About this Famous Person
Source : Tim DOWLING
Born as Audrey Cotter in Wu-ch'ang, China, the youngest of four children. Her parents, the Rev Francis James Meadows Cotter and his wife, the former Ida Miller Taylor were Episcopal missionaries. Her elder sister is actress Jayne Meadows.
Meadows' family returned from China to their home in Sharon, Connecticut in the 1930s. After high school, she moved to New York City and sang in the Broadway musical Top Banana before becoming a regular on television in The Bob and Ray Show.
She was then hired to play Alice on The Jackie Gleason Show after the original actress, Pert Kelton, who originated the role, was forced to leave the show due to the blacklisting, although the official reason given was that Kelton was suffering from a health problem. When The Honeymooners became a half-hour situation comedy on CBS, Meadows continued in the role. She then returned to play Alice after a long hiatus, when Gleason produced occasional Honeymooners specials in the 1970s. Meadows had auditioned for Gleason and was initially turned down for being too chic and pretty to play Alice. Meadows submitted a far different photo of herself, looking much plainer, the next day and won the role of Alice.
- Category Actor