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Iris Acker was an American actress.

Biography

Iris Acker was born on June 13, 1930 in Bronx, New York City, New York[1][2].

With a talent for light comedy and musicals, she once was one of the busiest actresses in Florida, appearing at nearly every large and small venue across the region. Yet she became as well-known to later generations as the creator, executive producer and host of a series of public television interview shows that championed the arts for 32 years.

She was the first woman president of the local chapter of the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists as well as serving on the national board, and became the first Actors’ Equity Liaison for the State of Florida. She created and paid for the region’s first casting hotline – on an answering machine – to help her colleagues find opportunities. Later, she began a half-price ticket program she dubbed “Ticket Madness” based in book stores and which evolved into WLRN’s Cultural Connection.

At some point, she married Phillip Yacker and had two children with him, but they divorced in 2010.

For Disney, she played Janet Howard in Flight of the Navigator.

She died on September 16, 2018 in Aventura in Florida at age 88 after a lengthy battle with cancer[3].

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