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      Jayne Meadows

      Jayne Meadows

      Highest Rated: 90% City Slickers (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 26% The Story of Us (1999)

      Birthday: Sep 27, 1920

      Birthplace: Wu-ch'ang, China

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      City Slickers poster
      City Slickers
      Song of the Thin Man poster
      Song of the Thin Man
      David and Bathsheba poster
      David and Bathsheba
      Lady in the Lake poster
      Lady in the Lake
      Norman... Is That You? poster
      Norman... Is That You?
      The Story of Us poster
      The Story of Us

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      26% 58% The Story of Us Dot (Character) $27.1M 1999
      79% 93% Casino Self $42.4M 1995
      90% 64% City Slickers Mitch's Mother (Character) $119.8M 1991
      No Score Yet 57% Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon Charlotte Brink (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Masterpiece of Murder Matilda Hussey (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 40% The Ratings Game Self - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starfest - The Stars Salute Public TV Unknown (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 14% Miss All-American Beauty Gertrude Hunnicutt (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Ruth (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex and the Married Woman Irma Caddish (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 30% James Dean Reva Randall (Character) - 1976
      40% 70% Norman... Is That You? Adele Hobart (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Now You See It, Now You Don't Ida (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet College Confidential Betty Duquesne (Character) - 1960
      75% 32% David and Bathsheba Michal (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fat Man Jane Adams (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 48% The Luck of the Irish Frances Augur (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 73% Enchantment Selina Dane (Character) - 1948
      83% 71% Song of the Thin Man Janet Thayar (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Delusion Mrs. Selkirk (Character) - 1947
      60% 51% Lady in the Lake Mildred Havelend (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 53% Undercurrent Sylvia Lea Burton (Character) - 1946

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      91% 82% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 68% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      40% No Score Yet High Society Unknown (Character) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star),
      Writer
      1979 1981 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl With Something Extra Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954 1956 1958 1965 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Medical Center Unknown (Character) 1969-1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Eleanor Tangiers (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Mary Margaret (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959 1961 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Cora (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953