Hon­ey­moon­ers’ Trixie, Jane Kean dies at 90

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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

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