Newswire: R.I.P. Jayne Meadows, veteran Broadway, film, and TV actress
Jayne Meadows, a Broadway, Hollywood, and TV veteran known for her sophisticated persona and her work alongside her husband and business partner Steve Allen, has died. According to Deadline, her son Bill Allen confirmed that she had died at home in Encino, CA over the weekend. She was 95.
Born the daughter of Episcopal missionaries in Wuchang, China, Meadows made her Broadway debut under her birth name of Jayne Cotter in the 1941 comedy Spring Again. Although she continued to perform sporadically on Broadway until the late ’70s, she made the leap to Hollywood in 1946,when she appeared in Undercurrent alongside Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum. Around this time, Meadows and her sister Audrey (who would later go on to star as Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners) changed their last name at the behest of MGM’s Louis B. Mayer.
Meadows’ first few years in Hollywood were …