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Jean Byron

Mostly Credited As: Jean Byron
Sometimes Credited As: Jeane Byron

Birth Name: Imogene Burkhart
Date Of Birth: December 10, 1925 (Age 80)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Paducah, Kentucky
Date Of Death: February 03, 2006
Cause Of Death: post-surgery complications (Mobile, AL)
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Jean Byron


A true sunny delight, actress Jean Byron will be fondly remembered for her three-season role as vivacious Natalie Lane, the grounding mom of "identical cousin" Patty Duke on "The Patty Duke Show" (1963), the one who was always around to help teenage Patty regroup when "a hot dog made her lose control." She was born with the unlikely marquee name of Imogene Burkhart in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1925. Musically inclined, she was a teen singer on radio before even graduating from high school. Her family subsequently moved to California which only spurred on Jean's interest in show business. Apprenticing on the local stage and continuing to work on radio, she earned her first contract with Columbia Pictures and chose the more adaptable name of Jean Byron for billing purposes.

Her movie career officially began uneventfully in 1952 co-starring with Johnny Weissmuller in Voodoo Tiger (1952), one of a series of "Jungle Jim" adventure programmers. Uninspired roles opposite a radioactive creature in The Magnetic Monster (1953) and as a handmaiden to Rhonda Fleming's Cleopatra in Serpent of the Nile (1953) eventually had her leaning towards TV as a more viable medium for her. Not only did she appear in the top shows of the day but she seemed to have an affinity for westerns with steady work on such series as "Yancy Derringer," "Fury," "My Friend Flicka," "Cheyenne" and "Laramie" to her credit. The highly attractive, wholesome-looking blonde with the warm, peaches-and-cream complexion also became a mild household fixture as an on-camera spokeswoman for such products as Revlon and Lux soap. At one time she was known as "The Lux Girl." TV series work came her way as well and she earned recurring roles on "Dobie Gillis" before solidifying her status on the "Duke" show from 1963 to 1966.

Following the series' demise, Jean was seen less and less, primarily on 60s and 70s TV. She also appeared on the dinner theater circuit and in musical stage shows, portraying Mama Rose in one production of "Gypsy." Retiring in the 1980s, she moved with her aged mother to Mobile, Alabama in the late 1980s to be closer to extended family. Her final TV appearance was a happy occasion with a nostalgic TV-movie reunion show that brought her back in touch with former cast members Patty Duke and TV husband William Schallert, among others, in 1999. The reunion took 33 years in the making, one for the TV record books. At one time briefly married to handsome actor Michael Ansara, she had no children and never remarried. Jean died at age 80 after developing an infection following surgery for a hip replacement. She was buried in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

Jean Byron
TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Patty Duke Show (1963)As: Natalie Lane
Full Circle (1960)As: Kit Aldrich
Mayor of the Town (1954)As: Minnie
Episode Cast Credits 

Hotel (1983) 
  Past Tense 04x21: (May/27/1987) As Dorothy Anderson 

Happy Days (1974) 
  Dreams Can Come True 08x03: (Nov/25/1980) As Mrs. Korrigan 

Jigsaw John (1976) 
  Promise to Kill 01x01: (Feb/02/1976) As Mrs. Murdock 

The Rookies (1972) 
  Reading Writing and Angel Dust 04x02: (Sep/16/1975) As Mrs. Mullins 
  Sound of Silence 02x14: (Dec/17/1973) As Mrs. Mann 

S.W.A.T. (1975) 
  Hit Men 01x05: (Mar/24/1975) As Nurse Marlowe 

Police Woman (1974) 
  The Beautiful Die Young 01x02: (Sep/20/1974) As Cora 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Corbey 05x09: (Nov/02/1972) As Unknown 
  The Poisoned Mind 04x08: (Nov/02/1971) As Maida 
  My Name Is Manolete 02x02: (Sep/30/1969) As Mrs. Stedman (as Jeane Byron), [Featuring]

Mannix (1967) 
  Scapegoat 05x23: (Mar/01/1972) As Helen 

McCloud (1970) 
  Give My Regrets to Broadway 02x07: (Feb/23/1972) As Evelyn Reinhart 

Ironside (1967) 
  Joss Sticks and Wedding Bells 05x08: (Oct/26/1971) As Saleslady, [Co-Guest Stars]

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  I Can Hardly Tell You Apart 03x04: (Oct/05/1971) As Dr. Koerner 

Columbo (1971) 
  Ransom for a Dead Man (Mar/01/1971) As Pat, [Co-Guest Stars]

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy's Hawaiian Vacation (1) 03x23: (Feb/15/1971) As Mrs. McClay 

Batman (1966) 
  Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club 03x19: (Jan/18/1968) As Mrs. Lindseed (Millie Lindseed) 

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) 
  Beauty Is Only Kin Deep 04x34: (May/22/1963) As Dr. Imogene Burkhart 
  Requiem for an Underweight Heavyweight 04x31: (May/01/1963) As Dr. Imogene Burkhart 
  The Little Chimp That Couldn't 04x25: (Mar/20/1963) As Dr. Imogene Burkhart 
  And Now a Word From Our Sponsor 04x18: (Jan/30/1963) As Dr. Imogene Burkhart 

Laramie (1959) 
  Bad Blood 04x10: (Dec/04/1962) As Annie 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  The Idol 06x11: (Jan/29/1962) As Deborah Morse 
  Road to Three Graves 05x03: (Oct/31/1960) As Alice Norris 
  Blind Spot 04x01: (Sep/21/1959) As Ruth 
  The Broken Pledge 02x20: (Jun/04/1957) As Fay Kirby 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Crossed Wires 03x14: (Jan/19/1962) As Livona Hart 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  The Man from Bootstrap 01x09: (Nov/26/1961) As Helen Adamson 

Tightrope (US) (1959) 
  Appointment in Jericho 01x20: (Jan/26/1960) As Martha Keel 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  The Kikiki Kid 01x16: (Jan/20/1960) As Karen Ward 

Bourbon Street Beat (1959) 
  Find My Face! 01x16: (Jan/18/1960) As Grace Carvay 
  The Taste of Ashes 01x01: (Oct/05/1959) As Martha 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Created He Them 02x14: (Jan/01/1960) As Claire 

The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959) 
  Teacher's Pest 01x02: (Sep/29/1959) As Miss Diffendorf 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  A Game of Hate 08x08: (Nov/14/1958) As guest star 
  Hemmed In 03x52: (Aug/27/1954) As guest star 

Yancy Derringer (1958) 
  Ticket to Natchez 01x03: (Oct/23/1958) As guest star 

Mike Hammer (1958) (1958) 
  Stay Out of Town 01x13: (Apr/11/1958) As Miss Lewis 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  Threat to a Happy Ending 02x18: (May/29/1957) As Wilma Standish 

Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956) 
  The Regiment 01x01: (Oct/21/1956) As guest star 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  Rope Enough 02x21: (Jan/21/1956) As Betty Madden 
  The Last Day on Earth 01x34: (May/10/1955) As Mary Carlyle 
  Christmas Everyday 01x14: (Dec/21/1954) As Helen 
  The Plot Against Miss Pomeroy 01x05: (Oct/19/1954) As Eunice Pomeroy 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Santa is No Saint 01x38: (Dec/22/1955) As guest star 

Stage 7 (1955) 
  Emergency 01x16: (Jul/17/1955) As Mary 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Betty Jane Ryan 01x09: (Mar/16/1955) As Betty Jane Ryan 

City Detective (1953) 
  Shadow of a Man 01x34: (1954) As Jean 
  The Congenial Liars 01x19: (1954) As Reesa 

The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953) 
  The Night Light At Vorden's 01x03: (Oct/16/1953) As Vanessa Vorden 

State Trooper (1956) 
  What's Mine is Mine 03x09: (Unknown) As Claire Walden 
  The Prettiest Dress in Goldfield 03x08: (Unknown) As Stella Bender 
  The Winnemucca Weskit 02x34: (Unknown) As Millie Marvin 
  312 Vertical 02x22: (Unknown) As Beverly 

Official Detective (1957) 
  Hired Killer 01x25: (Unknown) As Lola Paul 

Tallahassee 7000 (1961) 
  Prince Hal 01x09: (Unknown) As Mrs. Frazier 

The Lone Wolf (1954) 
  The Blue Lantern Story 01x02: (Unknown) As Receptionist 
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