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Audrey Meadows on Whats My Line So far I've posted clips of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney when they each appeared on What's My Line. Here's Audrey Meadows' appearance from August 1955--just before the classic 39 episodes of The Honeymooners were filmed.
Tags: Audrey  Meadows  Whats  My  Line   
Added: 21st February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-21 
Audrey Meadows was a very attractive lady.
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-02-21 
There's some interesting info about her that I don't think we've ever covered.

- She debuted at Carnegie Hall as a mezzo soprano.

- Both Audrey and sister Jayne competed against members of the William F. Buckley family in local talent shows. In 1944, three of Buckley's sisters were accused of vandalizing the church where Audrey and Jayne's father was rector.

- Jackie Gleason was short and had a Napoleonic complex, so he hired short actors to work with. One of the few exceptions was Audrey, who was 5'9 but wore flats.

- When she first auditioned for the part of Alice Kramden, Jackie Gleason turned her down because, he said, she was too pretty to be believable as Ralph's wife. But she was so set on getting the part, that she hired a photographer to take pictures of her with frumpy clothes, no makeup and a generally world-weary attitude and sent them to Gleason. Gleason, not recognizing the woman in the photo as Audrey, told his producers that she was Alice and to find her. When he found out it was Audrey, he said that any actress that determined to get the part deserved it, and she was hired.

- Her last word was reportedly 'Jayne!' Her sister rushed to her bedside when she heard of her impending death, and after saying this last word, Jayne took her little sister's hand and Audrey squeezed it. She slipped into a coma and never said another word. (Audrey was a lifelong smoker, and had suffered from lung cancer.) She passed away on February 3, 1996, at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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