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Jane Kean
Birth: Apr. 10, 1923
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2013
Toluca Lake
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress and Singer. She is probably best remembered at 'Trixie Norton' on the television sitcom "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason from 1966 to 1970, as well as the voice of 'Belle' in the perennial favorite cartoon musical "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol," that first aired in December 1962 and continues to be shown every year. A lovely, vivacious, honey-blonde entertainer, she enjoyed a lengthy career spanning over six decades that encompassed vaudeville, radio, Broadway, nightclubs, Las Vegas showrooms, TV variety and the occasional film. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother moved with her and her older sister Betty to New York City, New York in order to launch their careers in show business. She began on the professional stage with a role in "Hi Ya, Gentlemen!" at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, and made her film debut in the Republic musical "Sailors on Leave" (1941) and was also featured in the film "Flying with Music" (1942) before she decided to focus on the live stage. She took her first Broadway curtain call in the Fats Waller musical "Early to Bed" in 1943 and followed it with another Broadway musical "The Girl from Nantucket" (1945) and then came in as a replacement for "Call Me Mister" in the late 1940s. She then teamed with her sister and formed the nightclub comedy duo "Betty and Jane Kean, coupling singing and dancing with broad comedy. They also worked together on Broadway in the musical shows "Along Fifth Avenue" (1949, with Jackie Gleason) and in the short-lived musical "Ankles Aweigh" (1955). During this time, they also appeared on television variety shows, like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Jackie Gleason Show," and headlined their own vaudeville act in the US and England. She also appeared in starring Broadway roles in the 1950s, including "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?", "Take Me Along" (with Jackie Gleason), "The Pajama Game," and "Carnival!" By the early 1960s, the sisters had dissolved their act and Jane was asked to join "The Honeymooners" cast as 'Trixie Norton' when the show was revived on Gleason's variety show "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1966) as a sketch segment. Her other television credits include appearances on "The Phil Silvers Show," "The Danny Thomas Show," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Lucy Show," "The Dean Martin Show," "Cannon,' "Love, American Style," "The Love Boat," "The Facts of Life," "Dallas," and on the daytime soap operas "Days of Our Lives" and "General Hospital." In 1977 she appeared as 'Miss Taylor' in the Walt Disney live-action musical with animation "Pete's Dragon." In later years, she performed on the dinner theatre circuit, at college campuses and on cruise lines. In 2002 she co-starred with Charlotte Rae in the Los Angeles, California production of the Kander and Ebb musical "70, Girls, 70" at the El Portal Theatre. Her last film, "Abner the Invisible Dog," in which she played the role of 'Aunt Ida', was completed in 2013. In 2003 she wrote her memoir, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Honeymooners....I Had a Life." She was married twice, first to director and producer Dick Linkroum from 1962 to 1969, and then to actor/producer Joe Hecht (from 1970 until his death in 2005). She died of a stroke at the age of 90 after being hospitalized following a fall at her home. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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Originally Created by: Rev. Kevin Airrington
Record added: Nov 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120921797
Jane Kean
Added by: Rev. Kevin Airrington
 
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