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Jayne Meadows

Meadows and Steve Allen, September 1987
Born Jayne Cotter
September 27, 1920 (1920-09-27) (age 89)
Wu-ch'ang, Heilongjiang, China
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1946–present
Spouse(s) Steve Allen (1954–2000)
Official website

Jayne Meadows (born September 27, 1920) is an American stage, film and television actress.


Early life

Jayne Meadows was born as Jane Cotter in Wu-ch'ang (now Wuchang), in Heilongjiang, China, to Episcopal missionary parents, the Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter and his wife, the former Ida Miller Taylor.[1] Ms. Meadows is the older sister of Audrey Meadows. Besides Audrey, she has two other siblings. The family later returned to their home in Sharon, Connecticut.


Meadows' most famous movies include: 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). and City Slickers (as the voice of Billy Crystal's oversolicitous mother).

Meadows was a regular panelist on the original version of I've Got a Secret and an occasional panelist on What's My Line?, the latter alongside husband Steve Allen. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood. During the early days of the burgeoning live entertainment scene in Las Vegas, the Allens occasionally worked together as an act.


Jayne Meadows is the sole survivor of four siblings. Her younger sister, actress Audrey Meadows, and two brothers, are all deceased.


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. [2]


The handprints of Jayne Meadows in front of the Theater of the Stars (Beauty and the Beast) at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Television work


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