Jayne Meadows

Actor
Though she preferred to be called Mrs. Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows enjoyed a rich, varied and celebrated career under her own name, quite apart from that of her television pioneer husband and co-star. Born in China at ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1920 in Wu-Ch'ang, CN

Filmography

Actor (61)

It's Not My Fault 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Dot (Actor)

Civil Wars 1966 - 1967, 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1966 - 1967, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1966 - 1967, 1985 - 1986, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 (Movie)

Mitch's Mother (Actor)

Square One TV 1986 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Allen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mathnet: Despair in Monterey Bay 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Mitch's Mom (Actor)

Murder By Numbers 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss Universe Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Bison Show 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

54th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Rise and Shine 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Have I Got a Christmas For You! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Allen's Laugh-Back 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Medical Center 1969 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Norman... Is That You? 1975 (Movie)

Adele Hobart--Garson's Mother (Actor)

Vaudeville 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Art Linkletter Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

Michal (Actor)

Enchantment (Movie)

Selina Dane (Actor)

It's Not Easy (TV Show)

Actor

Lady in the Lake (Movie)

Mildred Haveland (Actor)

Miss All-American Beauty (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Married Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Song of the Thin Man (Movie)

Janet Thayer (Actor)

The Fat Man (Movie)

Jane Adams (Actor)

The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

Actor

The Luck of the Irish (Movie)

Frances Augur (Actor)

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she preferred to be called Mrs. Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows enjoyed a rich, varied and celebrated career under her own name, quite apart from that of her television pioneer husband and co-star. Born in China at the start of the Chinese Civil War, Meadows and her family escaped to America where she followed her acting dreams to Hollywood. A contract player for MGM after World War II, Meadows rose quickly from supporting such stars as Katharine Hepburn, William Powell and Myrna Loy to playing love scenes with the A-list likes of Tyrone Power in "Luck of the Irish" (1948) and David Niven in "Enchantment" (1948). In New York in the Fifties, Meadows participated in the industry innovations of live television drama and quiz shows, while also appearing on husband Steve Allen's various comedy revues and acting in both feature films and on episodic television. A three-time Emmy award nominee, recipient of the 1988 America Book Award and winner of a 1991 Living Legend Award from the Women's International Center, the an actress-comedienne-playwright-recording artist combined a starlet's beauty with the sharp mind of an academic, weathering a 60-year career to emerge as one of the last surviving links to the golden ages of both Hollywood and television. Jayne Meadows died at her home in Encino, California, on April 26, 2015, at the age of 95.

Relationships

Steve Allen Actor

Husband
Married July 31, 1954 until his death Oct. 30, 2000

William Allen

Son
Father, Steve Allen

Ida Cotter

Mother

Frank Cotter

Brother
Died of lung cancer 1981

G Cotter

Brother
Died January 1996

Milton Krims

Husband
Married Aug. 20, 1949 Divorced 1952

Audrey Meadows Actor

Sister
Born Feb. 8, 1922 Died Feb. 3, 1996

Francis Meadows Cotter

Father

EDUCATION

studied acting with Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and David Craig

Milestones

1999

Acted opposite Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Story of Us"

1995

Landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "High Society"

1995

Appeared as herself in Martin Scorsese's "Casino"

1994

Reprised role as Billy Crystal's mother in sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"

1992

Appeared as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

Played Billy Crystal's mother in "City Slickers"

1990

Returned to features in "Murder By Numbers"

1987

Named Grand Marshall along with husband Steve Allen for the 54th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade

1985

Played the Queen of Hearts in CBS TV-movie "Alice in Wonderland"

1983

Played Ruth Long on the short-lived ABC sitcom "It's Not Easy"

1976

Returned to features as Dennis Duggan's mother in "Norman. . . Is That You?"; last film for 14 years

1972

Panelist on the syndicated revival version of the game show "I've Got a Secret"

1968

Played Nurse Chambers on the popular CBS drama series "Medical Center"

1968

First TV-movie, "Now You See It, Now You Don't"; also featured Allen

1967

Was a regular on the CBS variety program "The Steven Allen Comedy Hour"

1961

Was a regular on the comedy variety program "The Steve Allen Show" after it moved from NBC to ABC during the tail end of its run

1960

Last film appearance for 15 years, "College Confidential"; first feature film she appeared in with husband Steve Allen

1954

Panelist on the short-lived ABC game show "What's Going On?"

1952

Panelist on game show, "I've Got a Secret" (CBS)

1948

Landed breakthrough film role as unsympathetic sister in "Enchantment"

1946

Film debut, "Undercurrent"

1940

Made Broadway debut in "Spring Again"

Had recurring role as Lynn Allen, assistant to a government research scientist, on the NBC adventure series "Man and the Challenge"

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