Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows
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Meadows in 1985
Born
Jane Cotter

(1919-09-27)September 27, 1919
DiedApril 26, 2015(2015-04-26) (aged 95)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
OccupationActress, author
Years active1941–2009
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
  • Milton Krims
    (m. 1949;div. 1954)
  • Steve Allen
    (m. 1954;died 2000)
Children1
Relatives Audrey Meadows (sister)
Website www.jaynemeadows.com

Jayne Meadows (born Jane Cotter; [1] September 27, 1919 – April 26, 2015), also known as Jayne Meadows-Allen, was an American stage, film and television actress, as well as an author and lecturer. She was nominated for three Emmy Awards during her career and was the elder sister of actress and memoirist Audrey Meadows.

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Early life

Jayne Meadows was born Jane Cotter in 1919, [2] in Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the elder daughter of American Episcopal missionary parents, the Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter and his wife, the former Ida Miller Taylor, who had married in 1915. [3] Her younger sister was actress Audrey Meadows. She also had two brothers. In the early 1930s, the family settled in Sharon, Connecticut where her father had been appointed rector of Christ Church. [4]

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Career

Meadows' most famous movies include: Undercurrent (with Katharine Hepburn), Song of the Thin Man (with William Powell and Myrna Loy), David and Bathsheba (with Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Raymond Massey), Lady in the Lake (with Robert Montgomery and Audrey Totter), Enchantment (with David Niven and Teresa Wright). Louella Parsons presented to Meadows the Cosmopolitan Award for Finest Dramatic Performance of 1949, for, Enchantment .[ citation needed ]

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Later life and death

With husband Steve Allen circa 1980s Jayne Meadows Steve Allen.jpg
With husband Steve Allen circa 1980s

She was married to Steve Allen from 1954 until his death in 2000. They had one son, Bill. Allen's three children from his first marriage (Stephen Jr., Brian and David) are her stepchildren. [5]

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Meadows was active in Republican affairs although Steve Allen was a Democrat. She was the recipient of several Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from various universities. [6]

Meadows remained active until 2009 when she fell and fractured her hip. Her last public appearance was in August 2009 at the Early TV Memories First-Class Commemorative Stamp Dedication Ceremony. She died on April 26, 2015, of natural causes at her home in Encino, California, aged 95. [7] She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, beside Steve Allen. [8]

Filmography

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