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Audrey Meadows was an American actress born as Audrey Cotter on 8th February 1922 in New York City, and will be best remembered for her role in the 1950s TV comedy “The Honeymooners”, as housewife Alice Kramden. She passed away in 1996.

Have you ever wondered how rich Audrey Meadows was? According to celebrity dot money, it has been estimated that Meadows’ net worth was three million dollars, accumulated through a notable acting career, primarily during the 1950s and 1960s. Her role in the popular TV show “The Honeymooners” brought her great popularity and significantly increased her net worth.

Audrey Meadows Net Worth $3 Million

Audrey was the youngest of four children in the family; her parents had been Episcopal missionaries in China, where her siblings had been born. A year before Audrey was born, her parents returned to the USA and settled in New York. Meadows went to Barrington School for Girls in Great Barrington Massachusetts, and decided to pursue an acting career upon graduation. Her first engagements included singing in Broadway musicals such as “Top Banana”. She then landed a regular television role in “The Bob and Ray Show”, and soon after in “The Jackie Gleason Show”, in which she starred as Alice, a role which she later continued in “The Honeymooners” when it became a regular situation comedy of a half-hour on CBS. When the show’s creator, Jackie Gleason produced the Honeymooners specials in the 1970s, Meadows auditioned for the role of Alice but was initially turned down due to her chic and pretty looks. However, after submitting a completely different photo of herself in which she looked much plainer, she won the role. Her portrayal of Alice was probably the most impressionable, as she became more associated with the character than any other actor who played the role. She reprised her role in other shows as well, including “The Steve Allen Show” and “The Jack Benny Program”. Audrey earned a large amount of money thanks to her brother Edward, a lawyer, who had previously inserted a clause into her contract with the producers of the “Honeymooners”, where he stated she would be paid in case of the show’s rebroadcast. Since the series did eventually start airing in reruns, Meadows earned millions of dollars in return.

When it comes to her career after this show, Audrey co-operated with director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in several of his “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat” series, and several other TV variety shows, series and feature films. During the ‘80s she was mostly seen in situation comedies such as “Too Close for Comfort”. Later, she even had an impact in “The Simpsons” in the episode “Old Money”, voicing the character of Grandpa Simpson’s girlfriend, Bea Simmons. Her net worth was still rising.

Apart from her fruitful career in the entertainment industry, Meadows also had a marketing and banking career – she served as director of the First National Bank of Denver, becoming the first woman to hold this position. Also, for twenty years she worked as an advisory director of Continental Airlines, retiring in 1981.

In October 1994, Audrey published “Love, Alice: My Life As A Honeymooner” – her memoirs, and only two years later, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, she died in Beverly Hills, California, five days before her 74th birthday on 3rd February 1996 in, USA.

Privately, Meadows was married twice, firstly to real estate man Randolph Rouse from 1956 to ’58, and then Robert F. “Bob” Six from 1961 to ‘86.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 8, 1922
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Death date: February 3, 1996, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height:5' 6" (1.68 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Nationality:American
Spouse:Randolph Rouse
Parents:Francis James Meadows Cotter, Ida Miller Taylor
Siblings:Jayne Meadows, George Edward Cotter
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was the live action model for the cartoon character Wilma Flintstone.
2A Republican, she publically endorsed Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan for president.
3Her father was Francis Meadows Cotter, an Episcopal missionary. Her mother's name was Ida Miller Taylor.
4She was the first The Simpsons (1989) guest star to have passed away. Ironically she played an old woman at an old folk's home who died and came back as a ghost.
5Although not a comedienne by nature, Audrey appeared with many of Hollywood's top comic royalty during her "Golden Age of TV" years including Red Skelton, George Gobel, Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, and Carol Burnett.
6Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 401-403. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
7Jackie Gleason was short and had a Napoleon complex, so he hired short actors to work with. One of the few exceptions was Audrey, who was 5'6" but wore flats.
8She returned once to The Honeymooners (1955) in 1966 for the last black-and-white sketch entitled "The Adoption" which was broadcast in Miami.
9She lived in China for the first five years of her life because her parents were missionaries there. Until her family moved back the US, Audrey spoke nothing but Chinese. Her family was visiting New York City when she was born.
10One of many of her character's famous quips to Jackie Gleason's "Ralph Kramden" was when Ralph said that he was waiting for his "pot of gold": "Go for the gold, Ralph, you've already got the pot!".
11When 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. Determined to get the part, 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 indeed Audrey, he said that any actress that determined to get the part deserved it, and hired her.
12Became the first woman director of the First National Bank of Denver in post-acting years.
13Audrey and Joyce Randolph (who played neighbor Trixie in the Honeymooner's sketches) knew each other before the classic TV show. They once worked together in a summer stock production of "No, No, Nanette.".
14Her last word was reportedly "Jayne!" Her sister Jayne Meadows rushed to her bedside when she heard of her impending death, and after Audrey said this last word, Jayne took her little sister's hand and Audrey squeezed it. She slipped into a coma and never said another word, passing away on February 3, 1996, in Room 8102 of Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
15Both Audrey and Jayne Meadows 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.
16The youngest of four children.
17Brother-in-law is the late Steve Allen.
18Late husband, Bob Six, was CEO of Continental Airlines and was once married to Ethel Merman.
19Played field hockey in school
20She and sister Jayne Meadows had nicknames for each other when they were little. Audrey was Sara and Jayne was Elinor.
21Debuted at Carnegie Hall as a mezzo soprano.
22Was a chain smoker.
23Father, Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter was an Episcopal priest and mother, Ida, was a missonary.
24In one sense, Audrey and her agent, were smarter than the usually visionary Jackie Gleason. Audrey was the only one of the Honeymooners cast whose contract required payments to her for TV re-runs and sales of the episodes.
25Younger sister of actress Jayne Meadows.
26Best remembered for her continuing role as Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden (played by Jackie Gleason), in TV's The Honeymooners (1955). (The same role had been played earlier by Pert Kelton, and later by Sheila MacRae.).


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
The Jackie Gleason Show (1952)$750 /week


Trademarks

#Trademark
1New England accent
2Gravelly voice
3Red hair


Quotes

#Quote
1My father was an Episcopal minister, and for 14 years my family lived in China, in a city called Wuchang. We four children spoke Chinese before we spoke English. We left when the communists came, in the early 1930s. I was about 5 years old.
2[on Jackie Gleason] He was divine to work with, an absolute genius. I've never been in a show that had the chemistry of everybody together like that. We were all very close.
3I've always voted Republican because America is exactly that, a republic. You can't expect much leadership with a Democrat behind the desk their not even close to dual efficient.
4[on Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners (1955)] He did not like to rehearse. I kept saying to Art [Art Carney] 'When do we do the blocking?' And he said, 'You just did it'. I said, 'Well, are they going to do a camera run?' He said, 'You just did it'. I said, 'Well, what time is dress rehearsal?' And he said, 'You just did it'. I was in a state of panic. So I got through that first show and then I got to love the fact of not rehearsing, because it's much better for comedy when it's not over-rehearsed.
5You as you are are better by far than the you that you are trying to be.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6100 Hollywood Blvd.
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Regular SeriesThe Jackie Gleason Show (1952)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Cantankerous CoupleThe Honeymooners (1955)· Jackie Gleason
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Performance by an ActressThe Jackie Gleason Show (1952)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Honeymooners (1955)
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Series Supporting ActressThe Jackie Gleason Show (1952)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dave's World1995TV SeriesRuby
Empty Nest1994TV SeriesMargaret Randall
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesGeorgia Stark
Sisters1993TV SeriesAda Benbeow
Davis Rules1992TV SeriesGunny's Ex-Wife
Hi Honey, I'm Home1991TV SeriesAlice Kramden
The Simpsons1991TV SeriesBea Simmons
Uncle Buck1990-1991TV SeriesMaggie Hogoboom
Wally and the Valentines1989TV MovieLillian
Nightingales1989TV Series
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV SeriesAunt Lunar
Too Close for Comfort1982-1986TV SeriesIris Martin
Life with Lucy1986TV SeriesAudrey, Lucy's Sister
Murder, She Wrote1986TV SeriesMildred Tilley
Hotel1985TV SeriesAmelia Chelton
The Love Boat1978-1984TV SeriesHelen Williams / Mrs. Elliott / Gladys Watkins
Diff'rent Strokes1982TV SeriesMrs. Martinson
Lily: Sold Out1981TV MoviePolly Jo
The Honeymooners1978/ITV MovieAlice Kramden
Starsky and Hutch1978TV SeriesHilda Zuckerman
The Honeymooners1978/IITV MovieAlice Kramden
The Honeymooners1977TV MovieAlice Kramden / Mother Cratchit
The Honeymooners1976TV MovieAlice Kramden
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesMartha Washington
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesEve / Harriet / Mom (segment "Love and Dear Old Mom and Dad")
The Red Skelton Hour1960-1971TV SeriesClara Appleby / Mrs. Cavendish / The Queen / ...
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV Series
Rosie!1967Mildred Deever
Clown Alley1966TV MovieWasherwoman Clown
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1966TV SeriesAlice Kramden
Invisible Diplomats1965ShortKelly Smith
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1965TV SeriesKitty
Take Her, She's Mine1963Anne Michaelson
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesDr. Carrie Morton
That Touch of Mink1962Connie Emerson
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesConstance
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesConnie Marlowe
Checkmate1961TV SeriesAlthea Todd
Wagon Train1961TV SeriesNancy Palmer
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960TV SeriesMrs. Bixby
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesNell Valentine
The United States Steel Hour1959TV Series
At the Movies1959TV MoviePerformer
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1958TV SeriesComedian-Babies Mother / Comedian-Baby Sitter / Jealous Wife
The Jackie Gleason Show1952-1957TV SeriesAlice Kramden / Sketch Actress / Audrey Meadows / ...
The Honeymooners1955-1956TV SeriesAlice Kramden
I'll Buy That1953TV Series
Man Against Crime1953TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1952TV SeriesLady Mary
Lux Video Theatre1952TV SeriesThe Singer
Bob and Ray1951TV SeriesRegular (1951-1952, 1953)
The Amazing Mr. Malone1951TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
At the Movies1959TV Movie performer: "On the Good Ship Lollipop" - uncredited
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marilu1994TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1993TV Series
Comic Relief IV1991TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The Honeymooners Anniversary Special1990TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1989TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Gleason: In His Own Words1986TV Movie documentaryHerself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The Honeymooners Anniversary Celebration1985TV MovieHerself / Alice Kramden
The Honeymooners Reunion1985TV MovieHerself / Alice Kramden
Family Feud1985TV SeriesHerself
Your Choice for the Film Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Evil Knievel1975TV SpecialHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jackie Gleason1975TV SpecialHerself
The Dean Martin Show1973-1974TV SeriesHerself
The Carol Burnett Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1968TV SeriesHerself
The Jerry Lewis Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Match Game1963-1967TV SeriesTeam Captain
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHerself
Clown Alley1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHerself
Salute to Stan Laurel1965TV Special documentaryHerself
Password All-Stars1964TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
That Was the Week That Was1964TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1962TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Person to Person1954-1960TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - - Host / Herself - Actress
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHerself
Masquerade Party1960TV SeriesHerself
The Sid Caesar-Art Carney Hour1959TV MovieHerself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1958TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Sketch Performer / Herself - Guest
Keep Talking1958TV SeriesHerself / panelist, 1958-1959
The Jack Benny Program1958TV SeriesHerself / Alice Kramden
Tonight!1957TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Name's the Same1955TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
What's My Line?1955TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
What's Going On?1954TV SeriesHerself / panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHerself
What's in a Word1954TV SeriesHerself / panelist
The Jackie Gleason Show1953-1954TV SeriesHerself / Sketches
The Arthur Murray Party1954TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoClara Appleby
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Alice Kramden
Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work2006TV MovieHerself
1955, Seven Days of Fall2005DocumentaryAlice Kramden in 'The Honeymooners'
The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieAlice Kramden
Inside TV Land: The Honeymooners2000TV Movie documentaryAlice Kramden
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHerself / Alice Kramden
Red Skelton: Bloopers, Blunders and Ad-Libs1994VideoGloria Castle
Funny Women of Television1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Best of Gleason 31989TV MovieAlice Kramden
Jackie Gleason: The Great One1988TV Movie documentaryHerself / Alice Kramden
The Best of Gleason 21988TV MovieHerself / Alice Kramden
Gleason: He's the Greatest1988TV SeriesMonica Mildew - Reggie's Fiancee
The Best of Gleason1988TV MovieAlice Kramden / Monica Mildew - Reggie's Fiancee
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1963TV SeriesHerself / Alice Kramden

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