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