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Jayne Meadows

Actress

Jayne Meadows on marrying Steve Allen and appearing on What's My Line?

05:58

'I've Got a Secret' was my favorite. The next day after the show I would go to the grocery store and the cab drivers: 'Jaynie, great show last night! How's Steve O?' It was the medium that came to every living room. Didn't matter if it was the Rockefellers or the guy who was struggling to pay the bills in the Bronx, I wasn't Miss Meadows from the movies, I was Jaynie.

About this interview

In her three-hour Archive interview, Jayne Meadows (1919-2015) talks about her early years growing up in China where her parents were missionaries. She speaks about her move to the United States and breaking into show business in New York City. She describes her work in television on various live anthology dramas and elaborates on her appearances as a celebrity panelist on several game shows, including I've Got A Secret, on which she was a regular from 1952-59. Meadows outlines her professional work with husband Steve Allen on the acclaimed PBS series Meeting of Minds and recalls numerous television appearances they made as a couple (including guest spots on Fantasy Island and St. Elsewhere). She chronicles her late husband Steve Allen's lasting television legacy as the creator of the long running The Tonight Show. Additionally, she discusses the life and career of her sister Audrey Meadows, who played "Alice Kramden" on the classic series The Honeymooners. Jim Colucci conducted the interview on May 20, 2005 in Encino, California.

'I've Got a Secret' was my favorite. The next day after the show I would go to the grocery store and the cab drivers: 'Jaynie, great show last night! How's Steve O?' It was the medium that came to every living room. Didn't matter if it was the Rockefellers or the guy who was struggling to pay the bills in the Bronx, I wasn't Miss Meadows from the movies, I was Jaynie.

Interview Highlights

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Jayne Meadows on marrying Steve Allen and appearing on What's My Line?

05:58
Embedded thumbnail for Jayne Meadows on appearing on her husband's show, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour

Jayne Meadows on appearing on her husband's show, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour

04:21
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Jayne Meadows on starring in her husband's acclaimed PBS series Meeting of Minds

06:14
Embedded thumbnail for Jayne Meadows on her favorite show she's worked on, I've Got a Secret

Jayne Meadows on her favorite show she's worked on, I've Got a Secret

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Jayne Meadows on her sister Audrey Meadows as "Alice Kramden" on The Honeymooners

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