Curtin, Jane 1947–

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CURTIN, Jane 1947


Full name, Jane Therese Curtin; born September 6, 1947, in Cambridge, MA; daughter of John Joseph (an owner of an insurance agency) and Mary Constance (maiden name, Farrell) Curtin; cousin of Valerie Curtin (a writer and actress); married Patrick F. Lynch (a producer), April, 1975; children: Tess. Education: Elizabeth Seton Junior College, A.A., 1967; attended Northwestern University, 196768.

Addresses: Agent International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actress and writer. The Proposition (comedy group), Cambridge, MA, member of company, 196872. National UNICEF Day, chair, 1987; appeared in public service announcements for the campaign "The More You Know," broadcast by NBC, c. 1989.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations, best supporting actress in a variety or music series, 1978, and best comedyvariety or music program (with others), 1979, both for Saturday Night Live; Emmy awards, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1984 and 1985, Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a comedy or musical television series, 1985, and Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1987, all for Kate & Allie; Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series (with others), 1997, 1998, and 1999, Golden Satellite Award, best actress in a musical or comedy television series, International Press Academy, 1997, and Golden Satellite Award nomination in the same category, 1998, all for 3rd Rock from the Sun; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best supporting actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 2004, for "Our Town," Masterpiece Theatre.


Television Appearances; Series:

Member of Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25 ), NBC, 19751980.

Allison "Allie" Lowell, Kate & Allie, CBS, 19841989.

Sarah Marshall, Working It Out (also known as The Jane Curtin Show ), NBC, 1990.

Dr. Mary Margaret Albright, 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life As We Know It and 3rd Rock ), NBC, 19962001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Vickey Sturgess, Divorce Wars: A Love Story (also known as Divorce Wars ), ABC, 1982.

Julia Gilbert, Maybe Baby (also known as Sooner or Later ), NBC, 1988.

Alice McGoff, Common Ground, CBS, 1990.

Mary Todd Lincoln, Tad, syndicated, 1995.

Fran Kavner, Catch a Falling Star, CBS, 2000.

Mrs. Myrtle Webb, "Our Town," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Things We Did Last Summer, NBC, 1978.

NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars IV, ABC, 1978.

NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars VI, ABC, 1979.

Bob and Ray and Jane, Laraine, and Gilda, NBC, 1981.

The Robert Klein Show, NBC, 1981.

Proserpine "Prossie" Garnett, Candida (also known as Broadway on Showtime: Candida ), E! Entertainment Television, 1984.

Laura, Bedrooms, HBO, 1984.

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, ABC, 1985.

The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration, CBS, 1986.

Evil Queen, Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (also known as Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ), NBC, 1987.

Sesame Street Special (also known as Put Down the Duckie ), PBS, 1988.

Linda McLaidlaw, "Suspicion," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

Host, Jackie Gleason: The Great One (also known as How Sweet It Is: A Wake for Jackie Gleason ), CBS, 1988.

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary, NBC, 1989.

That's What Friends Are For, CBS, 1990.

Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home! (also known as Don't Try This at Home!, Penn & Teller's New York Sting, and Penn & Teller's Radio City Sting ), NBC, 1990.

Life of Python (also known as Life of Python: Monty Python 20th Anniversary Omnibus ), Showtime, 1990.

"Just for Laughs: The Montreal International Comedy Festival" (also known as "Just for Laughs IV" and "Juste pour rire IV"), Showtime Comedy Spotlight, Showtime, 1991.

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan (also known as Los Angeles and Chicago Salute Michael Jordan ), NBC, 1991.

Host, Retaining Laughter, Lifetime, 1991.

The Creative Spirit, PBS, 1992.

Baseball Relief: An AllStar Comedy Salute, Fox, 1993.

Narrator, Understanding, 1994.

Lifetime Applauds: The Fight against Breast Cancer, Lifetime, 1995.

Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1996.

Interviewee, Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

(In archive footage) SNL Remembers John Belushi, NBC, 2002.

On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize, PBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Regina Parker, "Romance Roulette," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977.

"The Class Hustler," What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, NBC, 1977.

Narrator, "Duncan and Dolores," Reading Rainbow, 1988.

"Broken Windows," Tattinger's, NBC, 1989.

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, 1989, 1990.

Anne, "Lost Weekend," Dave's World, 1994.

Voice of Mrs. Clemperer, "Wild Child," Recess (animated; also known as Disney's Recess ), ABC, 1998.

Voice of Hippolyte, "Hercules and the Girdle of Hippolyte," Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's Hercules ), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

(In archive footage) "Saturday Night Live," TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Guest, The View, 2002.

Voice of Lady Ada Byron Lovelace, "Hugs and Witches," Cyberchase, PBS, 2003.

Also appeared in The Comedy Zone.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Voice of Prymaat Conehead, The Coneheads, NBC, 1983.

Susan Baker, Mystery Dance, ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

Presenter, The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1997.

Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997.

Presenter, The 50th Emmy Awards, ABC, 1998.

Film Appearances:

Herself, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, New Line Cinema, 1979.

Elaine, How to Beat the High Co$t of Living, Filmways, 1980.

Elinore Schwab, O. C. and Stiggs, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1987.

Prymaat Conehead/Mary Margaret DeCicco, Coneheads, Paramount, 1993.

Voice of Muffy, Antz (animated), Dreamworks, 1998.

Stage Appearances:

Pretzels (revue), Theatre Four, New York City, 19741975.

Miss Proserpine "Prossy" Garnet, Candida, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1981.

Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Dotty Otley, Noises Off, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Mrs. Myrtle Webb, Our Town, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2002, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 20022003.

Major Tours:

Toured in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, U.S. cities.



The Best of John Belushi, Warner Home Video, 1985.

The Best of Dan Aykroyd, Warner Home Video, 1986.

The Best of Gilda Radner, Warner Home Video, 1989.

Saturday Night Live Christmas, Trimark Video, 1999.



(Contributor) Pretzels (revue), Theatre Four, New York City, 19741975.



Parade, March 25, 1990; March 10, 1996.

People Weekly, June 26, 2000, p. 81.


It's Always Something: The Gilda Radner Story (television special), 2002.