, voice artist, and comedian. ... Jan Hooks in 1988 Jan Hooks (born April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live, on which she appeared from 1986 to 1991. ... Kevin Nealon Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. ...


Jackson became most famous for her appearances on Weekend Update with Miller, again reciting poetry while doing backbends or handstands on the desk (with Miller cracking a suggestive comment about her at the end) or, in the cases of the episode hosted by Steve Martin and another hosted by Demi Moore, singing and dancing on the Weekend Update desk. Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... Demi Moore (born Demetria Gene Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress. ...


After many such appearances had established her character, Jackson goes to read a poem, but stops and says in a low, throaty voice, "I can't do it anymore. I can't do this Victoria 'airhead' thing anymore." She then removed her blonde wig to reveal a butch brunette wig underneath, announcing that she couldn't believe people thought that her goofy routine was for real, and that she would be doing serious political commentary on the show from that point onward.


Recurring Characters on SNL

  • Brenda Clark from Toonces the Driving Cat
  • Jenny Baker, a Christian girl who appears on "Church Chat"
  • Nancy Maloney, a nightclub singer for The Jungle Room
  • Susan Keister, the daughter of the Keister family (played by Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks)

Toonces is a fictional sketch character from the NBC television series Saturday Night Live. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was an Emmy-winning Canadian/American graphic artist, writer, actor, voice artist, and comedian. ... Jan Hooks in 1988 Jan Hooks (born April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live, on which she appeared from 1986 to 1991. ...

Celebrity Impersonations

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Acting Career Apart From SNL

Jackson makes sporadic film appearances, including leading roles in Casual Sex? (with Lea Thompson) and UHF (with "Weird Al" Yankovic, whom she dated in 1990). She also had roles in Baby Boom, The Pick-up Artist, The Couch Trip and I Love You To Death during the time she starred on Saturday Night Live. Since that time, minor roles in movies have been in direct-to-video type fare. Lea Thompson in Back to the Future. ... UHF was rereleased on DVD in 2002 by MGM UHF (also known as The Vidiot from UHF) is a comedy cult film made in 1989. ... Weird Al Yankovic (album) Alfred Matthew Weird Al Yankovic (IPA pronunciation: ; born October 23, 1959) is an American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, and television producer. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... A baby boom is any period of greatly increased birth rate within temporal and usually geographical bounds. ... The Pick-Up Artist The Pick-Up Artist is a 1987 film written and directed by James Toback. ... DVD case cover for I Love You to Death I Love You to Death is a 1990 crime/comedy film, directed by Lawrence Kasdan. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ...


Even before being cast on SNL, Jackson had appeared on various television series including The Jeffersons. She co-starred in W*A*L*T*E*R, a M*A*S*H spin-off that featured Walter "Radar" O'Reilly as a St. Louis police officer. This show aired only as a pilot episode two years before Jackson joined SNL. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... W*A*L*T*E*R was a pilot for a spin-off of M*A*S*H made in 1984 that was never picked up. ... M*A*S*H title screen from the television series M*A*S*H was a media franchise active, in various forms, from 1968 to 1986. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ...


Following her departure from Saturday Night Live, Jackson has starred in an X-Files episode The Rain King as the unrequited love of a small town man who can control the weather. She appeared in the Nickelodeon show Romeo!, with Lil' Romeo as the nanny, "Mrs. Rodgers." However, she was only in the series for its first two seasons, from 2003 to 2004. Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Romeo! was an American television series that began in 2003 starring rapper Lil Romeo. ... ...


Jackson is a self-proclaimed devout Christian and frequently appeared on programs such as The 700 Club and Politically Incorrect. She has also appeared in the Comedy Central series Strip Mall, in 2000. In 2005, Jackson starred in the second edition of the VH1 show Celebrity Fit Club. While on Celebrity fit Club, Jackson lost 22 lbs, while this weight loss seems unimpressive compared to other contestants, Jackson is ranked #9 in the history of the show based on percentage of weight lost. Jackson started the show at 167 lbs and weighed 145 at the finale. Since the show ended in 2005, Jackson stated on a VH1 interview that she weighs about 157 lbs, gaining back 12 lbs. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Christianity. ... The on-air personalities of The 700 Club The 700 Club is the flagship news talk show of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing on cables ABC Family and in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. ... Politically Incorrect was a late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1995 to 2002. ... Comedy Central is a cable television and satellite television channel in the United States and, as of October 19, 2006, in Poland[1] and of January 15, 2007 in Germany[2]. Two more countries are following, from April 30 in the Netherlands and from May in Italy. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Celebrity Fit Club is a reality television series which follows eight overweight celebrities as they try to lose weight for charity. ...


Most recently in 2006 she was cast as Lolita Dorchuck in the mocumentry 20Q directed by Benjamin Keith. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Jackson continues to perform stand up, often appearing with other ex-SNL players (most frequently Joe Piscopo and Don Novello as "Father Guido Sarducci"). She also appears at Christian-oriented venues. Joe Piscopo (born June 17, 1951, Passaic, New Jersey) is an American comedian, known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci Don Novello (born January 1, 1943, Lorain, Ohio) is an American, writer, film director, producer, actor and comedian. ... Don Novello as Fr. ...


Personal Life

Jackson married Nisan Eventoff, who was a fire-eater, in 1984. They had one daughter, Scarlet. They divorced in 1990. In 1991 she was reunited with her high school sweetheart, Paul Wessel, a police helicopter pilot for Dade County. They were married and have had second daughter, Aubrey. Jackson is noted for posing for pictures doing a handstand, including family vacation photos.


The family lives in Miami, Florida.


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Comedian Victoria Jackson is an outgoing, gregarious, intelligent young woman whose high-pitched voice and comedy appearances with Johnny Carson and on "Saturday Night Live" have convinced many people she is something of a ditzy blonde.
Born in Miami, Florida on August 2, 1959, daughter of James and Marlene Jackson, she and her brother James Jr., now an architect in Los Angeles, were raised in an atmosphere of gymnastics and 1930's music (their father is a gymnastics coach, ex-vaudevillian and pianist), uncluttered by the pervasive influence of television.
Victoria splits her time between her home in the Hollywood Hills of California and her home in Miami where she spends her time between acting jobs, raising her daughters, working on her poetry book, writing songs with her ukulele, and enjoying her high school sweetheart, Paul.
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Victoria began her career in the make-up industry after graduating from cosmetology school.
Victoria enjoyed success as a premier Hollywood make-up artist for over 13 years and worked with a wide range of well-known celebrities including Jessica Lange, Robert Redford, Rene Russo, Kate Capshaw, Mel Gibson, and Michael Douglas, among others.
Victoria found instant success and went on to develop a full line of skin care and cosmetics that currently boasts over 100 products with gross sales totaling over $400 million.
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