Jackson Hunsicker, 'Ten Little Indians' Screenwriter, Dies at 69

Jackson Hunsicker - Publicity - S 2017
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She also directed features that starred Helen Hunt, Don Ameche and Burgess Meredith.

Jackson "Jackie" Hunsicker, who co-wrote the screenplay for Ten Little Indians, which starred Donald Pleasence and Brenda Vaccaro in a 1989 big-screen adaptation of the famed Agatha Christie novel, has died. She was 69.

Hunsicker died Friday in Studio City after a recurring battle with cancer, her cousin Ned Nalle announced.

Hunsicker also wrote and directed The Frog Prince (1988), starring Helen Hunt, and Oddball Hall (1990), a comedy starring Don Ameche and Burgess Meredith. Those films, as well as Ten Little Indians, were made for the Cannon Group.

She also wrote for the 1995 ABC series The Marshal, starring Jeff Fahey.

A native of Philadelphia, Hunsicker attended the Springside School in her hometown and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She worked in New York City and San Francisco before heading to Los Angeles.

After a bout with breast cancer, Hunsicker created the 2006 book Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities, which featured photos of women who were bald from chemotherapy doing what they loved. The portraits were taken by top photographers in the country.

Hunsicker also was the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Reading Glass Project, which asks travelers to Third World countries to purchase reading glasses from RGP and give them to local folks in need. The initiative has benefited thousands of people.

She was married and divorced from the late Christopher Pearce, a former head of production at Cannon, and director Leon Ichaso.

Survivors include her brother J. Freedley Hunsicker Jr., her sister Louisa Pierson and her nieces and nephews Lissa, Maree, Louise, Jack, Mia, Jesse, Sabina, Trip and Jake.

A memorial is set for 11 a.m. on Jan. 27 at St. Paul's Church in Philadelphia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Reading Glass Project. For more information, contact Nalle at ned@copperbeeches.tv.