Jane Alexander

Actress, Producer, Secretary
A much-lauded Broadway performer whose Tony Award-winning performance in "The Great White Hope" led to an Academy Award-nominated reprisal of her role on the big screen in 1970, Jane Alexander established herself as one ... Read more »
Born: 10/27/1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

The Book Of Negroes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2011 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blacklist 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Divide 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Love 2013 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Deck the Halls 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Greeley (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Weathersby (Actor)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

The Unborn 2009 (Movie)

Sofi Kozma (Actor)

Tell Me You Love Me 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Feast of Love 2007 (Movie)

Esther Stevenson (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus 2006 (Movie)

Gertrude Nemerov (Actor)

Carry Me Home 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Delia Temple (Actor)

The Jenifer Estess Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

Dr Grasnik (Actor)

Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jane Alexander 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Nurse Edna (Actor)

James Earl Jones 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Building Bombs 1989 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Sea Turtles: Ancient Nomads 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

They're Doing My Time 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Generations 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices & Visions 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

In Love and War 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Square Dance 1987 (Movie)

Juanelle (Actor)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood & Orchids 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice in Wonderland 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Calamity Jane 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Addy (Actor)

Testament 1983 (Movie)

Carol Wetherly (Actor)

Dear Liar 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Lillian Gray (Actor)

Night Crossing 1980 (Movie)

Doris Strelzyk (Actor)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

Margaret Phelps (Actor)

Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

Alicia Hardeman (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Bookkeeper (Actor)

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on 34th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

Dorothy Fehler (Actor)

A Gunfight 1970 (Movie)

Nora Tenneray (Actor)

The Great White Hope 1970 (Movie)

Eleanor Bachman (Actor)

A Circle of Children (TV Show)

Actor

A Friendship in Vienna (TV Show)

Actor

A Question of Love (TV Show)

Actor

Daughter of the Streets (TV Show)

Actor

Death Be Not Proud (TV Show)

Actor

In the Custody of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

New Year (TV Show)

Actor

Open Admissions (TV Show)

Actor

Playing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

Stay the Night (TV Show)

Actor

This Is the West That Was (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Springs (TV Show)

Actor

When She Says No (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Square Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A much-lauded Broadway performer whose Tony Award-winning performance in "The Great White Hope" led to an Academy Award-nominated reprisal of her role on the big screen in 1970, Jane Alexander established herself as one of the most respected actresses across all media during the 1970s. In a career that stretched ahead more than three decades, the fresh-scrubbed New Englander was often cast as forthright, sympathetic characters, and was noted for the seemingly effortless simplicity and unmannered honesty of her work. Alexander never strayed far from the Broadway stage, earning multiple Tony nominations for dramas including "The Visit" and "First Monday in October," and taking home an award for "The Sisters Rosensweig." Onscreen, Alexander earned Oscar nominations for dramas including "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and the gripping nuclear holocaust story "Testament" (1983). Throughout her career, Alexander also showed an affinity for biographical and historical material, like the Watergate tell-all "All the President's Men" (1977), for which she was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress; her work in several biographical films about the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portraying first lady and Civil Rights advocate Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC, 1976) and "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC, 1977) as well as the president's overbearing mother Sara in the HBO film "Warm Springs" (2005). Respected by the arts community for her valuable work as head of the National Endowment for the Arts during the 1990s, Alexander remained one of the most respected actresses well into the new millennium.

Relationships

Geoffrey Sherin

Step-Son

Jonathan Sherin

Step-Son

Jace Alexander Director

Son
Born April 7, 1964; father, Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

Husband

Thomas Quigley

Father

Ruth Quigley

Mother

Daniel Quigley

Grandfather
Was the personal doctor for Buffalo Bill Cody

Ed Sherin Director

Husband
Met when Sherin directed her in the original production of "The Great White Hope" at Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Anthony Sherin

Step-Son

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1957 - 1959
Transferred to University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

1959 - 1960
Dropped out to pursue acting career

Beaver County Day School

Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in "Dream House"

2011

Portrayed HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Hallmark Channel TV-movie "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance"

2009

Played Paul Dano's mother in the independent comedy "Gigantic"

2009

Appeared in McG directed "Terminator Salvation" opposite Christian Bale

2007

Cast in Robert Benton's ensemble drama "Feast of Love"

2006

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"

2005

Cast in an Emmy award winning role as FDR's overbearing and negatively-minded mother, Sara Roosevelt in the HBO Films original movie "Warm Springs"

2000

Headlined "The Cherry Orchard" at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ

2000

Guest starred in a two-part crossover "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC); both directed by husband Ed Sherin; received Emmy nomination

1999

Resumed feature acting career as Nurse Edna in the film adaptation of John Irving's "The Cider House Rules"

1998

Returned to Broadway in "Honour"; received sixth Tony Award nomination (fifth as Actress in a Play)

1992

Starred on Broadway in "The Sisters Rosensweig" by Wendy Wasserstein; received fifth Tony nomination

1991

Executive produced and starred in the PBS drama "A Marriage: Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz"

1989

Had small role as Matthew Broderick's mother in "Glory"

1987

First feature film as co-executive producer, "Square Dance"; also starred

1985

Played Hedda Hopper to Elizabeth Taylor's Louella Parsons in the CBS TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"

1984

Produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Calamity Jane"

1983

Earned second Oscar nomination as a mother who survives a nuclear bomb in the film "Testament"

1983

Portrayed Annie Sullivan in William Gibson's stage sequel "Monday After the Miracle"

1981

Played the title role in "Hedda Gabler" at the Hartman Theatre in Boston

1980

Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in the CBS TV-movie "Playing for Time"

1979

Played the neighbor in "Kramer vs. Kramer"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1978

Co-starred with Henry Fonda in the Broadway play "First Monday in October"; earned fourth Tony Award nomination

1977

Reprised role for the ABC movie sequel, "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"

1976

Played the title role of Catherine Sloper in the Broadway revival of "The Heiress"

1976

Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the ABC biographical drama "Eleanor and Franklin"

1976

Cast as a reluctant source in "All the President's Men"; earned second Oscar nomination as Supporting Actress

1974

Appeared opposite Michael Moriarty in "Find Your Way Home" on Broadway; earned third Tony Award nomination

1972

TV-movie acting debut in "Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol" (CBS)

1972

Starred on Broadway in the comedy "6 Rms Riv Vu"; received second Tony Award nomination

1969

Made feature debut reprising her stage role for "The Great White Hope"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Actress

1968

Made first TV episodic appearance in "NYPD" (ABC)

1968

Made Broadway debut in "The Great White Hope"

1966

Was a member of the Arena Stage acting company in Washington, DC

1965

Made television debut in PBS' "Repertory Theatre: St. Patrick's Day"

1964

Acted with the Charles Playhouse, Boston

Made stage debut as a child in "Treasure Island" in Boston, MA

Starred opposite Nigel Hawthorne in the Broadway production of "Shadowlands"

Bonus Trivia

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Alexander was awarded the Israel Cultural Award in 1982.

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In 1984, Alexander won the Helen Caldicott Leadership Award.

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