Krakowski, Jane 1968–

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KRAKOWSKI, Jane 1968–


Original name, Jane Krajkowski; born October 11, 1968, in Parsippany, NJ; daughter of Ed (a chemical engineer) and Barbara (a college theater instructor) Krajkowski. Education: Attended Professional Children's School.

Addresses: Agent— The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist— Patricola/Lust Public Relations, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actress and singer. Appeared in television commercial for Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo.

Awards, Honors: Daytime Emmy Award nomination, best ingenue in a daytime drama series, 1986, for Search for Tomorrow; Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 1998, 2000, 2001, Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 1999, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture, 1999, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a series, comedy or musical, 2001, all for Ally McBeal; Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding featured actress in a musical, Drama Desk Award, outstanding featured actress in a musical, Antoinette Perry Award, best performance by a featured actress in a musical, 2004, all for Nine: The Musical; Antoinette Perry Award and Drama Desk Award, both for Grand Hotel; Los Angeles Drama Critic Award, best actress, and DramaLogue Award, both for Henceforward.


Film Appearances:

No Big Deal, 1983.

Cousin Vicki, National Lampoon's Vacation (also known as Vacation, American Vacation, and National Lampoon's Summer Vacation), Warner Bros., 1983.

Babysitter, Fatal Attraction, Paramount, 1987.

Lynne, Stepping Out, Paramount, 1991.

Christine, Mrs. Winterbourne, TriStar, 1996.

Diane, Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues), 1997.

Patricia, Dance with Me, Columbia, 1998.

Irene, Go, Columbia, 1999.

Betty Rubble, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, MCA/Universal, 1999.

Voice of Female Sloth, Ice Age (animated), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Lauren Farb, Marci X, Paramount, 2003.

Mrs. Wilson, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, 2003.

Dorie, Alfie, Paramount, 2004.

Emily, Pretty Persuasion, 2004.

Also appeared in Shut Up and Dance.

Televison Appearances; Series:

Rebecca "T. R." Kendall, Search for Tomorrow, NBC, 1984–1986.

Elaine Vassal, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997—.

Host, The List, VH1, 1999.

Elaine Vassal, Ally, Fox, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jane Jackson, Alex Haley's Queen (also known as Queen), CBS, 1993.

Televison Appearances; Movies:

Linda Rosen, When We Were Young (also known as That Magic Moment), NBC, 1989.

Melba, Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules (also known as The Art of Seduction and Women & Men 2), 1991.

Voice of CatDog's mother/Pussycat Catfield, CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery (animated), Nickelodeon, 2001.

Rachel Morgan, Just a Walk in the Park, ABC Family, 2002.

The Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, 2004.

Liza Minelli, Simply Halston, HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Lizzie Dodge, Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless, ABC, 1983.

Herself, The 44th Annual Tony Awards, 1990.

The singer, "A Simple Melody," Great Performances 20th Anniversary, PBS, 1992.

The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1999.

The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty, PBS, 1999.

The American Red Cross Holiday Music Spectacular, Fox, 1999.

Presenter, The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, HBO Plus, 1999.

Holiday Music Spectacular From Miami Beach 2000, Fox, 2000.

All–Access Pass: A Behind–the–Scenes Look at the 14th Annual American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 2000.

The 6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

The 54th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2000.

Presenter, The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2000.

The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards, Fox, 2000.

Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart (documentary), Lifetime, 2001.

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001, PBS, 2001.

All about Ally (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Jim Brickman: Love Songs & Lullabies, 2002.

The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003.

Presenter, The 58th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Samantha Neal, Taste, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Cafe singer, "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, 1993.

Katherine Burns, "An Invitation to Romance," Due South, CBS, 1996.

Dr. Amy Handelman, "Baby," Early Edition, CBS, 1996.

"Vending Machine," The High Life, 1996.

Herself, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Herself, Mad TV, Fox, 1999.

Herself, "Higher Calling," Snoops, ABC, 1999.

Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2000, 2003.

Voice of Breezy, "Tito Sitting/There's Something about Breezy," Rocket Power (animated), Nickelodeon, 2002.

Dr. Gretchen Trott, "The Doctor Is In," Everwood, The WB, 2002.

Dr. Gretchen Trott, "My Funny Valentine," Everwood, The WB, 2003.

Narrator, Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top, Comedy Central, 2003.

Live with Regis & Kelly, 2003.

The View, ABC, 2004.

Mrs. Smith, "One for My Baby," Hack, CBS, 2004.

Emma Spevak, "Bound," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2004.

Voice of Breezy, "Summer Breezy/Sammy's Fortune," Rocket Power (animated), Nickelodeon, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1979.

Fredrika, A Little Night Music, York Players Company, Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1981.

(Off–Broadway debut) American Passion, 1984.

Denise Fine, Miami, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1986.

Perfect for Blue, Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1986.

(Broadway debut) Dinah, Starlight Express, Gershwin Theatre, 1987–1989.

Flaemmchem the typist, Grand Hotel, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Zoe, Henceforward, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1991–1992.

Jessica Ryan, Face Value, New York City, 1993.

April, Company, Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, 1995.

Gloria Kramer, One Touch of Venus, City Center, New York City, 1996.

Maryann, Tartuffe: Born Again, Circle in the Square Uptown, New York City, 1996.

Lady Larkin, Once upon a Mattress, New York City, 1996.

Mabel Normand, Mack and Mabel, Los Angeles, 2000.

Fanny Brice, Funny Girl, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Carla, Nine: The Musical, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Also appeared in Encores! One Touch of Venus.



Recorded Lost in Boston IV; Sondheim at the Movies; Hudson River Blues; The Burt Bacharach Album.

Music Videos:

Appeared in "Goodbye Earl" by the Dixie Chicks, 2000.



Parade, June 29, 2003, p. 18.

People Weekly, July 26, 1999, p. 128; July 20, 1998, p. 87.