Dusty Christian bells must have begun clanging in Victoria's head. "I had a nervous breakdown," she says. She flew back to Miami and confessed to her mother, who took Victoria on her first visit to a gynecologist. Assured she was not pregnant, she then pondered her premarital predicament. If I married him, it wouldn't be such a bad sin, she thought. If I don't marry him, God will say, "She's a slut."

The couple wed in Los Angeles in 1984 and two years later had a daughter they named Scarlet.

The ditsy, slightly demented acrobat act plowed an unlikely road to comedy's big leagues. Victoria bought a Laurel Canyon bungalow with paychecks from Half Nelson, a quickly canceled pilot sitcom in which she played Hollywood detective Joe Pesci's dotty secretary. She was a regular performer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where one night she channeled Patti Smith, singing about being an "angry woman" while doing tricks on a balance beam.

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.

But when she flew to New York in 1986 to audition for SNL, executive producer Lorne Michaels curled his lower lip and lamented her lack of comedic characters. So the next time she was on Carson's show, she continued the audition by doing impressions of Diana Ross and Edith Bunker and inventing a character: a glum boss interviewing Carson for a job. She joined the SNL cast that season. With a fire-eater and new baby in tow, she bought a four-bedroom Colonial in Weston, Connecticut; hired a nanny; and commuted to Manhattan by train.

But Michaels's trepidation had been spot-on. Victoria's cast was a comedic murderer's row — including Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Dana Carvey — and she couldn't keep up. "I lived on pure adrenaline," she says. "You always think you're going to get fired. You're always competing with your cast members for air time."

Coming up with characters and premises for skits was a supreme struggle. She confesses that one of her funnier sketches — "Victoria's Secrets," in which she wore lingerie and throatily fumbled at being sexy — was a product of begging castmate Jon Lovitz and writer Conan O'Brien for ideas as they walked down an office hallway.

Her nasal voice nixed nuanced impressions. Besides doing backbends and reading poetry on the "Weekend Update" news desk, impressions of Roseanne Barr and Zsa Zsa Gabor were her only recurring gags.

Critics and former castmates haven't been kind. Nerve.com recently ranked her dead last of 92 all-time cast members and wrote that her "cute-ditsy-idiot act got pretty thin, [and] it turns out it wasn't an act." And in the 2002 book Live From New York, an oral history of the show, castmate Jan Hooks sniped, "I just have a particular repulsion to grown women who talk like little girls. It's like, 'You're a grown woman! Use your lower register!'" (Victoria, by the way, claims her weird voice is the result of a medical defect: a "congenital palatal insufficiency." )

Look, I'm not qualified for this, Victoria recalls thinking. Maybe this is my mission field. I'm supposed to tell my cast members about Jesus!

But Hartman didn't want to talk about the Son of God. And Lovitz asked how Jesus, "a grown man," could have fit in his mother's womb to be born again. When Victoria left audiocassette box sets of the Bible in each castmate's mail slot for Christmas, they were angrily returned.

Writer and performer Al Franken, now a Democratic U.S. senator for Minnesota, cornered her once, Victoria says. He said he was "offended" by her "ditsy" act. "Maybe I'm overcompensating," she retorted, "because everybody here is dying and going to Hell, and I'm supposed to tell them about Jesus."

Franken went white, she says. "He never talked to me again."

Victoria struggled to make the leap to film acting. Her biggest role was as a costar in 1988's Casual Sex?, an insipid rumination on sexual relationships in a post-AIDS world. It flopped. "The movie is exactly like the real thing," the Washington Post opined. "Kinda empty, kinda unfulfilling, and you feel just awful afterward." Victoria also played Weird Al Yankovic's love interest in UHF. Again, not a Brando-esque turn.

Besides the film proceeds, Victoria was making $20,000 per weekly episode of SNL, according to divorce records. In 1991, her ill-conceived marriage to the fire-eater finally sputtered. "He hated me more and more each day," she says. "One night he was fumbling around in the gun closet and he was drunk, and I thought, Is he going to kill me?"

A Connecticut judge ordered Victoria to pay Nisan alimony of 15 percent of her income, but not less than $3,000 a month, for three years. He also received a portion of the residuals from her films and, less financially momentous, her catalogue of ditties such as "I Am Not a Bimbo" and "I Wanna Be a Slut." (Victoria sells her songs on a self-published CD called Use Me. "Even my friends haven't listened to it," she admits.)

Nisan declined to be interviewed for this story. Still in Connecticut, he's now known as "the Magic Genie." His website boasts he "offers quality magic tricks at discount prices... He can even levitate one of the children! Fire effects are optional."

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VollyfromtheBlog
VollyfromtheBlog

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

Her mother was psychotic, that explains a lot.

Petzl
Petzl

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...

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Ray Butt
Ray Butt

Scariest thing I've read in a while.

Daniel
Daniel

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jf
Jf

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

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

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.

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.

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!

Janet C
Janet C

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

M
M

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

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?

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.

ttt207
ttt207

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

 
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