Monday, April 27, 2015


Actress Jayne Meadows, 95, a fixture on television, especially panel shows, during the 1950s and 1960s and even afterward, died yesterday of natural causes.

She was the older sister of actress Audrey Meadows, who died of cancer in 1996.

Jayne was married for many years to talk show host/entertainer Steve Allen and often appeared with him. In one of "his" shows, Meeting of Minds, a panel show where various historical figures yakking and arguing among themselves, she was frequently seen.

Allen died in 2000 in freak circumstances (suffered a heart attack after being in a car accident). Jayne retired from show businesses afterward.

Meadows was born in 1919 to Episcopal missionary parents in Wu Chang, China, and barely spoke English when the family moved back to the United States.

Young Jayne Cotter appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1940s, including "Kiss Them for Me," which also featured Richard Widmark and Judy Holliday. She changed her name to Meadows (borrowing an old family name) when she entered the movies.

Among her early films were "Undercurrent," 1946, and "Song of the Thin Man," 1947, the last entry in the popular detective series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

By the early 1950s, she was getting roles in TV anthology series such as "Robert Montgomery Presents" and "Kraft Television Theatre." -

Screenwriter Dan Mankiewicz, 93, son of famed screenwriter Herman, died of congestive heart failure:

In 1967, he wrote the pilot for the long-running TV series "Ironside," starring Raymond Burr as a paraplegic private investigator. Two years later, he did the pilot for "Marcus Welby, M.D." He contributed later episodes to both.


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