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Jayne Meadows Allen Dies: 'I've Got a Secret' Regular, Widow of TV Host Steve Allen Was 95

Jayne Meadows Allen Dies: 'I've Got a Secret' Regular, Widow of TV Host Steve Allen Was 95
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By    |   Wednesday, 29 April 2015 09:05 AM

Jayne Meadows Allen, the actress who became a household name on the 1950s television game show "I've Got a Secret" and as the wife of "The Tonight Show" founder Steve Allen, died Sunday at her home in Encino, California at 95.

Her son Bill Allen confirmed her death on Monday. Allen was surrounded by show business, with her sister, Audrey Meadows, playing Alice Kramden on the classic television sitcom "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason, reported The New York Times.

Allen starred in such movies as "Undercurrent" with Katharine Hepburn in 1946, "Dark Delusion," with Lionel Barrymore; "Lady in the Lake," with Robert Montgomery and "Song of the Thin Man," with William Powell in 1947; and "Enchantment" with David Niven in 1948.

She became a fixture in American homes as a regular panelist on "I've Got a Secret," from 1952 to 1959, noted the Times.

"The thing that made me a name in television was not acting — it was that show," Meadows said of her role on "I've Got a Secret," according to the Los Angeles Times.

She first met Steve Allen on the show. He would start "The Tonight Show" and become its first host in 1954, wrote the Times.

"She's an old-fashioned woman," Steve Allen had said of his wife. "Old-fashioned in terms of her attitudes, her manner, her demeanor, her voice. She has a dignity that is rare these days. But she also has a lightness, an airiness, a girlishness and a certain degree of social innocence."

Bill Allen honored his mother in a letter to "Entertainment Tonight."

"She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in one scene, but she was the greatest story teller I have ever known and I will miss her endlessly fascinating and frequently hilarious anecdotes about her life and the many brilliantly talented people she worked with and befriended along the way. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten," he wrote.

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