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Audrey Meadows (February 8, 1926February 3, 1996), born Audrey Cotter, was an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for playing the deadpan housewife, Alice Kramden in the 1950s American television comedy, The Honeymooners. February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... An Emmy Award. ... Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which something humorous is said or done by a person, while not exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ... For the film, see The Honeymooners (2005 film). ...


According to the Social Security Death Index ([1]), Audrey Six (her married name) was born in 1926. Her sister, Jayne, claimed to have been born that year, but was really born in 1920. Thus Audrey was long-regarded as the elder sister, when she was really the younger.


Born in Wu-ch'ang (now Wuchang), China, to Episcopal missionary parents, the Rev. James Cotter, and his wife, Ida. The family returned to their home in Connecticut in the United States not far from the family home of William F. Buckley, Sr. and his huge family (10 children). The Buckleys were fervent Roman Catholics, and the Cotters obviously were Protestants, and some of the Buckley girls engaged in acts of misconduct and vandalism directed towards the Cotters, such as making prank calls sending the Rev. Cotter to imaginary deathbeds, and breaking windows. Wuchang (Chinese: 武昌; pinyin: Wǔchāng) is one of the three towns, together with Hankou and Hanyang, which are included in modern day Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province, in China. ... The word episcopal is derived from the Greek επίσκοπος, transliterated epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word, however, is used in religious contexts to refer to a bishop. ... A missionary is traditionally defined as a propagator of religion who works to convert those outside that community; someone who proselytizes. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...


After high school, she moved to New York City and became a singer in the Broadway show Top Banana before becoming a regular on the Bob and Ray Show. She was then hired to play Alice on The Jackie Gleason Show after the original Alice (Pert Kelton) was blacklisted, and retained the role when The Honeymooners became a half-hour situation comedy on CBS. She then returned to play Alice after a long hiatus, when Gleason produced occasional Honeymooners specials in the 1970s. Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Bob and Ray Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were an American comedy duo that began in radio in 1946 with a daily 15-minute show titled Matinee With Bob and Ray. ... The Jackie Gleason Show was a popular television variety show that starred Jackie Gleason and ran in a variety of incarnations, from 1952 to 1970. ... Pert Kelton (1907-1968) was an American vaudeville, movie, and television actress. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 - June 24, 1987), an American comedian and actor, was one of the most popular and respected stars of televisions coming-of-age years. ...


Meadows had auditioned for Gleason and was initially turned down for being too chic and pretty for the drab Alice. Meadows later submitted an unglamorous photo of herself to Gleason, who reconsidered. Pert Kelton had originated the role of Alice when The Honeymooners was a skit on Gleason's variety show, but lost the role due to the blacklist, and her absence was explained away as due to her health. Pert Kelton (1907-1968) was an American vaudeville, movie, and television actress. ... Sketch comedy consists of a series of short comedy scenes, or sketches, commonly between one and ten minutes long. ... A blacklist is a list or register of entities who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, or mobility. ...


After the show's run, Meadows played in a number of films, worked with Dean Martin on his variety hour, and then returned to situation comedy in the 1980s playing the mother-in-law on Too Close for Comfort. She had a notable appearance in an episode of The Simpsons, "Old Money", where she did the voice of Bea Simmons, Grampa Simpsons' girlfriend; her character died in that episode. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Too Close for Comfort was a television series which ran on the ABC network and in syndication from 1980 to 1986. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Old Money is the 17th episode of the second season of The Simpsons. ... Abraham J. Simpson (Grampa or Abe) is a fictional character featured in the animated cartoon television series The Simpsons. ...


On August 24, 1961, Meadows was married in Honolulu to Robert F. Six, President of Continental Airlines. She served as Director of the First National Bank of Denver for eleven years and was an Advisory Director of Continental Airlines. The couple resided in Beverly Hills until their deaths (Six died in 1986), traveling extensively on airline business, public relations, and to their ranch home near Montrose, Colorado. In October 1994, Meadows published her memiors, entitled, "Love, Alice". Robert F. Six Robert Forman Six was born June 25, 1907, in Stockton, California. ... Continental Airlines (IATA: CO, ICAO: COA, and Callsign: Continental) (NYSE: CAL) is an certificated air carrier of the United States. ...


Meadows died of lung cancer five days before her 70th birthday. A heavy life-long chain smoker, she had been diagnosed the year before but declined treatment. She was apparently estranged from her sister and her sister's family and had not been on speaking terms with them for at least a year. Thus, they were unaware of her illness. Jayne first learned her sister was hospitalized when she was on a Hollywood soundstage appearing on an episode of the short-lived sitcom High Society. She rushed to the hospital but Audrey was already in a coma, and later died. Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. ... High Society is a 1956 musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in VistaVision with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ...


Meadows is interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California, although she was not known to be a Roman Catholic. Holy Cross Cemetery is located at 5835 W. Slauson Avenue in Culver City, California. ... Culver City Seal Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. ...


Audrey Meadows was the younger sister of actress Jayne Meadows, and sister-in-law to Steve Allen. She had several nephews and nieces. She had also had two brothers, both of whom predeceased her. Jayne Meadows (b. ... Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian and writer instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ...


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Audrey Meadows - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (435 words)
Audrey Meadows (February 8, 1926 - February 3, 1996), born Audrey Cotter, was an American actress best known for playing the deadpan housewife, Alice Kramden in the 1950s American television comedy, The Honeymooners.
Meadows had auditioned for Gleason and was initially turned down for being too chic and pretty for the drab Alice.
Audrey Meadows was the younger sister of actress Jayne Meadows, and sister-in-law to the late Steve Allen, and she also had 2 brothers who predeceased her.
Encyclopedia: Audrey Meadows (1144 words)
Audrey Meadows (February 8, 1922 - February 3, 1996), born Audrey Cotter, was an American actress best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1950s American television comedy, The Honeymooners.
Meadows was headliningin the Broadway hit 'Top Banana' when she heard that Gleason was casting for the part of Alice in 'The Honeymooners'.
Audrey Meadows joined The Honeymooners when the show left the DuMont network for CBS in 1952, after having to persuade a skeptical Jackie Gleason that she could look frumpy and bone-tired.
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