Jayne Meadows Net Worth

Jayne Meadows Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jayne Meadows net worth is
$10 Million

Jayne Meadows Wiki Biography

Jayne Meadows Cotter was born on 27 September 1919, in Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, to American Episcopal missionary parents, the Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter and Ida Miller Taylor. She was an actress, author and lecturer, best known for her work as a panelist in the CBS television quiz show “I’ve Got a Secret”, as well as for being the wife of the legendary comedian Steve Allen. Jayne passed away in 2015.

So just how rich was Jayne Meadows? Sources state that Meadows had accumulated a net worth of over $10 million, earned through her involvement in the entertainment industry over five decades.

Jayne Meadows Net Worth $10 million

Meadows grew up in China, along with her three siblings, her sister being actress Audrey Meadows. In the early ’30s, her family returned to the USA, settling in Sharon, Connecticut.

She pursued an acting career during her teenage years, making her Broadway debut in “Spring Again” in 1941. After another Broadway appearance, this time in the comedy “Another Love Story” in 1943, she made her film debut in 1946, appearing in the noir thriller “Undercurrent”. Other big screen opportunities followed, and by the end of the decade she had landed parts in films such as “Lady in the Lake”, “The Song of the Thin Man” and “The Luck of the Irish”. All contributed to her net worth.

Although she gathered a decent recognition in the world of film, it was her work on television that earned Meadows her greatest acclaim. In 1952 she became a regular panelist on the CBS panel show “I’ve Got a Secret”, which featured a group of panelists trying to guess the contestant’s secret by asking him or her questions. The show shot her to stardom, enabling her to earn a considerable net worth. She remained on the show until 1959, during which she met comedian Steve Allen, with whom she started a relationship, marrying him in 1954 and forming a strong personal and professional relationship, appearing in a number of diverse projects together.

The ’60s saw the actress landing a part in the CBS medical drama series “Medical Center”, playing Nurse Chambers. The role enabled her to showcase her dramatic talents, reinforcing her popularity and greatly increasing her net worth.

In 1977 she became involved in her husband’s TV series “Meeting of Minds”, remaining part of it until 1981. The show featured guests, played by actors, who had significant roles in world history, thus making a historical twist on the television talk show. It earned Meadows her first Emmy Award nomination, cementing her reputation of a star and greatly expanding her wealth. Aside from acting, she wrote much of the material for the show.

Meadows continued with television work during the ’80s, appearing in series such as “It’s Not Easy” and “Murder She Wrote”, and in TV films including “Miss All-American Beauty” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Along with her husband, she appeared in the medical drama “St. Elsewhere”, which earned her another Emmy nomination. In the late ’80s and through the following decade, the couple made several performances of the play “Love Letters”. Her net worth grew larger.

Her other notable work of the ’90s included a role in the short-lived series “High Society”, but for which she also received an Emmy nomination. She landed several smaller film parts during this time as well, adding consistently to her wealth.

In addition to her work in film and television, Meadows also wrote a play called “The Eternal Bed”, as well as a column for Carte Blanche magazine.

Speaking about her private life, Meadows was married to writer/actor Milton Krims from 1948 to 1954. After marrying Allen in 1954, she had one child with him, and three stepchildren from his first marriage. Following her husband’s death in 2000, she kept out of the public eye. She died of natural causes in 2015, aged 95.

Full NameJayne Meadows
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 27, 1919
DiedApril 26, 2015, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthWuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China
ProfessionActress, Soundtrack, Writer
SpouseSteve Allen (m. 1954–2000), Milton Krims (m. 1948–1954)
ChildrenBill Allen
ParentsFrancis James Meadows Cotter, Ida Miller Taylor
SiblingsAudrey Meadows, George Edward Cotter
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Single Appearance in a Drama or Co...
MoviesLady in the Lake, Song of the Thin Man, City Slickers, Undercurrent, The Story of Us, David and Bathsheba, Enchantment, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, Norman... Is That You?, Dark Delusion, College Confidential, It Happened to Jane, The Fat Man, Alice in Wonderland, The Parent Trap IV...
TV ShowsHigh Society, Meeting of Minds, Medical Center, I've Got a Secret, It's Not Easy
1Often portrayed city girls, socialites and businesswomen
2New England accent
1I have this tremendous energy. I just loved and love life. I love it today. I never want to die.
1Longtime friend of Julie London.
2She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, beside her beloved husband, Steve Allen.
3Attended an event at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the untimely passing of actor Tyrone Power. Four of his films were screened: Love Is News (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Razor's Edge (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947). Also in attendance were his children, Tyrone Power Jr., Taryn Power and Romina Power, and other actors who have worked with him, including Coleen Gray, Piper Laurie and Terry Moore. [November 2008]
4She quietly lived out her retirement in Encino, California until her death in April 2015.
5She was a lifelong staunch conservative Republican and anti-communist.
6Her first language was Chinese.
7Her father was Francis Meadows Cotter, an Episcopal missionary. Her mother's name was Ida Miller Taylor.
8In 1965, Jayne was attending college to study Chinese language.
9In 1988, she received the "America Book Award".
10She was the older sister of actress Audrey Meadows.
11In 1991, she received the Women's International Center Living Legacy Award.


The Story of Us1999Dot
Diagnosis Murder1999TV SeriesConnie Masters
Homicide: Life on the Street1998TV SeriesMrs. Cochran
The Nanny1997TV SeriesJayne Meadows
High Society1995-1996TV SeriesAlice Morgan
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold1994Mitch's Mother
Tom1994TV SeriesMarianne
For Goodness Sake1993Short
Sisters1993TV SeriesIda Benbow
The Player1992Jayne Meadows
Square One Television1991TV SeriesLady Esther Astor Astute
City Slickers1991Mitch's Mom
Mathnet1991TV SeriesLady Esther Astor Astute
Murder by Numbers1990Pamela
The Jackie Bison Show1990TV MovieMrs. St. Fawn (voice)
Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon1989TV MovieCharlotte Brink
St. Elsewhere1987-1988TV SeriesOlga Osoranski
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV Series
The Love Boat1978-1986TV SeriesJanice / Mrs. Tate / Gwen Finley / ...
A Masterpiece of Murder1986TV MovieMatilda Hussey
Murder, She Wrote1986TV SeriesLila Lee Amberson
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Queen of Hearts
Da Capo1985Mrs. Thomas
Hotel1985TV SeriesFran Clark
Fantasy Island1979-1983TV SeriesMargaret Wharton / Beatrice Solomon / Contessa / ...
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesHolly Harkens
It's Not Easy1982-1983TV SeriesRuth Long
Miss All-American Beauty1982TV MovieGertrude Hunnicutt
Trapper John, M.D.1980-1982TV SeriesMelissa / Edwina Garth
Meeting of Minds1977-1981TV SeriesCatherine the Great Margaret Sanger Florence Nightingale ...
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series
Rise and Shine1981TV SeriesMrs. Moffett
The Gossip Columnist1980TV Movie
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe1980TV SeriesRuth LaCross
Hawaii Five-O1979TV SeriesJessica Humboldt
Project U.F.O.1979TV SeriesMarlene Baker
The Paper Chase1979TV SeriesMarian Chandler
Have I Got a Christmas for You1977TV MovieRita
Sex and the Married Woman1977TV MovieIrma Caddish
Switch1977TV SeriesAndrea
The Nancy Walker Show1976TV SeriesGeorgia
The Practice1976TV SeriesMrs. Milnor
Norman... Is That You?1976Adele Hobart
James Dean1976TV MovieReva Randall
The Girl with Something Extra1974TV Series
Witness to Yesterday1974TV SeriesCleopatra
Adam-121973TV SeriesIda Huntington
The New Temperatures Rising Show1972TV SeriesMiss Brandon
Medical Center1969-1972TV SeriesNurse Chambers
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesLaura Trenton
Love, American Style1970TV SeriesTana Wright (segment "Love and the Many Married Couple")
Here Come the Brides1969TV SeriesEleanor Tangiers
Now You See It, Now You Don't1968TV MovieIda
Good Morning, World1968TV SeriesMary Margaret
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour1967TV Series
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesMrs. Bredan
The Red Skelton Hour1957-1963TV SeriesMrs. Cavendish / Gloria Dalton / Ruby / ...
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesMyra
The New Steve Allen Show1961TV SeriesRegular
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesJean Fletcher
College Confidential1960Betty Duquesne
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1960TV SeriesWife of Frankenstein / Comedian-Babies Nurse / Comedian-Babies Mother / ...
The Ann Sothern Show1959TV SeriesLiza Vincent
It Happened to Jane1959Jayne Meadows - Panelist
Studio One in Hollywood1956TV SeriesLeslie Abbott
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1955TV SeriesAlice
The United States Steel Hour1955TV SeriesCora
Ponds Theater1954TV Series
Danger1952-1953TV Series
The Web1953TV Series
Suspense1953TV SeriesHelen Brady
Kraft Theatre1952TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1952TV Series
Woman with a Sword1952TV MovieAnna Ella Carroll
Robert Montgomery Presents1952TV Series
David and Bathsheba1951Michal
The Fat Man1951Jane Adams
Enchantment1948Selina Dane
The Luck of the Irish1948Frances Augur
Song of the Thin Man1947Janet Thayar
Dark Delusion1947Mrs. Selkirk
Lady in the Lake1947Mildred Havelend
Undercurrent1946Sylvia Lea Burton


Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "Off With Their Heads", "Can You Hear Us, Alice?"
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode


Fantasy Island1983TV Series story - 1 episode


The Adventures of Errol Flynn2005TV Movie documentary special thanks


Tyrone Power: Prince of Fox2008Video shortHerself
Son of Fury: Behind the Scenes2007Video shortHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: The Honeymooners2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Love, Lust & Marriage: Why We Stray and Why We Stay1997TV Movie documentary
Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
James Dean: A Portrait1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Bold and the Beautiful1993TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Vicki!1993TV Series
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesHerself
Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 21992TV Special documentaryHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1989TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself / Herself - Center Square
Family Feud1989TV SeriesHerself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
The Love Boat1987TV SeriesHerself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The Ratings Game1984TV MovieHerself
Trivia Trap1984TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Don't Ask Me, Ask God1984TV MovieHerself - Question Presenter
The 5th Annual Cable Ace Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Starfest: The Stars Salute Public Television1983TV SpecialHerself
Password Plus1981TV SeriesHerself
The 16th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner of National Conference of Christians and Jews1979TV SpecialHerself
The Muppets Go Hollywood1979TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1978TV SeriesHerself - TV Personality / Herself - Entertainer / Herself - Actress / ...
The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry!1977TV Movie documentaryHerself
Laugh Back1976TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1976TV SeriesHerself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards1976TV SpecialHerself
Tattletales1974TV SeriesHerself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHerself - Judge
The Joker's Wild1974TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celebrity Bowling1973TV SeriesHerself
All About Faces1971TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1968-1970TV SeriesHerself - Sketch Actor / Herself / Singer
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Della1969TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967-1968TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Showtime1968TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne
The Match Game1965-1968TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
The Pat Boone Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1954-1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
I've Got a Secret1952-1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Celebrity Guest / Herself - Guest
The Hollywood Stars of Tomorrow Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host
The Milton Berle Show1966-1967TV SeriesHerself
The Jackie Gleason Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Deb Star Ball1966TV MovieHerself - Co-Host
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Girl Talk1965TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Playhouse1963-1964TV SeriesHerself
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHerself
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHerself
The Art Linkletter Show1963TV SeriesRegular (Apr - Sept, 1963)
Password All-Stars1961-1962TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth1957-1961TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Miss Universe Pageant1961TV Special
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
Masquerade Party1957-1960TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958-1960TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Comedienne / Herself - Singer / ...
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1958TV SeriesHerself
Tonight!1957TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Name's the Same1955TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist / Herself - Contestant
Person to Person1954-1955TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Actress
Your Show of Shows1954TV SeriesHerself - Guest Performer
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHerself, Actress - Shampoo Commerical

Archive Footage

22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Casino1995Jayne Meadows

Nominated Awards

1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesHigh Society (1995)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesMeeting of Minds (1977)

Known for movies

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