Jayne Meadows

Jayne Meadows

American film and theater actress, theater playwright.
Date of Birth: 27.09.1920
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Jane Meadows: An American Actress and Playwright
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career as an Actress
  4. Transition to Playwright
  5. Personal Life

Jane Meadows: An American Actress and Playwright

Jane Meadows was an American film and theater actress, as well as a theatrical playwright. Known for her witty and cheerful nature, she excelled in comedic roles. It is no surprise that she became close with satirist, humorist, and writer Steve Allen. In 1954, Jane Meadows and Steve Allen got married, marking the end of Jane Meadows' film career and the beginning of her career as a playwright.

Jayne Meadows

Early Life and Education

Jane Meadows, born Jane Cotter, was born on September 27, 1920, in Wuchang, China, to parents Ida and Francis James Cotter. For the first seven years of her life, she lived in China as her father, Reverend Francis James, was a Catholic missionary. In 1927, Jane, her father, mother, and sisters returned to the United States and settled in Sharon, Connecticut, where Jane began her education. Learning was challenging for Jane as she struggled with the English language. After completing her schooling, she moved to New York to pursue acting.

Career as an Actress

Jane Meadows made her Broadway debut in 1941 in the play "Spring Again" alongside Kirk Douglas and English actor Aubrey Smith. Following her role in "Another Love Story" in 1943, MGM offered Jane Meadows a long-term contract, marking the end of her theater career and the start of her film career. Her film career began brilliantly, with memorable roles in "Undercurrent" (1946) with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum, and "Lady in the Lake" (1947) with Robert Montgomery, Lloyd Nolan, and Audrey Totter. Jane Meadows stood out among such esteemed company, known for her sparkling and joyful personality, especially in her comedic roles.

Transition to Playwright

It is no surprise that Jane Meadows developed a close relationship with satirist, humorist, and writer Steve Allen. In 1954, Jane Meadows and Steve Allen tied the knot, marking the end of Jane Meadows' film career and the beginning of her career as a playwright. She became a loyal assistant and muse to her husband, creating numerous scripts and plays together. They even wrote several literary bestsellers. Interestingly, Jane Meadows briefly returned to the film industry in the 1990s, appearing in movies such as "The Player" (1992) with Tim Robbins, Whoopi Goldberg, and Peter Gallagher, "Casino" (1995) with Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, and James Woods, and "The Story of Us" (1999) with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Personal Life

Jane Meadows and Steve Allen's marriage became one of the longest-lasting in Hollywood, as they spent forty-six years together.

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