Open main menu

Jane Rose (February 7, 1913 – June 29, 1979) was an American character actress, perhaps best remembered as Audrey Dexter, the gently befuddled mother-in-law of Phyllis Lindstrom on the CBS sitcom Phyllis (1975–77).

Jane Rose
Cloris Leachman Jane Rose Phyllis 1975.JPG
Jane Rose and Cloris Leachman on Phyllis (1975)
Jane Prim Rose

(1913-02-07)February 7, 1913
Seattle, Washington, United States
DiedJune 29, 1979(1979-06-29) (aged 66)
Studio City, California, United States


Early lifeEdit

A versatile actress, Jane Prim Rose was born on February 7, 1913, in Seattle. She attended the University of Washington, where future actress Frances Farmer was a classmate; Rose and Farmer were subsequently roommates in New York City in 1935.[1]


Rose, who worked with the New York Association for the Blind (she served eleven years as the Association's Director of Recreation), also taught acting, and was a pioneer in the use of drama as therapy for the blind.[2]

She appeared in the original Broadway productions of The Time of the Cuckoo (1952–53), Orpheus Descending (1957), and The Gazebo (1958–59), as well as a revival of Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House (1959–60), in which she played Nurse Guinness.[3] She also performed for the New York Shakespeare Festival in such productions as All's Well That Ends Well, Richard III, and Measure for Measure."[2]

Her films included David Lean's Summertime (1955), with Katharine Hepburn, Flipper (1963), and I Walk the Line (1970), with Gregory Peck and Tuesday Weld. Among her numerous TV credits were appearances on such shows as Robert Montgomery Presents, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Defenders, Route 66, All in the Family, Rhoda, Lou Grant, and Co-Ed Fever. In addition, she was featured on the daytime dramas Love of Life (in which she created the character of Sarah Dale), Dark Shadows, The Secret Storm, and Somerset.[1]

In 1975, Rose was cast as Audrey Dexter, mother-in-law to Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman), on Phyllis (1975–77). In 2005 – nearly thirty years after the show was cancelled – Rose was nominated for a TV Land Award as "Favorite Mother-in-Law."[1]

Jane Rose's last seen performance was as Mrs. Bulfinch in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations (1979).[4] She died of cancer on June 29, 1979 at her home in Studio City, California. She was 66.



Year Title Role Studio
1954 Garden of Eden Latimore's Housekeeper Excelsior Pictures
1955 Summertime Mrs. McIlhenny United Artists
1956 The Monte Carlo Story Mrs. Edith Freeman United Artists
1961 One Plus One Mrs. Kingsley ("Average Man" segment) Selected Films
1963 Flipper Hettie White Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1970 I Walk the Line Elsie Columbia Pictures


Year Title Role Notes
1951–60 Love of Life Sarah Dale Unknown episodes
1951 Goodyear Television Playhouse Episode - "October Story"
1952 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Old Woman Episode - "Autumn in New York"
1953 The Web Episode - "Encore"
1953 Wonderful John Acton Aunt Bessie 13 episodes
1953 Robert Montgomery Presents Mama Episode - "Really the Blues"
1954 The United States Steel Hour Episode - "The Rise of Carthage"
1954 Hallmark Hall of Fame First Witch Episode - "Macbeth"
1954 Look Up and Live Anna Episode - "Tobias and the Angel: Part 3"
1955 Studio One Mable Episode - "Strange Companion"
1955 Mr. Citizen Episode - "For My Brother"
1957 Decoy Matron Episode - "Deadly Corridor"
1958 Suspicion Mrs. Russell Episode - "The Woman Turned to Salt"
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Edna Episode - "Web of Guilt"
1958 Little Women TV movie
1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre Episode - "The Zone of Silence"
1960 Dillinger Anna Sage TV movie
1960 True Story Nellie Smith Episode - "Episode dated June 4, 1960"
1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook Gypsy Mother Episode - "Madeline"
1962 Car 54, Where Are You? Boarding House Maid / Woman with Stroller Episodes - "Toody Undercover" and "Pretzel Mary"
1963 The Defenders Juror #5 Episode - "Judgment Eve"
1963 Route 66 Mrs. School Episode - "What a Shining Young Man Was Our Gallant Lieutenant"
1964–65 The Doctors and the Nurses Miss Pritchard / Mrs. Briand Episodes - "Where Park Runs into Vreeland", "Night of the Witch"
1966 Dark Shadows Mrs. Mitchell Episode - "Episode #1.1"
1966 ABC Stage 67 Episode - "The Love Song of Barney Kempinski"
1966 Hawk Mrs. Colson Episode - "The Hands of Corbin Claybrooke"
1970–71 The Secret Storm Aggie "Aunt Aggie" Parsons Unknown episodes
1974 Great Performances Agrafena Episode - "Enemies"
1974–75 Somerset Becky Winkle Unknown episodes
1975 All in the Family Aunt Clara Episode - "Edith's Friend"
1975–77 Phyllis Audrey Dexter 48 episodes
1977 Halloween with the New Addams Family Grandmama Addams TV movie
1978 The Tony Randall Show Mrs. Tilden Episode - "Eyes of the Law"
1978 Rhoda Mary Episode - "In Search of Martin"
1978 Lou Grant Mrs. Walker Episode - "Murder"
1979 Co-Ed Fever Mrs. Selby 8 episodes
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Mrs. Bulfinch TV miniseries - "Part VII"


  1. ^ a b c "Jane Rose".
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ League, The Broadway. "Jane Rose – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB".
  4. ^ "TV actress Jane Rose dead at 67 (July 1, 1979)".

External linksEdit