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Jane Kean

Performer
( b. Apr 10, 1923 Hartford, Connecticut, USA - d. Nov 26, 2013 Burbank, California, USA ) Female
Relations: Sister of Betty Kean
Ms. Kean first started working with Jackie Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit. Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason and CBS revived the hit show “The Honeymooners” in Miami Beach, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.

A talented singer with a belting voice, Ms. Kean starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton’s beleaguered wife, Trixie.

Born in Hartford, CT, Ms. Kean got into show business at an early age along with her sister, Betty, with the encouragement of her mother.

She headlined at the London Palladium before making her debut in a 1943 Broadway production of the Fats Waller musical Early to Bed.

She eventually moved to Los Angeles and appeared in some films for MGM before forming a comedy act in the 1950s with her sister, Ms. Wolpert’s mother.

After “The Honeymooners,” Ms. Kean left television to pursue other areas, including guest appearances, performing in Las Vegas and doing voice work.

Last year, Ms. Kean put on a one-woman show that was a retrospective of her life’s work. She performed it again at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

Source: The New York Times obituary



Productions Date of Productions
Carnival!
[Musical, Puppets, Original]
  • Performer: Jane Kean
    • The Incomparable Rosalie - Replacement
Apr 13, 1961 - Jan 05, 1963
Ankles Aweigh
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Jane Kean [Wynne]
Apr 18, 1955 - Sep 17, 1955
Along Fifth Avenue
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Jane Kean
    • - Replacement
Jan 13, 1949 - Jun 18, 1949
Call Me Mister
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Starring: Jane Kean
    • Mrs. Josephine Wilson - Replacement
    • A Waitress - Replacement
    • The Wave - Replacement
    • Customer - Replacement
    • The Grandmother - Replacement
    • Mrs. Winthrop - Replacement
    • The Hostess - Replacement
  • Performer: Jane Kean
    • - Replacement
Apr 18, 1946 - Jan 10, 1948
The Girl From Nantucket
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jane Kean [Dodey Ellis]
Nov 08, 1945 - Nov 17, 1945
Early to Bed
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jane Kean [Eileen]
Jun 17, 1943 - May 13, 1944
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