Audrey Meadows revealed what her last conversation with Jackie Gleason was like before he passed away, so get your tissues ready

"Jackie, it's Audrey. It's your Alice."

To lose a loved one is always difficult, even after years apart. While Audrey Meadows and Jackie Gleason spent a great deal of time together as onscreen husband and wife in The Honeymooners, they were also able to find success independently as actors after the series had wrapped. However, the separation hadn't dampened the love that the two shared as friends, even years later.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Audrey Meadows revealed that she had called Gleason a few days before he passed away of cancer. Meadows revealed that, first, she spoke to Marilyn Taylor, Gleason's wife, because Gleason himself was so sick. Meadows explained, "Marilyn said, 'I'm going to take the phone in to him. His speech isn't very clear, but I'll put you on.' So I heard her say, as she took the phone to the bed, 'Jackie, it's Audrey. It's your Alice."

If that isn't enough to reduce you to a crying mess, give it another minute to recount what Meadows and Gleason's final conversation was about. Meadows remembered, "I said, 'Jackie, I just called to tell you I loved you.' and he said something — I didn't understand a word of it. And I said, 'I never thanked you for giving me the part of Alice.' And suddenly he said, 'I knew what I was doing!' The same voice as ever, clear as a bell."

After Gleason's passing, Meadows was offered an opportunity to perform an in-character "eulogy" of Ralph Kramden, from his wife Alice; Meadows refused. 

She stated, "I told them I would no more come into the kitchen as Alice than I would fly to the moon. I said, 'A eulogy? I think that is the worst thing I have ever heard in my entire life. I cannot imagine anything worse. I said, 'In the first place, Ralph is not dead. Ralph will live forever!'"

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jimmyvici 1 month ago
Obviously, class and respect for her beloved costar took forefront for Audrey. Good for her. RIP to ALL of the Honeymooners cast.
cperrynaples 1 month ago
Actually, Jackie could have SENT Audrey to the moon! "BANG! ZOOM"...LOL!
StrayCat 1 month ago
It literally boggles the mind to discover that the Honeymooners wasn't very popular during its initial run, and we think: How could people have not loved this show? But the entertainment medium is littered with TV shows and movies that weren't particularly liked when they first were shown, but have since become beloved classics and even icons.
cperrynaples StrayCat 1 month ago
Actually, Jackie had a 3 year contract, but the show got low ratings against Perry Como! To settle things with CBS, he brought back his variety show for one more season that included Honeymooner sketches! Fun Fact: Among the chorus girls who introduced the show was a young Ellen Burstyn!
harlow1313 1 month ago
I am a contrarian, I suppose. I prefer celebrities keep their private moments private. Dignity.
LoveMETV22 harlow1313 1 month ago
" I am a contrarian, I suppose. I prefer celebrities keep their private moments private."
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Sure celebrities might prefer the same, however Media Outlets seem to have an opposing viewpoint in that regard. Sensationalism translates to 💲💲💲💲 in their view. Until a point in time comes where that doesn't take place, Guess the only option is to grin and bear it.
harlow1313 LoveMETV22 1 month ago
I also tend to stay away from reading biographies. I believe it is best for me to know their art, and not know their personal lives. That way, the art must stand on its own merit, without a personal bias formed from a bio.

I read a bio about the great radio man, Jean Shepherd. He had some undesirable qualities expressed in his personal life, but I did not need to know that. Now his work will always be tarnished for me.
LoveMETV22 harlow1313 1 month ago
"I also tend to stay away from reading biographies. I believe it is best for me to know their art, and not know their personal lives."
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"Well that is your prerogative. How you read their bios is your choice. The personal info that is offered up on the internet is again a media outlets interpretation of that individual. Tarnished or not. Who are we to interpret their lives? What they do outside of their time as a celebrity is their business and no one else's Plain and simple, It's their lives not ours!
harlow1313 LoveMETV22 1 month ago
I have my reason.

In one particular bio, I learned that my hero denied the existence of his two children from his first marriage. This was reported by his son, and was well known among my idol's coworkers. Could anyone read that without a changed opinion? I think not. For me, I now make the art my focus.

That's how I roll, daddy-oh. I strut like a cat.
KJExpress LoveMETV22 1 month ago
Just stopping by to say hi! Good to see you. 👋🤓
LoveMETV22 KJExpress 1 month ago
Hello to you too KJ. Sorry I'm not on the website as much as I used to be. Miss chatting with you, Allison,MPH, Tex and Moody on a regular basis as I used to. Miss the MQ too!
Lisa24 1 month ago
I did tear up; couldn't help it.❤️
McGillahooala 1 month ago
Touching story. Two of the greats. They can never be replaced.
Pnut67 McGillahooala 6 days ago
And Thank God there are no plans (that I know of) to reboot The Honeymooners. God only knows what kind of trash they would have to put in it to keep the offended ones happy
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