Best known for her six seasons as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live," Victoria Jackson, comedian, actress and recording artist, now star as the voice of "Mom Needlemeyer" in Nickelodeanss cartoon "Nightmare Ned." Jackson has also released a CD of childrens songs entitled "Ukulele Lady," and is the star of the soon-to-be released childrens video series "Kidazzle."
Jackson credits her inspiration, Lily Thomlin, and the unusual combination of competitive gymnastics (Victoria trained from age 1 – 18), a love of adventure and a finely tuned eye for silliness in human nature, as the things that launched her into a show business career. It didnt happen overnight, but it did require a French maids costume. It was actually Victorias ability to hold a handstand for over a minute that helped her break into Hollywood.
After graduating from high school, Jackson met Johnny Crawford of "The Rifleman" fame, who offered her a job in Los Angeles working as the comic relief for his nightclub act. In her next job, she sold cigarettes in a French maids costume at the venerable Variety Arts Center (since closed). It was there that Jackson persuaded the manager to let her perform a comedy routine on stage – with the handstand. Talent scouts saw her, and Victoria was invited to appear on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, where she eventually made over 20 appearances.
With this newfound fame, Jackson criss-crossed the country making nightclub and theatre appearances after the release of her comedy CD entitled "I Am Not A Bimbo." Jackson also guest starred on television series such as "In The Heat Of The Night," "The Jeffersons," "Perry Mason," "Diagnosis: Murder," "The Naked Truth," "Unhappily Ever After" and "Viper." She debuted in her first series regular role in the sitcom "Half-Nelson," with Joe Pesci. In 1986, she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" where her handstands on the update desk, impressions of Roseanne, Zsa Zsa Gabor and comic zaniness won her a devoted following. Her feature film credits include "Casual Sex?," "The Pick-Up Artist," "Baby Boom," "The Couch Trip," "I Love You To Death," "Family Business" and "UHF."
Jackson has returned to her native Miami, Florida where she married her high school sweetheart, a police helicopter pilot. When not busy raising her two young daughters, Jackson collects pictures of herself doing handstands in unusual places. She continues to play the ukulele and enjoys performing her comedy act around the country.