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Bettye Ackerman

Bettye Ackerman
Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham and Vince Edwards as Ben Casey
Personal information
Birth dateFebruary 28, 1924
Place of birthCottageville, South Carolina, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 1, 2006(age 82)
Death placeColumbia, South Carolina, U.S.
SpouseSam Jaffe (1956-1984; his death)
ChildrenNo children
ParentsClarence Kilgo Ackerman and Mary Baker Ackerman

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

Ackerman was born in Cottageville, South Carolina 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 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.

On June 7, 1956, Ackerman, at thirty-two, married her future Ben Casey co-star Sam Jaffe, who was then sixty-five. 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.

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 and died in 2006 after having suffered a stroke in Columbia, South Carolina.

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

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