Jane Kean, star of Broadway, films and television was born April 10, 1924 in Hartford, Connecticut). Her career has spanned over 60 years with starring roles on stage in Early to Bed, Call Me Mister, and Ankles Aweigh, to such presitigious films as Disney's PETE'S DRAGON.
Kean and her sister Betty formed a comedy duo that worked the nightclub circuit throughout the 1940s and '50s, and the two appeared on Broadway as sisters in the 1955 musical Ankles Aweigh.
She studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Additional theatre credits include Call Me Mister and Carnival!. She had a small part in Take Me Along which starred Jackie Gleason, who would remember her a few years later when casting his weekly hour television program.
Ms. Kean made her film debut at Republic Studios in the 1941 film SAILERS ON LEAVE directed by Albert S. Rogell.
Television audiences remember Kean for her role of Trixie Norton in a series of hour-long HONEYMOONERS episodes—in color and with music—on The Jackie Gleason Show from 1966–70. She succeeded Joyce Randolph, who had played the role in earlier sketches and on the 1955–56 sitcom THE HONEYMOONERS.
Other credits include THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY, THE LUCY SHOW, LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE, THE LOVE BOAT, THE FACTS OF LIFE and DALLAS.
Her memoir is entitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Honeymooners . . . I Had a Life. Kean's frank and funny memoirs of a show business life are a loving first-hand account of what it was like growing up among the Who's Who of classic Hollywood and Broadway. She tells all - and tells it like it was.
REPUBLIC FILM CREDITS
Sailors on Leave