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

Bettye Ackerman

Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham and Vince Edwards as Ben Casey
Born February 28, 1924
Cottageville, Colleton County, South Carolina, USA
Died November 1, 2006 (aged 82)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
Spouse(s) Sam Jaffe (1956-1984, his death)

Ackerman 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.

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 at the age of eighty-two after having suffered a stroke.

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






  • Ben Casey (ABC) (1961-1966) as Dr. Maggie Graham
  • Breaking Point (ABC) as Eunice Osment in "Better Than a Dead Lion" (1964)
  • Bracken's World (NBC) (1970) as Anne Frazer, Bracken's secretary
  • The Sixth Sense (ABC) (1972) as Helene, a piano instructor, and mother of a psychic, who attempts murder

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