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Jayne Meadows Cotter
Jayne Meadows (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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One of four children born to American missionaries, Jayne Meadows (nee Cotter) and her family returned to America in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, only then speaking Chinese and other foreign languages. She developed an early interest in acting and her quick start on Broadway in 1941 eventually led to a post-war MGM contract in which her icy glare and imposing stance made her a perfect manipulating "other woman" in such "B" fare as Enchantment (1948) and The Fat Man (1951). She didn't seem to grow as a film actress, however, and sought other work. In the 1950s she became one of Hollywood's more glittery personalities and a sparkling game show panelist. She met her witty match when she married actor/comedian Steve Allen in 1954. They formed an extremely strong personal and professional relationship which would include stage ("Love Letters", in which they co-starred on and off for 11 years), film (College Confidential (1960)) and especially TV ("Meeting of Minds"). Jayne supported Steve as a regular on many of his comedy series ventures; her solo work took a deliberate back seat. Known for her infectious laugh and joie de vivre, her confidence still grew to include writing stage plays, teleplays, books and columns, but for the most part she was his creative and business partner for 46 years until his death in 2000. Her younger sister was the late actress Audrey Meadows, of "The Honeymooners" fame, who died in 1996. The indefatigable Jayne still makes glamorous appearances at various functions.
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Francis Meadows Cotter (Episcopal missionary)
Ida Miller Taylor
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I've Got a Secret
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Jayne Meadows died on 26th April, 2015. Her last relationship was with Steve Allen, they were married for 46 years.
During her life she was married to Steve Allen from 1954 to 2000.
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