Longtime actress and TV personality Jayne Meadows, who was comedy legend Steve Allen’s wife and frequent co-star for 46 years, has died. The New York Times reports that Meadows died Sunday at her home in Encino, Calif., at age 95.
“Ms. Meadows was never as well known as her younger sister, Audrey, who played Alice Kramden on the now-classic Jackie Gleason sitcom ‘The Honeymooners,'” The Times reports. “But she was a versatile and accomplished actress in her own right and a familiar presence on television for years, in dramatic productions, prime-time series and game shows.”
Meadows was a three-time Emmy nominee, receiving nods in three different decades and three different categories — for “Meeting of Minds” (lead actress) in 1978, “St. Elsewhere” (guest performer in a drama series) in 1987 and “High Society” (supporting actress in a comedy series) in 1996.
But she was perhaps best known as a panelist on classic TV game shows. Meadows was a regular on “I’ve Got a Secret” from 1952-1959 and on “To Tell the Truth” from 1957-1961, and also appeared occasionally on “What’s My Line.”
Here’s a clip of Meadows, along with panelists Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan and Lucille Ball and host Garry Moore, on “I’ve Got a Secret.” Meadows appears at about the 3:10 mark: