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us: Meadows, Jayne, 1919-2015


  • [Jayne Meadows was born to American missionaries in China in 1919. She was the older sister of the actress Audrey Meadows. Her family returned to America in the 1920s. She started acting on Broadway in 1941, then moved to film and television. She acted in both dramas and comedies, and also appeared in variety shows. She was a regular panelist on several game shows, including I've got a secret, from 1952-1967. She married actor-comedian Steve Allen in 1954, with whom she freqently performed and collaborated until his death in 2000. She died in 2015.]

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    • us: Cotter, Jayne Meadows, 1919-2015
    • us: Cotter, Jane Meadows, 1919-2015
    • us: Allen, Jayne Meadows, 1919-2015
  • Sources

    • found: Everything you always wanted to know about home computers [SR] p1983: label (Jayne Meadows)
    • found: LC data base, 4/3/85 (hdg.: Meadows, Jayne, 1926-)
    • found: Halliwell's filmgoer's companion, 12th ed. (Meadows, Jayne, 1926- ; aka Jayne Cotter; actress)
    • found: LC data base, April 18, 2014 (hdg.: Meadows, Jayne, 1920-)
    • found: IMDb, April 18, 2014 (Jayne Meadows; b. Sept. 27, 1920, Wuchang, China; birth name: Jane Meadows Cotter; lives in Encino, California)
    • found: NNDB: Jane Meadows, viewed May 18, 2007 (Jayne Meadows; b. Sept. 27, 1920, Wuchang, China)
    • found: Wikipedia, April 18, 2014 (Jayne Meadows; b. Sept. 27, 1919, Wuchang, China; American stage, film and television actress, author, and lecturer; birth name; Jane Meadows Cotter; also known as Jayne Meadows Allen)
    • found: United States Consular reports of births, 1910-1949, National Archives and Records Administration, viewed online at Ancestry.com, April 18, 2014 (Jane Cotter; b. Sep. 27, 1919 in Wuchang, China)
    • found: New York times (online), viewed Apr. 28, 2015 (in obituary published Apr. 27: Jayne Meadows; b. Jayne Meadows Cotter, Sept. 27, 1919, Wuchang, China, where her parents were Episcopal missionaries; the family moved back to the U.S. in 1927 [1921? Sources cited in the Wikipedia article on her sister Audrey Meadows show that the family returned to the U.S. in 1921 and that Audrey was born in New York City in 1922], and her father eventually became rector of Christ Church in Sharon, Conn.; after attending a girls' boarding school, she went to New York to be an actress; originally billed as Jayne Cotter, but she and her sister Audrey both changed their professional name to Meadows; m. Milton Krims, 1948 (div.); m. Steve Allen, 1954 (d. 2000); d. Sunday [Apr. 26, 2015], Encino, Calif., aged 95; glamorous redheaded actress who starred on Broadway, in the movies, and on television, but who was probably best known for her 46-year role as Steve Allen's wife, business partner, and frequent co-star)
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    • [Jayne Meadows was born to American missionaries in China in 1919. She was the older sister of the actress Audrey Meadows. Her family returned to America in the 1920s. She started acting on Broadway in 1941, then moved to film and television. She acted in both dramas and comedies, and also appeared in variety shows. She was a regular panelist on several game shows, including I've got a secret, from 1952-1967. She married actor-comedian Steve Allen in 1954, with whom she freqently performed and collaborated until his death in 2000. She died in 2015.]
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