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  • Place of birth : Miami
  • Date of birth : 02/08/1959

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  • Jackson Victoria

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Victoria Jackson (1959)

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Victoria Jackson is an American comedian, actress, satirist and singer best known as a cast member of the NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1992.

Starting in 2008, she has appeared on various television shows. She has received attention as a vocal critic of President Barack Obama, and an active participant in the Tea Party movement. Some question whether her extreme right wing persona is authentic or satire.

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 early life
Jackson was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Marlene Esther (née Blackstad) and James McCaslin Jackson, a gym coach. Raised by devout Christian parents in a home without a television, she was trained in gymnastics by her father from ages 5 to 18. Jackson attended the private Dade Christian School, where she was a cheerleader and the Homecoming Queen. She subsequently attended Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Florida. Fourteen years of gymnastics competitions led to a scholarship at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She also spent one year at Auburn University, before earning a degree in theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Appearing in summer stock in Alabama led to a chance meeting with Johnny Crawford , who cast her in his night club act. She moved to Los Angeles where she supported herself with various day jobs as a cigarette girl, a typist at the American Cancer Society, and a waitress, while she performed stand-up comedy at night. Her first big break was her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where she performed what would become her signature act: doing a handstand while reciting poetry. She ultimately appeared on the show 20 times. Before being cast on SNL, she appeared on various television series including The Jeffersons and co-starred in the pilot W*A*L*T*E*R, a M*A*S*H spin-off.

 personal life
In 1984, Jackson married Nisan Mark Eventoff, who was a fire-eater and magician. They had one daughter, Scarlet, before divorcing in 1990. She was reunited in 1991 with her high school sweetheart, Paul Wessel, a police helicopter pilot for Dade County Florida. They were married and have a daughter, Aubrey. The family lives in Florida. In 2010, she became a grandmother to Ever.

career
Following her departure from Saturday Night Live, Jackson 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 movie No More Baths in 1998. She appeared in the Comedy Central series Strip Mall, in 2000. She had a regular role in the Nickelodeon show Romeo!, with Lil' Romeo for its first season, from 2003 to 2004, as the nanny, Mrs. Rodgers. In 2005, Jackson starred in the second edition of the VH1 show Celebrity Fit Club. In 2006 she was cast as Lolita Dorchuck in the mockumentary 20Q directed by Benjamin Keith.

She continues to perform stand up, often appearing with other ex-SNL players (most frequently Joe Piscopo and Don Novello as "Father Guido Sarducci").

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