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Jayne Meadows



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
28% The Story of Us
  • Dot
1999
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
80% Casino
  • Herself
1995
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
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 The Ratings Game (The Mogul)
  • Herself (special appearance)
1984
No Score Yet Computability
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Suspense
  • Actor
1952
80% 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

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