( b. Apr 10, 1923 Hartford, Connecticut, USA - d. Nov 26, 2013 Burbank, California, USA ) Female
Ms. 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.
A talented singer with a belting voice, Ms. Kean starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton’s beleaguered wife, Trixie.
Born in Hartford, CT, Ms. Kean got into show business at an early age along with her sister, Betty, with the encouragement of her mother.
She headlined at the London Palladium before making her debut in a 1943 Broadway production of the Fats Waller musical Early to Bed.
She eventually moved to Los Angeles and appeared in some films for MGM before forming a comedy act in the 1950s with her sister, Ms. Wolpert’s mother.
After “The Honeymooners,” Ms. Kean left television to pursue other areas, including guest appearances, performing in Las Vegas and doing voice work.
Last year, Ms. Kean put on a one-woman show that was a retrospective of her life’s work. She performed it again at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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