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Adams, Jane 1965–

Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television

ADAMS, Jane 1965–


Born April 1, 1965, in Washington, DC; daughter of William (an engineer) and Janice (an administrative assistant) Adams. Education: The Juilliard School, B.F.A., 1989; studied acting at Cornish College of the Arts; studied political science at University of Washington, Seattle.

Addresses: Agent—Brian Mann, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Peg Donegan, Framework Entertainment, 9057 Nemo St., Suite C, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Career: Actress. Also worked as a nursery school teacher.

Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, outstanding new performer, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding debut of an actress, Clarence Derwent Award, and Drama Desk Award nomination, all 1991, for I Hate Hamlet; Antoinette Perry Award and Drama Desk Award, both outstanding featured actress, 1994, for An Inspector Calls; National Board of Review Award (with others), best ensemble performance, 1998, for Happiness; Special Jury Prize (with others), Sundance Film Festival, dramatic category, outstanding ensemble performance, 2000, for Songcatcher; San Diego Critics Circle Award, for The Glass Menagerie.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Bombs Away, 1985.

Suzanne Maloney, Vital Signs, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1990.

Randi Joseph, Light Sleeper, Fine Line, 1992.

Evans, I Love Trouble, Buena Vista, 1994.

Ruth Hale, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table), Fine Line, 1994.

Dr. Megan Eisenberg, Father of the Bride Part II, Buena Vista, 1995.

Nettie Bolt, Kansas City, Fine Line, 1996.

Irene, Music from Another Room, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1998.

Joy Jordan, Happiness, Good Machine, 1998.

Marie, Day at the Beach, 1998.

Ruthie, A Fish in the Bathtub, Curb Entertainment, 1998.

(Uncredited) Sydney Anne, You've Got Mail, Warner Bros., 1998.

Dr. Phyllis Sheeler, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999.

Oola, Wonder Boys (also known as Die Wonder Boys and Wonderboys—Lauter Wunderknaben), Paramount, 2000.

Rebels with a Cause (documentary), Zeitgeist Films, 2000.

Clair Forsyth, The Anniversary Party, Fine Line, 2001.

Eleanor "Elna" Penleric, Songcatcher, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Mona, Orange County, Paramount, 2002.

Carrie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Focus Features, 2004.

Second white–faced woman, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (also known as Lemony Snicket), Paramount, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Karen Lukens Nichols, Relativity, ABC, 1996–1997.

Dr. Melinda "Mel" Karnofsky Crane, a recurring role, Frasier, NBC, 1999–2000.

Reeva Baines Eidenberg, Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sara Scott, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Meg Bradley, Rising Son, TNT, 1990.

Mary Joan, A Texas Funeral, Starz!, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Elly Robinson, "Taking a Stand," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1989.

Michelle, Notes for My Daughter, ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Charlotte Rose Cantrell, "Deliver Us from Goodness," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1986.

First love, "Dear Mallory," Family Ties, NBC, 1989.

Marty Brody, "They Can't Take That Away from Me: Parts 1 & 2," Family Ties, NBC, 1989.

Beth, "Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story" (also known as "Dead Drunk"), Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1993.

Mona Bailey, "What Will the Neighbors Think?," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

Amanda, "The Doghouse," Night Visions, Fox, 2001.

(Uncredited) Mother of dead baby, "Milfay," Carnivale, HBO, 2003.

Sylvia Campbell, "The Gift," Law & Order: CriminalIntent, NBC, 2003.

Appeared in an episode of All Together Now.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Ruth, From Where I Sit, CBS, 2000.

Reeva Baines Eidenberg, Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

Tippy Blite, The Nice and the Nasty, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Opal, "Mutterschaft," The 1990 Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1990.

Deidre McDavey, I Hate Hamlet, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Mary Warren, The Crucible, National Actors Theatre, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991–1992.

Sheila Birling, An Inspector Calls, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1994–1995.

Brave New World (benefit performance), Town Hall Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Rose Arnott, Enchanted April, Belasco Theatre, 2003.

Lisa Davis, Match, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Appeared in Greetings from Elsewhere, Cabaret, Love Diatribe, and The Nice and the Nasty, all Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA; Candide/Len Jenkin, Pioneer Square Theatre; Careless Love, Empty Space Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; Psychoneurotic Phantasies, off–Broadway production; Talking With, Group Theatre; and Our Town.



Interview, April, 1999.

London Evening Standard, April 19, 1999.

Out, December, 2000, pp. 44, 46.

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