Jean Byron (born Imogene Audette Burkhart; December 10, 1925 – February 3, 2006) 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. She was also known as Jean Audette and Jean Burkhart early in her career.
Imogene Audette Burkhart
December 10, 1925
Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||February 3, 2006 (aged 80)|
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
|Other names||Jeane Byron|
Michael Ansara (m. 1955–1956)
Byron was born in Paducah, Kentucky, the daughter of 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.
Byron sang on radio stations WGRC and WHAS, both in Louisville. In 1939, she was one of two winners of the regional Gateway to Hollywood competition in Louisville, which enabled her to go to Hollywood to compete at the program's next level. Byron sang on alternate days on Kentucky Karnival, a program that originated at WGRC beginning on August 30, 1943, and was distributed nationally via the Mutual Broadcasting System.
She also sang 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 theater 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, 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.[unreliable source?]
Byron's first film was Voodoo Tiger (1952). In the 1950s, Byron appeared in several B-movies, including The Magnetic Monster and Serpent of the Nile, in addition to guest roles on The Millionaire, The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, Science Fiction Theatre, Fury, and Bourbon Street Beat. Byron also served as spokeswoman for Revlon and Lux products on NBC's The Rosemary Clooney Show. She played Minnie in the syndicated TV series Mayor of the Town (1954).:671-672
In 1959, Byron landed a semiregular spot on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis playing Dr. Imogene Burkhart, her real name. 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.
The following year, she starred in the short-lived soap opera Full Circle.:371 In 1963, she won the role of Natalie Lane on The Patty Duke Show.:817 After the series ended in 1966, she continued appearing in guest roles on Batman, Marcus Welby, M.D., Maude, and Hotel. She also was a regular on Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (1970).:816
Personal life and deathEdit
|1952||Voodoo Tiger||Phyllis Bruce|
|1953||The Magnetic Monster||Connie Stewart|
|Serpent of the Nile||Charmion (Cleopatra's handmaiden)|
|1955||Jungle Moon Men||Ellen Marsten|
|1956||There's Always Tomorrow||Miss Byron, saleswoman||Uncredited|
|Johnny Concho||Pearl Lang|
|1959||Invisible Invaders||Phyllis Penner|
|1963||Wall of Noise||Mrs. Muriel Harrington|
|1972||Conquest of the Planet of the Apes||Bookstore Owner||Uncredited|
|Where Does It Hurt?||Dr. Kincaid|
|1987||Valet Girls||Edie Smegmite|
|1988||The Perfect Match||Mom|
|1989||Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog||Gallery Buyer|
|1955||The Millionaire||Betty Jane Ryan/Bea Ryan||1 episode|
|The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin||Irene Larrimore||1 episode|
|You Are There||Caroline Lucas||1 episode|
|1956||My Friend Flicka||Barbara Schuyler||1 episode|
|Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers||Katherine Cheney||1 episode|
|State Trooper||Claire Walden, Jean Burton, Beverly, Millie Marvin, and Stella Bender (1956-1959)||5 episodes|
|1957||The 20th Century Fox Hour||Wilma Standish||1 episode|
|Cheyenne||Fay Kirby, newspaperwoman||Episode: "The Broken Pledge"|
|1958||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Miss Lewis||1 episode|
|Jefferson Drum||Angela||1 episode|
|Yancy Derringer||Dorinda Ashton||1 episode|
|Official Detective||Lola Paul||Episode: "Hired Killer"|
|1959||The Dennis O'Keefe Show||Miss Diffendorf||1 episode|
|1959–1960||Bourbon Street Beat||Martha Delastone, Grace Carvay||2 episodes, "The Taste of Ashes" and "Find My Face!"|
|1959–1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Dr. Imogene Burkhart||18 episodes|
|1960||77 Sunset Strip||Claire Donaldson||1 episode|
|Hawaiian Eye||Karen Ward||1 episode|
|Tightrope||Marla Keel||1 episode|
|1961||Hennesey||Gloria Grayson||1 episode|
|Bus Stop||Helen Adamson||1 episode|
|1962||The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor||Livona Hart||1 episode|
|1963–1966||The Patty Duke Show||Natalie Lane||105 episodes|
|1968||Batman||Mrs. Lindseed, Mayor's Wife||1 episode|
|Marcus Welby, M.D.||Dr. Koerner||1 episode|
|1972||McCloud||Evelyn Reinhart||1 episode|
|1974||Maude||Housekeeper Applicant||1 episode|
|1975||S.W.A.T.||Nurse Marlowe||1 episode|
|1981||The Brady Girls Get Married||Mrs. Covington, Jan Brady's mother-in-law||Television movie|
|1987||Hotel||Dorothy Anderson||1 episode|
|1999||The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights||Natalie Lane||Television movie, (final film role)|
- "Jean Byron, 80; Actress Played Patty Duke's Mother on '60s TV Show". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. February 15, 2006. p. 12. Retrieved August 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Ex-Louisvillian Imogene Burkhart Keeping Busy as Jean Byron on TV". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. October 2, 1955. p. 105. Retrieved August 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Ladd, Bill (September 29, 1948). "Kentucky Loses a Pretty Girl to Hollywood". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. p. 7. Retrieved August 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "2 Receive Hollywood Contracts For Screen-Radio Competition". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. September 16, 1939. p. 22. Retrieved August 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Creason, Joe (August 30, 1943). "Lone Ranger Turns Gunman? Say Not So". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. p. 15. Retrieved August 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Burkhart Wins Feminine Lead". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. August 10, 1952. p. 62. Retrieved August 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Witbeck, Charles (July 30, 1962). "Actress Gets Jobs By Being Ladylike". Asbury Park Press. New Jersey, Asbury Park. p. 9. Retrieved August 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Paducah Star's Stage Name Accepted After Conversation". The Paducah Sun. Kentucky, Paducah. July 17, 1961. p. 43. Retrieved August 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jean Byron". Variety. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 267. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "'Honest Gunslinger' Can't Outdraw Anybody". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. September 26, 1956. p. 9. Retrieved August 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jean Byron - The Private Life and Times of Jean Byron. Jean Byron Pictures". www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com.