Jane Adams (actress)
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Jane Adams (born April 1, 1965) is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the original production of I Hate Hamlet in 1991, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 1994 revival of An Inspector Calls. Her film roles include Happiness (1998), Wonder Boys (2000), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and Little Children (2006). She also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Frasier (1999–2000), and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for the HBO series Hung (2009–11).
|Education||University of Washington, Seattle|
Cornish College of the Arts
Juilliard School (BFA)
Jane Adams was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of Janice, an administrative assistant, and William Adams, an engineer. She has a younger brother, Jonathan, and was raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and Bellevue, Washington.
Adams attended the University of Washington, where she studied political science, and the Cornish College of the Arts, where she took theater. She attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1985-1989, Group 18) where she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1989.[unreliable source?]
She worked with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in Father of the Bride Part II. She went back to the stage and won the 1994 Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for the Broadway revival of An Inspector Calls. She also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best debut performance in a play in the Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet.
In 1998, she starred in Happiness with Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing the role of Joy, a sensitive single woman who is struggling with life. She and the cast won many ensemble awards. The next year, Adams got a recurring role on the hit comedy series Frasier from 1999 to 2000. She played Dr. Mel Karnofsky, who became Niles Crane's second wife. She also had a role in the film Mumford.
In 2001, she was in the independent film titled Songcatcher, with Janet McTeer. She and the cast won a Sundance Special Jury Prize. She also portrayed Reeva Baines Eidenberg in the CBS drama series Citizen Baines.
|1986||Tales from the Darkside||Charlotte Rose Cantrell||Episode: "Deliver Us from Goodness"|
|1987, 1989||Family Ties||First Love / Marty Brodie||3 episodes|
|1989, 1995||ABC Afterschool Special||Elly Robinson / Michelle||2 episodes|
|1990||Rising Son||Meg Bradley||Television film|
|1993||Lifestories: Families in Crisis||Beth||Episode: "Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story"|
|1996||Relativity||Karen Lukens||7 episodes|
|1997||Liberty!||Sara Scott||6 episodes|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Mona Bailey||Episode: "What Will The Neighbors Think"|
|1999–2000||Frasier||Dr. Mel Karnofsky||11 episodes|
|2000||Citizen Baines||Reeva Eidenberg||9 episodes|
|2000||From Where I Sit||Ruth||Pilot|
|2001||Night Visions||Amanda||Episode: "The Doghouse"|
|2003||Carnivàle||Mother of Dead Baby||Uncredited|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sylvia Campbell||Episode: "The Gift"|
|2005||Stone Cold||Brianna Lincoln||Television film|
|2007||House||Bonnie||Episode: "House Training"|
|2008||In Plain Sight||Ruth Ferguson / Ruth Fraser||Episode: "Don of the Dead"|
|2009–2011||Hung||Tanya Skagle||30 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joanne Parsons||Episode: "Learning Curve"|
|2013||Axe Cop||Red Headed Women||Voice|
Episode: "Super Axe"
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Belinda Goff||Episode: "Rubbery Homicide"|
|2016–2019||Easy||Annabelle Jones||5 episodes|
|2016||Atlanta||Janice||Episode: "Nobody Beats the Biebs"|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Constance Talbot||6 episodes|
|2017||Claws||Gladys Coleman Pirette||4 episodes|
|2018–2019||Sneaky Pete||Maggie Murphy||8 episodes|
|2020||Messiah||Miriam Keneally||10 episodes|
|1991||I Hate Hamlet||Deirdre McDavey||Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance|
|1992||The Crucible||Mary Warren|
|1994||An Inspector Calls||Sheila Birling|
|2003||Enchanted April||Rose Arnott||Replacement|
|2006||Resurrection Blues||Emily Shapiro|
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