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Jane Kean, 'Honeymooners' revival actress, dies at 90

Nov. 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM ET

IMAGE: Jane Kean
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Jane Kean played Trixie Norton, the role played by Joyce Randolph in the original TV version of "The Honeymooners."

Jane Kean, who played Trixie on the 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners," has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90 years old.

Kean passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., the paper notes. The cause of death, per the Times, was complications from a recent fall.

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Born April 10, 1923, in Hartford, Conn., Kean had several starring roles on Broadway in the 1950s. She also performed with her sister, Betty Kean, on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and appeared in various stage productions with "Honeymooners" star Jackie Gleason.

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In 1966, she joined Gleason for a revival of "The Honeymooners," which started as a sketch on "The Jackie Gleason Show" and then ran for one season from 1955 to 1956. Kean played Trixie, the wife of Ralph Kramden's neighbor Ed Norton (played by Art Carney).

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More recently, in the early 1990s, the actress wrote and performed a two-woman musical, "We," with Barbara Perry at a theater in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Kean was married twice in her life, to Richard Linkroum and to Joe Hecht. She is survived by her niece, Deidre Wolpert, and Wolpert's husband and two children, as well as a stepson, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his son.

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