Jayne Meadows (1919–2015)


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One of four children (two older brothers, one younger sister) born to American missionaries, Jayne Meadows (née Jane Cotter) was born September 27, 1919, in China. The family returned to the US in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, speaking Chinese and other foreign languages at the time before learning English... See full bio »

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City Slickers Mitch's Mom
(1991)
Alice in Wonderland The Queen of Hearts
(1985)
(1951)
College Confidential Betty Duquesne
(1960)

Filmography

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 1999 The Story of Us
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 1999 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Connie Masters
- The Roast (1999) ... Connie Masters
 1998 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Mrs. Cochran
- Shaggy Dog, City Goat (1998) ... Mrs. Cochran
 1997 The Nanny (TV Series)
Jayne Meadows
- No Muse Is Good Muse (1997) ... Jayne Meadows
 1995-1996 High Society (TV Series)
Alice Morgan
- The Family Jewels (1996) ... Alice Morgan
- Alice Doesn't Pump Here Anymore (1996) ... Alice Morgan
- Nip and Tuck (1996) ... Alice Morgan
- Finnigan's Rainbow (1995) ... Alice Morgan
- Tomb with a View (1995) ... Alice Morgan
 1995 Casino
Jayne Meadows
 1994 Tom (TV Series)
Marianne
- Daddyshack (1994) ... Marianne
 1993 For Goodness Sake (Short)
 1993 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
Jayne Meadows
- Episode #1.1691 (1993) ... Jayne Meadows
 1993 Sisters (TV Series)
Ida Benbow
- A Kick in the Caboose (1993) ... Ida Benbow (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1992 The Player
Jayne Meadows
 1991 Mathnet (TV Series)
Lady Esther Astor Astute
- Despair in Monterey Bay (1991) ... Lady Esther Astor Astute
 1991 Square One Television (TV Series)
Lady Esther Astor Astute
- Episode #4.6 (1991) ... Lady Esther Astor Astute
 1991 City Slickers
Mitch's Mom
 1990 Murder by Numbers
Pamela
 1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon (TV Movie)
Charlotte Brink
 1987-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Olga Oseransky
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... Olga Oseransky (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Visiting Daze (1987) ... Olga Oseransky
- Russian Roulette (1987) ... Olga Oseransky
 1978-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Jayne Meadows / Janice / Mrs. Tate / ...
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Jayne Meadows (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Gothic Romance/Whatever Happened to Crazy Joe Flash?/We'll Meet Again (1986) ... Janice (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Soap Gets in Your Eyes/A Match Made in Heaven/Tugs of the Heart (1984) ... Mrs. Tate (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life (1982) ... Gwen Finley (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover (1980) ... Gertrude Benson (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
- Rosie (1986)
 1986 A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Movie)
Matilda Hussey (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lila Lee Amberson
- Murder by Appointment Only (1986) ... Lila Lee Amberson (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1985/II Alice in Wonderland (TV Mini Series)
The Queen of Hearts
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Fran Clark
- Detours (1985) ... Fran Clark (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1985 Da Capo
Mrs. Thomas
 1982-1983 It's Not Easy (TV Series)
Ruth Long
- You Made Her Love You (1983) ... Ruth Long
- Taking Sides (1983) ... Ruth Long
- Neal Kills Johnny's Fish (1983) ... Ruth Long
- My Dinner with Andrea (1983) ... Ruth Long
- All Night Long (1983) ... Ruth Long
 1979-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Margaret Wharton / Beatrice Solomon / Contessa / ...
- What's the Matter with Kids?/Island of Horrors (1983) ... Margaret Wharton (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Naughty Marietta/The Winning Ticket (1983) ... Beatrice Solomon (as Jane Meadows Allen)
- Druids/A Night in a Harem (1981) ... Contessa (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- The Cheerleaders/Marooned (1979) ... Liz Merrill (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
- Cowboy/Substitute Wife (1979) ... Nadine Winslow (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Holly Harkens
- The Beverly Woods Social Club (1983) ... Holly Harkens (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1982 Miss All-American Beauty (TV Movie)
Gertrude Hunnicutt
 1980-1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Melissa / Edwina Garth
- Cause for Concern (1982) ... Melissa
- 'Til Life Do Us Part (1980) ... Edwina Garth (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
 1981 Rise and Shine (TV Series)
Mrs. Moffett
- Pilot (1981) ... Mrs. Moffett
 1981 Enos (TV Series)
Ellen Cromwell
- The Shaming of the Shrew (1981) ... Ellen Cromwell
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
Jayne Meadows
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
Ruth LaCross
- Pilot: Part 1 (1980) ... Ruth LaCross
 1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Jessica Humboldt
- Sign of the Ram (1979) ... Jessica Humboldt
 1979 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Marlene Baker
- Sighting 4026: The Atlantic Queen Incident (1979) ... Marlene Baker
 1979 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Marian Chandler
- The Man in the Chair (1979) ... Marian Chandler
 1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You (TV Movie)
Rita
 1977 Sex and the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Irma Caddish
 1977 Switch (TV Series)
Andrea
- Eden's Gate (1977) ... Andrea
 1976 The Nancy Walker Show (TV Series)
Georgia
- Rival Agents (1976) ... Georgia
 1976 The Practice (TV Series)
Mrs. Milnor
- The Snow Job (1976) ... Mrs. Milnor
 1976 Norman... Is That You?
Adele Hobart
 1976 James Dean (TV Movie)
Reva Randall
 1974 Witness to Yesterday (TV Series)
Cleopatra
- Cleopatra (1974) ... Cleopatra
 1974 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
Mrs. Elkins
- The Cost of Giving (1974) ... Mrs. Elkins
 1973 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Ida Huntington
- Harbor Division (1973) ... Ida Huntington
 1972 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Miss Brandon
- Good Luck, Leftkowitz (1972) ... Miss Brandon
 1969-1972 Medical Center (TV Series)
Nurse Chambers
- Terror (1972) ... Nurse Chambers
- The Shattered Man (1971) ... Nurse Chambers
- Idolmaker (1971) ... Nurse Chambers
- The Imposter (1971) ... Nurse Chambers
- Crossroads (1971) ... Nurse Chambers
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Laura Trenton
- Lucy Stops a Marriage (1970) ... Laura Trenton
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Tana Wright (segment "Love and the Many Married Couple")
- Love and the Safely Married Man/Love and the Uncoupled Couple/Love and the Many Married Couple (1970) ... Tana Wright (segment "Love and the Many Married Couple")
 1969 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Eleanor Tangiers
- Next Week, East Lynne (1969) ... Eleanor Tangiers
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Lil
 1968 Now You See It, Now You Don't (TV Movie)
Ida
 1968 Good Morning World (TV Series)
Mary Margaret
- The Lady and the Pussycat (1968) ... Mary Margaret
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Bredan
- Does My Mother Have to Know?: Part 2 (1964) ... Mrs. Bredan
- Does My Mother Have to Know?: Part 1 (1964) ... Mrs. Bredan
 1957-1963 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Cavendish / Gloria Dalton / Ruby / ...
- My Son, the Monster (1963) ... Mrs. Cavendish
- The Dalton Gals (1962) ... Gloria Dalton
- San Fernando's Thanksgiving (1959) ... Ruby - San Fernando's Accomplice
- Cauliflower's Reducing Salon (1958) ... Ruthie
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Myra
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1962) ... Myra
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jean Fletcher
- The Man Who Thought for Himself (1960) ... Jean Fletcher
 1960 College Confidential
Betty Duquesne
 1959 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Liza Vincent
- Top Executive (1959) ... Liza Vincent
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Jayne Meadows - Panelist
 1956 Studio One (TV Series)
Leslie
- The Drop of a Hat (1956) ... Leslie
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Alice
- The Sport (1955) ... Alice
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Cora
- Red Gulch (1955) ... Cora
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- The Old Maid (1954)
 1952-1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Flamingo (1953)
- Love Trap (1952)
 1953 The Web (TV Series)
- End of the Line (1953)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Helen Brady
- F.O.B. Vienna (1953) ... Helen Brady
 1952 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Indian Summer (1952)
 1952 Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV Series)
Anna Ella Carroll
- Woman with a Sword (1952) ... Anna Ella Carroll
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Eva? Caroline? (1952)
 1951 David and Bathsheba
Michal
 1951 The Fat Man
Jane Adams
 1948 Enchantment
Selina Dane
 1948 The Luck of the Irish
Frances Augur
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
Janet Thayar
 1947 Dark Delusion
Mrs. Selkirk
 1946 Lady in the Lake
Mildred Havelend
 1946 Undercurrent
Sylvia Lea Burton
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Stage Play: The Gazebo. Comedy/mystery. Written by Alec Coppel. From a story by Myra Coppel and Alec Coppel. Minuet by Zoya Leporska. Production Design and Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Jerome Chodorov. Lyceum Theatre: 12 Dec 1958- 27 Jun 1959 (218 performances). Cast: Jayne Meadows (as "Nell Nash"), Walter Slezak (as "... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jane Meadows Allen | Jayne Meadows Allen | Mrs. Steve Allen | Steve & Jayne

Spouse:

Steve Allen  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Relatives:

Audrey Meadows (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

I have this tremendous energy. I just loved and love life. I love it today. I never want to die.

Trivia:

Attended an event at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the untimely passing of actor Tyrone Power. Four of his films were screened: Love Is News (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Razor's Edge (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947). Also in attendance were his children, Tyrone Power Jr., Taryn Power and Romina Power, and other actors who have worked with ... See more »

Trademark:

Often portrayed city girls, socialites and businesswomen See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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