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Also Known As: Jane Meadows Cotter, Jayne Cotter, Jayne Meadows Allen Died:
Born: September 27, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wu-Ch'ang, , CN Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Story of Us, The (1999) Dot
2.
 Casino (1995) Herself
4.
 The Player (1992) Herself
5.
6.
 City Slickers (1991) Mitch'S Mom
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8.
 Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon (1989) Charlotte Brink
9.
 Masterpiece Of Murder, A (1986) Matilda Hussey
10.
 Ratings Game, The (1984) Herself
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1941:
Made Broadway debut in "Spring Again"
1946:
Film debut, "Undercurrent"
1948:
Landed breakthrough film role as unsympathetic sister in "Enchantment"
1952:
Panelist on game show, "I've Got a Secret" (CBS)
1954:
Panelist on the short-lived ABC game show "What's Going On?"
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Had recurring role as Lynn Allen, assistant to a government research scientist, on the NBC adventure series "Man and the Challenge"
1960:
Last film appearance for 15 years, "College Confidential"; first feature film she appeared in with husband Steve Allen
1961:
Was a regular on the comedy variety program "The Steve Allen Show" after it moved from NBC to ABC during the tail end of its run
1967:
Was a regular on the CBS variety program "The Steven Allen Comedy Hour"
1968:
First TV-movie, "Now You See It, Now You Don't"; also featured Allen
1969:
Played Nurse Chambers on the popular CBS drama series "Medical Center"
1972:
Panelist on the syndicated revival version of the game show "I've Got a Secret"
1976:
Returned to features as Dennis Duggan's mother in "Norman. . . Is That You?"; last film for 14 years
1983:
Played Ruth Long on the short-lived ABC sitcom "It's Not Easy"
1985:
Played the Queen of Hearts in CBS TV-movie "Alice in Wonderland"
1987:
Named Grand Marshall along with husband Steve Allen for the 54th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade
1990:
Returned to features in "Murder By Numbers"
1991:
Played Billy Crystal's mother in "City Slickers"
1992:
Appeared as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1994:
Reprised role as Billy Crystal's mother in sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
1995:
Appeared as herself in Martin Scorsese's "Casino"
1995:
Landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "High Society"
1999:
Acted opposite Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Story of Us"
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husband:
Milton Krims.
husband:
Steve Allen. Humorist, author, songwriter. Married on July 31, 1954; born on December 26, 1922.

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father:
Francis James Meadows Cotter. Episcopal priest, missionary.
mother:
Ida Miller Cotter. Missionary.
brother:
G Edward Cotter. Attorney. Died in January 1996.
brother:
Frank Cotter. Died of lung cancer in 1981.
sister:
Audrey Meadows. Actor. Died February 3, 1996.
son:
William Christopher Allen.
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