Jayne Meadows

Jayne Meadows

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)
  • Birthday: Sep 27, 1920
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of Episcopal missionaries, Jayne Meadows was born in China; she spoke nothing but Chinese until her parents returned to America in the early 1930s. The sister of Honeymooners co-star Audrey Meadows, Jayne Meadows began her film career in the mid-1940s as a contract player at MGM. Her velvety voice and self-confident bearing ruled out her being cast as simpering ingénues: Meadows excelled as cold-blooded "other women," vitriolic divorcees, and neurotic murderesses. Her best screen role was the double- and triple-crossing Mildred Haveland in Lady in the Lake (1946). For nearly five decades, Jayne was harmoniously married to her second husband, TV personality Steve Allen, with whom she has co-starred on dozens of variety programs and game shows, as well as Steve Allen's memorable PBS miniseries Meeting of Minds. Both she and her husband were nominated for Emmy Awards for their joint guest appearance on the TV series LA Law. Her more regular TV work included the third-billed role of Nurse Chambers on Medical Center (1969-73) and the part of Ken Howard's mother on the 1983 "dramedy" It's Not Easy. Meadows made an indelible impression through the power of her voice alone as Billy Crystal's gushing, unseen mom in the two City Slickers film comedies of the 1990s. She continued acting and appearing on-screen until the late 2000s; she died in 2015, at age 95.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

28% The Story of Us Dot 1999
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
79% Casino Herself 1995
18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold Mitch's Mother 1994
98% The Player Herself 1992
88% City Slickers Mitch's Mom 1991
No Score Yet Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Charlotte 1989
No Score Yet Murder by Numbers Pamela 1989
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Actor 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts 1985
No Score Yet The Ratings Game Herself (special appearance) 1984
No Score Yet Starfest Actor 1983
No Score Yet Starfest - The Stars Salute Public TV Actor 1983
No Score Yet Miss All-American Beauty Gertrude Hunnicutt 1982
No Score Yet Norman...Is That You? Mrs. Hobart 1976
No Score Yet It Happened to Jane Herself 1959
83% David and Bathsheba Michal 1951
No Score Yet Enchantment Selina Dane 1948
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish Frances Augur 1948
80% Song of the Thin Man Janet Thayar 1947
60% Lady in the Lake Mildred Havelend 1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent Sylvia Lea Burton 1946

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
Connie Masters
  • 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Mrs. Cochran
  • 1998
40% High Society
1995-1996
Alice Morgan
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Holga
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lila Lee Amberson
  • 1986
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Melissa Edwina
  • 1982
  • 1980
No Score Yet Medical Center
1969-1976
Nurse Chambers Nurse
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969

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