Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark "straight-man" genius to the offbeat sitcom, "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Enduring the common plight of the "straight man" (or woman), Curtin was seldom given the full credit she was due, but her solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.