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Monday, April 27, 2015

Remembering Jayne Meadows 1919 - 2015

Actress Jayne Meadows, who died today at age 95, received three Emmy Award nominations for her roles in the PBS series, Meeting of Minds (1978) - which was created by her husband, Steve Allen - the NBC series, St. Elsewhere (1982), and the CBS sitcom, High Society (1996). She also played Nurse Chambers on the CBS drama, Medical Center, from 1969 to 1972 and Ken Howard's mother on the 1983 ABC sitcom, It's Not Easy.

Her film credits include Lady in the Lake (1947), Song of the Thin Man (1947), College Confidential (1960), City Slickers (1991) and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) as the voice of Billy Crystal's mother, The Player (1992), Casino (1995) and The Story of Us (1999). She was also a regular panelist on the CBS game show, I've Got a Secret, from 1952 to 1959, and she appeared in the 1978 Broadway revival of the play, Once in a Lifetime, with John Lithgow and Treat Williams.

Her elder sister was actress Audrey Meadows (The Honeymooners), and she was married to Mr. Allen from 1954 until his death in 2000.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Jayne Meadows' life and career.

She was the Mystery Guest on the CBS game show, What's My Line?, on August 1, 1954 (she and panelist Steve Allen were married on July 31, 1954).

Jayne and Audrey perform "Dungaree Dan and Chino Sue" in 1956 (the song was written by Steve Allen).

She and Steve Allen were the Mystery Guests on What's My Line? on December 23, 1956.

She played a reporter in the 1960 drama, College Confidential, which also starred Steve Allen and Mamie Van Doren.

She was a guest on The Judy Garland Show on October 18, 1963 (the episode aired in January 1964).

She was a guest on the ABC variety show, The Hollywood Palace, on February 10, 1968.

She appeared in an episode of Medical Center on March 11, 1970, with Chad Everett.

It's Not Easy was featured in a 1983 fall preview for ABC (at 4:26).

She appeared on a celebrity episode of the ABC game show, Trivia Trap, with Betty White and Vicki Lawrence on December 14, 1984.

She played the Queen of Hearts (opposite Robert Morley's King) in the CBS miniseries, Alice in Wonderland, in December 1985.

She and Steve Allen were guests on the syndicated talk show, The Wil Shriner Show, in 1987.

She appeared in an episode of High Society on November 27, 1995.

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