Jane Kean, ‘Honeymooners’ Star, Dead at 90

Jane Kean, 'Honeymooners' Star, Dead at 90

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The actress and singer played Trixie Norton, wife to Art Carney's Ed Norton

Actress, singer and comedienne, Jane Kean, died on Tuesday, one of her representatives from SBV Talent told TheWrap.

Se died at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken to the hospital after a fall led to a hemorrhagic stroke.

The actress is best remembered for starring with Jackie Gleason in his 1970s revival of “The Honeymooners” and later TV movies. She played Trixie Norton, wife to Art Carney's Ed Norton.

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An accomplished singer, Kean first met Gleason while performing Vaudeville in the 1940s.

Her television credits also include several guest-starring roles on “Dallas,” “General Hospital,” “Dream On,” “Growing Pains” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”

At 16, Kean performed on Broadway in “Early to Bed.” She would then move to Los Angeles where she appeared in several MGM movies and later formed a comedy duo with sister, Betty, during a time when all-female comedy teams were rare.

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In 2012, Kean performed a one-woman show, which served as a retrospective of her work.

She is survived by a stepson from her second marriage, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his family, as well as her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, her husband and two children.

Her sister, Betty, died in 1986. Her second husband and manager, Joe Hecht, died in 2006.

  • Michael

    Wow! I loved her! Had no idea….imagine a one woman show at age 89??!! Rest dear one, much love and laughter you gave me and my Dad :)

  • Guest

    Joyce Randolph was the Trixie everyone remembers from the original 39 episodes of “The Honeymnooners” in 1955 and 1956. While Jean Kane was a great entertainer and made a fine Trixie in later incarnations of the show, calling her a “‘Honeymooners’ star” is completely disingenuous.

  • Friendly

    Joyce Randolph was the Trixie everyone remembers from the original 39 episodes of “The Honeymnooners” in 1955 and 1956. While Jane Kean was a great entertainer and made a fine Trixie in later incarnations of the show, calling her a “‘Honeymooners’ star” is completely disingenuous.

  • David

    The revival of “The Honeymooners” in which Jane Kean played Trixie Norton actually was from 1966 to 1970. There *was* **another** revival of the show in the form of two specials in 1976 and 1978, though. (I forgot who played Trixie on those, but the other major characters were definitely played by the same actors from the mid-50s stand-alone-series version of “The Honeymooners”.

  • David

    The last part of my last comment, while it was in parentheses, should have read, “I forgot who played Trixie on (the two “Honeymooners” specials in, respectively, 1976 and 1978), but the other major characters with the exception of Alice Kramden were played by the actor-originators thereof on the “Jackie Gleason Show” (the original Fifties version and the late-Sixties revival thereof) as well as the iconic, mid-Fifties stand-alone-series version of “The Honeymooners”.