Judi Meredith

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Judi Meredith
Judy Meredith 1960.JPG
Meredith as Monique Deveraux, 1960
Born Judith Clare Boutin
(1936-10-13)October 13, 1936
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died April 30, 2014(2014-04-30) (aged 77)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Actress, figure skater
Years active 1956-1973
Spouse(s) Gary Nelson (1962-2014) (her death) (2 children)[1]
Children Garrett Nelson, Blue Nelson

Judi Clare Meredith (born Judith Clare Boutin,[2] October 13, 1936 – April 30, 2014) was an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Born on October 13, 1936 to Herbert Boutin and Janice M. Starr in Portland, Oregon, Meredith graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Portland.[1]


Meredith was a figure skater who became a professional star performer with the Ice Follies.[1] She broke her back in an accident, but returned to skating until she broke her knee cap and was advised by doctors to stop.

Acting career[edit]

Meredith was performing in stock until she was spotted at the Pasadena Playhouse by George Burns, who cast her in several small roles on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show[3] beginning in 1955.

Through mid-1957, she appeared in small roles on a number of TV shows (including Burns and Allen) billed under her real name of Judi Boutin. Eventually, she assumed the name Judi Meredith, and was cast by Burns in the supporting role of Bonnie Sue McAfee on the Burns and Allen show, becoming a recurring performer on the show in 1957-58. In 1958-59, she appeared in a recurring role as herself (in the role of the girlfriend of Ronnie Burns) on the follow-up series The George Burns Show.[4] 1958 also saw Meredith's film debut, Wild Heritage.

In the 1959-1960 television season, Meredith played Monique Deveraux, a young French woman, in the CBS western series Hotel de Paree[3]:479. Throughout the 1960s and through early 1970s, Meredith worked steadily, mostly as a guest performer in several American TV series, including Bonanza, 87th Precinct, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Laramie, Have Gun – Will Travel, Death Valley Days, Mannix, The Tall Man, and Hawaii Five-O. Her last screen credit was a guest appearance on a 1973 episode of Toma, following which she retired from acting and left the public eye.

Personal life[edit]

In 1962, Meredith married director Gary Nelson with whom she had two sons.[2]


Meredith died in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 77, from undisclosed causes.[1] She was survived by her husband and two sons.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Judi Meredith Nelson (1936-2014)". The Oregonian. May 9–11, 2014. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris M. III (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 9780786476664. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 383. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  4. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 526. ISBN 9780307483201. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 

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