Audrey Meadows

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  • Birth Name: Audrey Cotter
  • Birth Place: Wuchang, China
  • Died: February 3, 1996
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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  • Spoke only Chinese until age 5, when her missionary parents moved the family from China to Connecticut.
  • Made her professional debut at 16, as a coloratura soprano in Carnegie Hall.
  • Debuted on Broadway in the musical Top Banana, opposite Phil Silvers. 
  • Was originally turned down for the role of Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners because Jackie Gleason thought she was too pretty. She later submitted a photo of herself with no makeup and a more frumpy look and was offered the part.
  • Was the only Honeymooners cast member to have a clause in her contract that she be paid residuals from rebroadcasts of the program.
  • Published her autobiography, Love, Alice: The Life of a Honeymooner, in 1994.
  • Along with her sister, Jayne Meadows, had a cameo in the 1995 movie Casino. The movie would be her last.

Awards

  • 1954, Emmy — Best Series Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1955, Emmy — Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series: Winner
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Supporting Performance by an Actress: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jayne Meadows — Sister
  • Ida Miller Taylor — Mother
  • Robert Six — Husband (deceased)
  • Francis James Meadows Cotter — Father
  • Frank Cotter — Brother
  • Edward Cotter — Brother
  • Randolph Rouse — Ex-husband

Details

  • Birth Name: Audrey Cotter
  • Birth Place: Wuchang, China
  • Died: February 3, 1996
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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