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Actress Jean Byron is best known for the role of Natalie Lane, Patty Lane's mother in The Patty Duke Show.
She was born Imogene Burkhart on December 10, 1925 in Paducah, Kentucky to Anna Louise Bastin and Edward Burkhart. Her family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she attended and graduated from Louisville Girl's High School in 1943. Prior to her graduation, at age 16, she was briefly a singer and entertainer on an area radio show.
The war effort took her family to California, where she studied acting while appearing on stage and radio. When she signed her first contract with Columbia Pictures, she adopted Jean Byron as her stage name.
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, and Science Fiction Theatre. Byron also served as spokeswoman for Revlon and Lux products on The Rosemary Clooney Show.
In 1959, Byron landed a semiregular spot on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis playing Dr. Imogene Burkhart, her real name. 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. After the series ended in 1966, she continued appearing in guest roles on Batman, Marcus Welby, M.D., Maude, and Hotel.
In the late 1980s, Jean entered semi-retirement and moved to Mobile to be closer to her family. She made a final movie appearance in the 1999 television movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights.
Byron had more than 80 credits in film and television on her resume. She played alongside Johnny Weissmuller, John Carradine, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, Angela Lansbury and others.
On February 3, 2006, Jean Byron died at an area hospital of complications following hip replacement surgery. She is survived by her cousins, David Hancock and John Hancock, both of Mobile.