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Jayne Meadows, Wife of Steve Allen, Dies at 95

Jayne Meadows, wife of the late Steve Allen, died on Sunday at her home in Encino, California at the age of 95. An actress and TV personality, Meadows was also known for her role as a panelist on the ...
Jayne Meadows, Wife of Steve Allen, Dies at 95
Written by Kimberly Ripley
  • Jayne Meadows, wife of the late Steve Allen, died on Sunday at her home in Encino, California at the age of 95. An actress and TV personality, Meadows was also known for her role as a panelist on the game show, ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’

    Meadows and Steve Allen were known for their comedic banter. She was often referred to as ‘chatty.’

    During a joint interview back in 1981, a reporter asked if Jayne Meadows had felt a recent minor earthquake in Los Angeles. She replied that her husband had but she had not.

    “She was talking at the time,” Steve Allen deadpanned.

    Jayne Meadows had a long-running role on the 1970s drama Medical Center as a nurse, and she played the part of Billy Crystal’s mother in the film City Slickers.

    Jayne wasn’t the only actress in her family either. Sister Audrey Meadows played the role of Alice Kramden alongside Jackie Gleason on The Honeymooners.

    Jayne Meadows was born in China in 1919 to missionary parents. The family moved back to the United States when she was eight years old, and she was raised in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

    The actress is survived by her son, Bill Allen, as well as by three grandchildren.

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