Honeymooners’ Trixie, Jane Kean dies at 90
LOS ANGELES — Jane Kean, a diverse performer who got her start in musical theatre but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on a TV revival of The Honeymooners, has died. She was 90. Kean died Tuesday of a hemorrhagic stroke. Kean first started working with Jackie Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit. Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason and CBS revived the hit show The Honeymooners in Miami Beach, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers. Kean, a talented singer with a belting voice, starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton’s beleaguered wife Trixie. Kean stayed on The Honeymooners for five years before leaving to pursue other avenues, including guest appearances, performing in Las Vegas and doing voice work. In 1977, she worked on the children’s movie Pete’s Dragon. Most recently, she provided the voice of Aunt Ida in the new children’s film Abner the Pig. Last year, Kean put on a onewoman show that was a retrospective of her life’s work. She performed it again at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre just months ago.
– The Associated Press