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Broadway & HONEYMOONERS' Star Jane Kean Dies at 90

The LA Times reports that Jane Kean, best remembered as Art Carney's long-suffering wife Trixie on the 1960's TV revival of 'The Honeymooners', has died. The news was shared by her niece, Deidre Wolpert.

Kean, whose seven-decade career encompassed Broadway, nightclubs, recordings, radio and television, died on Nov. 26 from injuries suffered in a fall. She was 90 and had performed her new one-woman show last year at the Colony Theatre in Burbank and just a few months ago at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.


Kean had already headlined at the London Palladium before making her Broadway debut in the 1943 Fats Waller musical "Early to Bed." She later replaced Betty Garrett in the hit musical "Call Me Mister and Janis Paige in "The Pajama Game," and co-starred with her sister Betty in the 1955 musical "Ankles Aweigh." She and Betty also created one of the most popular nightclub teams of the 1950's. She replaced Jayne Mansfield in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" and played Sally in the very first touring production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies," co-starring Vivian Blaine and Robert Alda, In 2002, she co-starred with Charlotte Rae in a Los Angeles revival of Kander and Ebb's "70, Girls, 70".

Kean is also well-remembered as The Voice of Belle in the annual holiday TV favorite "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol."

She is among the veteran performers profiled in the 2011 feature documentary "Troupers," and re recently completed the role of Aunt Ida in a new children's film, "Abner the Pig."


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