Born in 1959, Victoria lived in the shadow of her tormented aunt. Marlene was convinced her daughter could avoid schizophrenia only if she became an extreme extrovert. So Victoria was banished from doing any "woman's work," her mom says — no household chores or cooking.

She became attached to her dad, a physical education teacher at North Glades Elementary, near Carol City, where they lived. Jim Jackson believed his family had a gene that inclined them toward obesity. "He said I was 'genetically inferior,'" Victoria says. "I think it made me nuts. That's probably where my eating disorders came from."

Her childhood was spent on balance beams and parallel bars. From age 4, she could do a handstand, a move that would make her famous on SNL.

Victoria Jackson at a gig hosting a Christmas show on a Florida beach.
Giulio Sciorio
Victoria Jackson at a gig hosting a Christmas show on a Florida beach.
Half Nelson, her sitcom pilot with Joe Pesci, lasted six glorious episodes.
Courtesy of Victoria Jackson
Half Nelson, her sitcom pilot with Joe Pesci, lasted six glorious episodes.

Nearly every hour that wasn't spent in school or church, she practiced in their yard or at a nearby gym. She would tumble on gravel until her hands were bloody. "I did not like gymnastics at all," Victoria says. "My hands were ripped. My hip bones had bruises on them. My knees are permanently injured. My neck got cracked once. I mean, doing 200 situps is not fun."

Her brother, Jim Jr., one year younger, was too introspective and ruminative for his dad. "We thought he was stupid," Jim Sr. says of his son, who is now a Los Angeles architect. The kid's crime: being born after Victoria, making him too small for Dad's elaborate male-and-female gymnastic routine called adagio. "I was a disappointment at birth," Jim Jr. says.

The children were trapped in their father's cinema-inspired fantasy world. Jim Sr. had Victoria flip through rings of fire. Or her brother would hang upside down over a burning log while she threw torches at it. "The flames started licking at my hair," Jim Jr. recalls. "I was frozen stiff, frightened out of my mind."

In 1974, Jim Sr. paid $52,000 for a more upscale, three-bedroom place in Miami Shores. Victoria, a cheerleader at the private high school Dade Christian, dated a perfectly postured Baptist boy named William Paul Wessel, who was so strait-laced he carried a briefcase to class. By the time she graduated in 1977, Saturday Night Live had premiered its star-making rookie cast, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi.

She had never watched the show. The family had no TV set. The only movies she knew were The Sound of Music and The Love Bug. When her dad asked what she wanted to do with her life, she remembers earnestly replying, "I'd like to be Julie Andrews on the top of a mountain singing with my children in matching outfits with a ukulele."

But freed from her dad, the gymnastics Gestapo, "Vicky went a little crazy," her brother says. She broke up with her beau, Paul, and bounced from Broward's Florida Bible College to South Carolina's Furman University to Auburn University in Alabama. The summer before her senior year, she took up an art she had been raised to believe was one step above the occult: theater.

It was at a rehearsal in Birmingham for Meet Me in St. Louis that her impromptu acrobatics and helium voice caught the attention of the production's celebrity draw. Johnny Crawford had played Chuck Connors's son on the TV Western The Rifleman 20 years earlier. Intrigued, he took Victoria to lunch, and on the way, she did a handstand on a fire hydrant and a tractor tire. Jeez, Crawford recalls thinking. There's nothing like this girl. "I felt like I had discovered something really special."

When he offered her a one-way plane ticket, she quit school to live on his couch in the Hollywood Hills. (Victoria finally got her bachelor's degree in theater in 2010, at Palm Beach Atlantic University.) She was the impossibly high-pitched queen in a production of Hamlet at the Variety Arts Center in downtown L.A., and Crawford introduced her to his friend Hugh Hefner. At the Playboy mansion, Victoria stood on her head and recited poetry while half-naked Bunnies looked at her quizzically.

That strange shtick became Victoria Jackson's comedy act. She was upside down, warbling a song about a mugger, when screen agent Dolores Robinson first saw her in a tiny upscale Beverly Hills wine bar called Englander's. "I'd never seen anything like her before," Robinson says.

"Some people thought I was a genius," Victoria recalls. "Some people thought I was retarded."

Now that she's a Fox News proselytizer, there's an element of heavy-handed parable to Victoria's life story: good girl corrupted by Hollywood. And it's no mystery in what role she has cast Nelson "Nisan" Eventoff, whom she met when she was 22 years old. She used to publicly refer to him — until he threatened to sue her for it — only as "Satan."

They worked the same venues. He was a fire-eater and sword-swallower who played the piano in blackface. She was smitten. Victoria claims Nisan rolled the first joint she ever smoked. "It made me very creative, horny, and paranoid," she says. Then he brought her to the Silver Lake home he shared with several other hippies, dogs, finches, and a ferret. There she lost her virginity to the fire-eater.

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VollyfromtheBlog
VollyfromtheBlog like.author.displayName 1 Like

I just feel sorry for her. Most people who go off the ideological rails are damaged. It's rather obvious in her case. Name one person who sees her as a human being and not a joke. He husband, maybe. Everyone has a need to be taken seriously. Those who can truly joke about themselves have gained a sense of self-respect. She never did, and so she continues squeaking into the air. Very sad.

Chilidawg
Chilidawg like.author.displayName 1 Like

Her mother was psychotic, that explains a lot.

Petzl
Petzl like.author.displayName 1 Like

This woman is exemplary of the adage, A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And in her case, it's very little knowledge.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

This woman has more 'nads' then any GOP or DEM in congress to stand up to who she does without compunction. She knows as any conservative entertainer knows, step out of the liberal lockstep goosestepping out there and you might as well put a KKK hood on your head and forget working in that decadent dump called Hollywood ever again.

She's the female Dennis Miller and other SNL alums will follow suit when THEY too grow up as well someday, those that CAN at least.

Granted, I imagine It's hard to do (grow up) when you get paid millions to play make believe for a living while in a walking drug and alcohol induced coma for much of their adult lives and live in a east/west coast cocoon, where 'liberal think' is the only 'think', and flyover country is where their lear jets dump their wizz and excrement on the way to and from work, awards ceremonies, court dates and bi yearly rehab stints...

azlefty
azlefty

Poor little Nicky, all of your has been heroes are just that has beens who are milking you and your ilk for every penny they can get. At least Ice T was honest when he put out Cop Killer and said he was "pimipng" everyone for the money

As for Conservatives in Hollywood, funny how the talent is still there!Trace Adkins: Wilfred BrimleyJerry BruckheimerJames CaanDrew CareyAdam Carolla -he will be on the TEA Party circus before long though due to his lack of talent Tom ClancyJon CryerClint EastwoodMel GibsonKelsey GrammerTom SelleckFred Thompsonand the list goes on!

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Ray Butt
Ray Butt like.author.displayName 1 Like

Scariest thing I've read in a while.

Daniel
Daniel like.author.displayName 1 Like

'Later she says, "I feel like I'm the only person who has reason, common sense, and sanity."'

someone needs to point Ms. Jackson to the Wikipedia page for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Halloween_Jack
Halloween_Jack

This both confirms every negative thing I've ever heard or thought about Jackson and makes me feel a little sorry for her. (Just a little, though.)

BurtAllen
BurtAllen

Sounds like another "REALITY" series is coming.

Barry Smith
Barry Smith like.author.displayName 1 Like

I didn't realize until I read this article that she truly IS as slow and ignorant as her stage persona. And now, scary.

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Darrell G. Ragland
Darrell G. Ragland like.author.displayName 1 Like

This article was very hard for me to read, not only the writing but the story. It's obvious this woman is showing the initicial signs of schizophrenia. It's only a matter of time before she goes completely off the deep end. Until then she is nothing more that a one woman circus side-show, a freak who doesn't realize she is a freak. Goodbye Victoria, you're lost in your own world.

Douglas J E Barnes
Douglas J E Barnes

I keep waiting for her to come out as having punked the Tea Party movement. If not, at least she's turned the name "Victoria Jackson" into a punchline.

ttt207
ttt207 like.author.displayName 1 Like

and if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of air swirling between her ears.

Janet C
Janet C like.author.displayName 1 Like

I bet you don't have to listen very carefully to hear the swirling between your ears.

ttt207
ttt207

O2 sat's a little elevated between your ears judging by the depth and originality of your response.

TheColoredHand
TheColoredHand

Could this article BE any nastier, left-winged, vicious, and WRONG? Shes smart, politically astute, and STILL hot! Ever see most of these lib chicks when they hit 50? Forget 50-try 30! THIS is why we need a Tea Party, and why VJ should be the MAJORITY in Follyweird!

M
M like.author.displayName 1 Like

8/10, nice troll.You would have got a higher score if you used "libtard" and "socialist".

M
M like.author.displayName 1 Like

I don't care about this poor lady with her mental illness.However, the scary part is that people in power or trying to achieve power think like her.That should scare the hell out of everyone.

Donald
Donald

excuse me? those interviews are great! my wifes' mom makes $63/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $5177 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more about it www.MakeCash29.com

Rough Tongue
Rough Tongue like.author.displayName 1 Like

What was that actress that got all the interviews when John Ritter died? This seems more like pay attention too me then an actual "Tea Party Representative" Yeah, mental disorder too the max......

timmmahhhh
timmmahhhh

If you want to keep up with stories about the crazy lady, Facebook has a page called "Victoria Jackson is batsh** crazy."

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Ruin the party? These people aren't worried about us. They're not worried about anything. They're rich. No matter what happens, these people just keep applauding.

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos(taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). Even the sources of their fortunes remain fairly constant.

Rural_Texas
Rural_Texas

I don't know where to begin...this woman is just totally fruit loops. And Fox gives her an audience.

dutchs
dutchs

No, alcoholics don't have drunk pride parades. They have bars. And football and NASCAR events where alcohol is part of the experience. And Wall Street doesn't have greed pride parades - they just totally deny there's anything wrong with what they're doing. Liars don't hold lie marathons - they just pay lobbyists to deny climate change, and build creationist theme parks.

ixijimixi
ixijimixi

*Marlene's much-adored sister, Angeline Rose, had developed schizophrenia as a teenager and died in a state hospital.*

If she were born today, she'd be writing for Breitbart

Nadgie T
Nadgie T

I oNly read the first page and when the dads comment " my son is 300 pounds"" appeared, I knew I had to stop reading. I used to be a fan now I won't even finish the story. It's sad when an actor goes downhill. They will do anything for attention. Even make believe they are crazy.

Pedantic Douchebag
Pedantic Douchebag like.author.displayName 1 Like

Phil Hartman is dead, and she gets to live? Yeah, THANKS, universe.

Jf
Jf like.author.displayName 1 Like

Poor dear Victoria. She has not a clue! I think she is desperate and is being used, but she doesn't know it, so I guess it's OK. She had a career, she crazied it away and now she has nothing left but crazy!

kawb1011
kawb1011 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow...her dad's a real piece of work, isn't he? I think she's a loon, but I can kind of understand why, growing up under the influence of such a hyper-critical ass.

Ha!
Ha!

Victoria Jackson is a dumb tea-party cunt. Fuck her.

Guest
Guest

The face of mental illness.

claudia
claudia

"Victoria says she knew nothing about politics and rarely voted."

"I liked the idea of getting $100,000 a week for having five lines that someone else wrote, and I could do airhead better than anyone. That's my specialty! It would be effortless."

This just proves she's been trolling this whole time. I've also wasted 5 min of my life reading this crap. Victoria Jackson is not interesting and is officially a moron.

runarounsue
runarounsue

Nice article, her dad sounds funny, actually makes me like her even though I dont agree with her views on politics

timmmahhhh
timmmahhhh

Her dad is part of the problem, perpetuating the sad societal demand that you are supposed to hate yourself if you're fat. I suppose that is considered conservative humor. Speaking of, isn't it ironic now that the two SNLers who made it big on FOX are her and Dennis Miller?

Madge
Madge

I think it's interesting to have a broader look at her life, especially to see how and why her crazy has developed. And her parents live near me. I had no clue!

Roberto Jose Burnett
Roberto Jose Burnett

Why would you validate this "person" with any sort of media attention or story? Of course I could kick myself because I was once a fan - but her sudden turn to the right is both saddening and disgusting.

Kevlarcardhouse
Kevlarcardhouse

Seeing as how she is still being taken seriously as a political pundit, I would say the point of this media story is to invalidate her.

let's dance
let's dance

After reading this I want to cry for her. While reading the bible go to the book of Melachi 1:2, then go to3 John 1. Then go visit ms. rootoff and get what ever has a hold on you off.

 
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