Kaczmarek, Jane 1955–

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Kaczmarek, Jane 1955–


Born December 21, 1955, in Milwaukee, WI; daughter of Edward (a defense department worker) and Evelyn (a teacher) Kaczmarek; married Bradley Whitford (an actor), 1992 (some sources cite 1991); children: Frances, George, Mary Louisa. Education: University of Wisconsin, B.F.A., theatre and studied education; Yale University, M.F.A., drama, 1982; studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles. Avocational Interests: Playing tennis.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 Tenth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Publicist—PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (some sources cite 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

Career: Actress. Appeared in television commercials. Clothes off Our Back (charity), founder (with Bradley Whitford), 2002.

Member: Screen Actors Guild (member of the board of directors).

Awards, Honors: CableACE nomination, best actress in a dramatic presentation, 1983, for The Paper Chase; Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, 1995, for Raised in Captivity; Los Angeles Ovation Award, 1996, for Kindertransport; Q Award nomination, best actress in quality comedy series, Viewers for Quality Television awards, 2000, Television Critics Association awards, individual achievement in comedy, 2000 and 2001, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, American Comedy Award, funniest female performer in a television series (leading role), network, cable, or syndication, 2001, Family Television Award (with others), actress, 2001, Golden Globe Award nominations, best performance by an actress in a television series—comedy/musical, 2001, 2002, and 2003, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series, 2001 and 2003, AFI Television Award nomination, AFI actor of the year—female—series, American Film Institute, 2002, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a series, comedy or musical, International Press Academy, 2002, Teen Choice Award nomination, television—choice actress, comedy, 2002, Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a series, comedy or musical, 2004, and Young Artist Award nomination (with Bryan Cranston), most popular mom and pop in a television series, Young Artists Foundation, 2004, all for Malcolm in the Middle.


Television Appearances; Series:

Connie Lehman, The Paper Chase (also known as The Paper Chase: The Second Year, The Paper Chase: The Third Year, The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year, and The Paper Chase: The Graduation Year), Showtime, 1983.

Officer Clara Tilsky, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Mary Newell Abbott, Hometown, CBS, 1985.

Linda Bauer, Equal Justice, ABC, 1990–91.

Karen Fisher, Big Wave Dave's, CBS, 1993.

Holly, a recurring role, Cybill, CBS, 1996–97.

Carol Anderson, Felicity, The WB, 1999–2000.

Lois, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2000–.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Nina Stern, I'll Take Manhattan, CBS, 1987.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Donna Olian, Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (also known as Flight No. 90 and Florida Flight 90), NBC, 1984.

Mrs. Hall, Something about Amelia, ABC, 1984.

Alicia Frost, The Right of the People, ABC, 1986.

Susan, The Christmas Gift, CBS, 1986.

Dr. Paula Bolet, The Three Kings, ABC, 1987.

Gail Archer, Spooner, The Disney Channel, 1989.

Evening World News science editor Dr. Caroline Jaffe, Without Warning (also known as July 13th), CBS, 1994.

Jan Armstrong, Apollo 11 (also known as Apollo 11: The Movie), The Family Channel, 1996.

Valerie Estess, Jenifer (also known as The Jenifer Estess Story), CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Joanna Brady, The Last Leaf, syndicated, 1984 Glaspell, "Journey into Genius" (also known as "Eugene O'Neill: Journey into Genius"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

Mary Reed, "Boys Will Be Boys," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1994.

Nancy Gallagher, "Educating Mom," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1996.

Voice, Wisconsin: An American Portrait (documentary), PBS, 2000.

Herself, America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001.

Jane Kaczmarek, Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales, HBO, 2003.

Herself, TV Guide: Greatest Moments of 2003 (also known as TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2003), ABC, 2003.

Great Women of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special, NBC, 2003.

John Ritter Remembered, VH1, 2003.

Herself, The Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special, 2004.

Appeared in other specials.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Herself, The Seventh Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2001.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001.

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 2001.

The Third Annual Family Television Awards, CBS, 2001.

The 2001 TV Guide Awards, Fox, 2001.

Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003.

Host, The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards, Starz!, 2004.

Presenter, The Tenth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004.

Presenter, The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Nurse Sandy Burns, "Graveyard," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1982.

Barbara Troy Dannon, "Altered Steele," Remington Steele, NBC, 1983.

Penny/Princess Salana Sharese Khan, "Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1983.

Sandy Burns, "Family History," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

Sandy Burns, "Release," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

Janet Rudman, "Censure," Law & Order, NBC, 1993.

Janice Neiman, "Heroes and Villains," Picket Fences, CBS, 1994.

Mrs. Thompson, "In Loco Parentis," Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Mrs. Thompson, "Strange Bedfellows," Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Ms. Gershonwood, "Whose San Andreas Fault Is It, Anyway?," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

Bonnie Bell, "Out of the Darkness," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995.

Maureen Cutler, "Police Story," Frasier, NBC, 1996.

Maureen Cutler, "Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine," Frasier, NBC, 1997.

Pamela Bourge, "Part IV," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Pamela Bourge, "Trial and Error," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Mrs. Thompson, "Stand by Me," Party of Five, Fox, 1999.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "The Parent Rap," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2001.

Herself, "Malcolm in the Middle: A Stroke of Genius," TVography, Biography, 2002.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "Brawl in the Family," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2002.

Herself, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (also known as American Idol), Fox, 2002.

Herself, E! News Daily, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek (documentary), Lifetime, 2002.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Joan Van Ark (documentary), Lifetime, 2002.

Herself, Mad TV, Fox, 2002.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "Barting Over," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2003.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "Brake My Wife, Please," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2003.

Herself, The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2003.

Herself, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2003, 2004.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "The Wandering Juvie," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2004.

Herself, Good Day Live, Fox, 2004.

Herself, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2004.

On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004, 2005.

Voice of Judge Constance Harm, "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2005.

Appeared as Nickerson in "Wild, Wild Willy and His O.K. Coral, or There Goes the G.L.A.A.D. Award," an unaired episode of Monty, Fox.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Margie Spoleto, For Lovers Only, ABC, 1982.

Crazy Like a Fox, CBS, 1984.

Mary Newell Abbott, Hometown, CBS, 1985.

Linda Bauer, Equal Justice, ABC, 1990.

Karen Fisher, Big Wave Dave's, CBS, 1993.

Eileen Mahovlich, Hollywood Division, CBS, 1995.

Estelle Twisp, Youth in Revolt, Fox, 1996.

Lois, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2000.

Film Appearances:

Mrs. Wilkes, Uncommon Valor, Paramount, 1983.

Ann Raftis, Falling in Love, Paramount, 1984.

Katherine Holloway, Door to Door, Shapiro, 1984.

Emily, The Heavenly Kid (also known as Heavenly Kid), Orion, 1985.

Gail Cornell, D.O.A., Buena Vista, 1988.

Linda, All's Fair (also known as Skirmish), New Century/Vista/Moviestore Entertainment, 1988.

Robyn, Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988.

Dr. Anne Biddows, The Chamber, Universal, 1996.

The Spittin' Image, 1997.

Rita Goodman, Wildly Available, The Movie Group, c. 1997.

David and Jennifer's mother, Pleasantville (also known as Color of Heart), New Line Cinema, 1998.

Stage Appearances:

The Suicide, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980.

Timon of Athens, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1980.

Love's Labour's Lost, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1981–82.

The Man Who Could See through Time, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1981–82.

Rip Van Winkle or "The Works," Yale Repertory Theatre, 1981–82.

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985.

Diane Newburry, The Hands of Its Enemy, City Center Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage I, New York City, 1986.

Susan, Loose Ends, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Eve's Diary [and] The Story of a Tiger (double-bill), New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1991.

Bella, Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, c. 1992.

Helga, Kindertransport, City Center Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage I, 1994, Tiffany Theater, Los Angeles, c. 1995.

Psychologist, Raised in Captivity, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Mainstage, Costa Mesa, CA, c. 1995.

Grace, June, and Vera, Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Karen, Dinner with Friends, South Coast Repertory, Mainstage, 1998.

Appeared in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA; the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA; the O'Neill Playwriting Conference, Waterford, CT, and the Sundance Institute.



Good Housekeeping, September, 2002, pp. 95-96, 99.

InStyle, November, 2001.

People Weekly, May 21, 2001, p. 20.

Tennis, September, 2001, p. 18.

TV Guide, March 18, 2000, pp. 18-20; March 10, 2001, pp. 32-35; October 26, 2002, p. 12.