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Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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Jane Kean is an American actress.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Kean and her sister Betty formed a comedy duo that worked the nightclub circuit throughout the 1940s and `50s, and the two appeared on Broadway as sisters in the short-lived 1955 musical Ankles Aweigh.
Kean studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Additional theatre credits include Call Me Mister and Carnival!. She had a small part in Take Me Along which starred Jackie Gleason, who would remember her a few years later when casting his weekly hour television program.
Television audiences remember Kean for her role of Trixie Norton in a series of hour-long "Honeymooners" episodes—in color and with music—on The Jackie Gleason Show from 1966–70. She replaced Joyce Randolph, who played the role in earlier sketches and on the 1955–56 sitcom The Honeymooners.
Additional credits include The Phil Silvers Show, Make Room for Daddy, The Lucy Show, Love, American Style, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, and Dallas. Her feature films include Pete`s Dragon.
Kean`s memoir is entitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Honeymooners . . . I Had a Life.
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Jane Kean (April 10, 1923 – November 26, 2013) was an American actress and singer, whose career in show business spanned seven decades and included appearing in nightclubs, on recordings, and in radio, television, Broadway and films. Among her most famous roles were as Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, and as the voice of Belle in the perennial favorite Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol.
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Place of Death
Burbank, California, USA
Betty Kean (December 15, 1914 — September 29, 1986)
Claim to Fame
Pete's Dragon, Betty & Jane Kean
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