Thursday, November 28, 2013

Obituaries

Actor Tony Musante, 77, star of the 1970s show Toma, of surgery complications.
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Actress Jane Kean, 90, who played "Trixie" in the Jackie Gleason Show revival of the skit "The Honeymooners," died following a fall.

Some background:

Kean first started working with Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit. They also appeared in several stage productions in the 1950s.

She joined the cast of "The Honeymooners" in 1966 as Trixie when Gleason moved to Miami Beach for another version of "The Jackie Gleason Show," where he revived "The Honeymooners" for new sketches that reunited him with Carney. Sheila MacRae took on the role of Alice.

Those "Honeymooners" segments expanded to an hour and were crafted as musical comedies, with several original songs within each installment. The cast also appeared in 1976 for an ABC special, "The Honeymooners -- The Second Honeymoon."



She wrote a memoir about ten years ago, which was not a best seller.
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