Jean Byron
Actress
Jean Byron
Jean Byron was an American film, television, and stage actress. She is best known for the role of Natalie Lane, Patty Lane's mother in The Patty Duke Show.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 80
    On February 3, 2006, Byron died in Mobile, Alabama, of complications following hip replacement surgery.
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  • 1999
    Age 73
    Byron's last on-screen role was in the 1999 television movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to film and television roles, Byron worked in regional theater. She portrayed Mama Rose in Gypsy and appeared in a production of Guys and Dolls.
  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 40
    After the series ended in 1966, she continued appearing in guest roles on Batman, Marcus Welby, M.D., Maude, and Hotel.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 37
    The following year, she starred in the short-lived soap opera Full Circle, which also co-starred Dyan Cannon. In 1963, she won the role of Natalie Lane on The Patty Duke Show.
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  • 1959
    Age 33
    In 1959, Byron landed a semiregular spot on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis playing Dr. Imogene Burkhart, her real name.
    More Details Hide Details During her time on the show, she was cast in a spinoff pilot about Dobie Gillis' girlfriend, Zelda, where she would have played the girl's mother. However, the pilot was not picked up. In the show's final season, Byron convinced producers to allow her character to discard the plain, repressed appearance she presented, and show a more modern version of a schoolteacher.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    Byron was married to actor Michael Ansara from 1955 to 1956.
    More Details Hide Details Some sources have it as 1949 to 1956. The couple had no children and Byron never remarried.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Byron was born Imogene Audette Burkhart on December 10, 1925, in Paducah in western Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents were Anna Gertrude (née Bastin; 1906 - 1988) and Edward Burkhart (1892 - 1958). Her family moved to Louisville when she was still quite young, and then to California when she was 19 during World War II. She appeared briefly as a singer on radio, first with Tommy Dorsey's band, followed by a stint with Jan Savitt's group. She then studied drama from 1947 to 1950, followed by a run with the Players Ring, a theatre group that did not pay well, but offered the performers needed exposure. There, in a play titled Merrily We Roll Along, she came to the attention of Harry Sauber, elderly talent adviser for Sam Katzman. She was asked to read from the script and imitate a British accent, which she did. She got her union card then and there. When asked her name, she replied Imogene Burkhart. Katzman rejected that name, so she volunteered the stage name, Jean Byron, which she had already been using and which the Columbia Pictures brass found more palatable.
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