Sherry Jackson wore a memorable outfit on Star Trek
The seventh episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”, introduced viewers to Sherry Jackson who portrayed the android Andrea. And while the episode is a memorable one, not as much as her skimpy costume. The two-toned outfit criss-crossed in the front but offered little coverage on the sides of her body.
In the 1960s, according to Jackson, front cleavage was allowed but side cleavage was not. To enforce this rule, a censorship person was on the set every day. And while Jackson says the outfit helped make the episode memorable, it also required the use of double-sided toupee tape so that the material could be taped to her skin to prevent the outfit from being too revealing.
How Sherry Jackson got another job
During a break in filming, Jackson and a friend went to lunch at the Paramount commissary. She was still wearing the costume, and the room got quiet when she walked in because everyone was looking at her. Because all of the seats were full, she and her friend got a table in the director’s room where Blake Edwards, who had directed Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was sitting.
Edwards began pointing to Jackson and making hand signals to actor Craig Stevens who was sitting in another part of the room. He shouted “Sam! Sam!” which was a character in Edwards’ upcoming film “Gunn.” Without an audition, Jackson was offered the part and went on to play the seductress to Craig Stevens’ Peter Gunn.
Jackson went on to guest-star in two dozen other television series and four more movies after “Gunn” before she retired from acting in 1982. Now 79, she’s still an unforgettable actress who played a most memorable role.