April 18, 1947|
Sand Springs, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lyman Ward (1986-1992) (divorced) 2 children|
Cindy Pickett (born April 18, 1947) is an American actress.
She is known for her 1970s role as Jackie Marler-Spaulding on the CBS soap Guiding Light; her role as Dr. Carol Novino on the television drama St. Elsewhere in the 1980s; for her critically acclaimed performance as the real-life Kay Stayner, the mother of a boy who was kidnapped for several years, in the dramatic TV movie I Know My First Name Is Steven; and for her cinematic roles and performances as Valerie St. John in Roger Vadim's little-known 1980 erotic cult film, Jeux de Nuit / Night Games, for which she would have the leading role, and as the tough-as-nails and heroic Dr. Jane Norris in the 1989 sci-fi-horror film DeepStar Six.
Pickett, however, is best known to audiences for her lighter turn as Katie Bueller, Matthew Broderick's loving and unsuspecting mother, in the 1986 classic American comedy movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Pickett made a major departure from her soap opera image when she played the central role in the 1980 erotic film Jeux de Nuit / Night Games, directed by Roger Vadim. It was a sexually charged role involving numerous nude scenes, however the film went unnoticed and did not boost Pickett's career. In the 1981 mystery/crime drama Margin for Murder, Pickett played the role of Velda, Mike Hammer's (Kevin Dobson) loyal and devoted secretary. She played "Jackie Marler" on the soap opera The Guiding Light from 1976 to 1980, "Vanessa Sarnac" on the ABC weekly TV series Call to Glory from 1984 to 1985, and she appeared on the hospital drama TV series St. Elsewhere from 1986 to 1988. In 1991 she played the part of Addy Mathewson in the TV movie/pilot Plymouth, which at the time was considered to be one of the most expensive such movies ever made.
Pickett was born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, daughter of Cecil Pickett, a director and drama teacher at the University of Houston. She dated Roger Vadim, who directed her in Night Games. She met Lyman Ward when they played the parents of the teenaged protaganist in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. They married in real life, divorcing shortly after playing the parents of the teenaged protaganist in the 1992 film Sleepwalkers, citing irreconcilable differences.
- The Ivory Ape (1980) (TV film)
- Jeux de Nuit / Night Games (1980)
- Circle of Power (1983)
- Call to Glory (1984–1985)
- St. Elsewhere Dr. Carol Novino (50 episodes, 1986–1988)
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
- DeepStar Six (1989)
- Crooked Hearts (1991)
- Our Shining Moment (1991)
- Sleepwalkers (1992)
- Son in Law (1993)
- Her Hidden Truth (1995)
- Hate Crime (2005)
- The Village Barbershop (2008)