Jane Sibbett

Jane Moore Sibbett is an American actress and comedian. Her most notable roles include Heddy Newman on the Fox television series Herman's Head and Carol Willick on the television series Friends.

Jane Sibbett
Jane Moore Sibbett

Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1985–present
Karl Fink
(m. 1992⁠–⁠2016)

Early lifeEdit

Sibbett was born in Berkeley, California, the youngest of five children. She was raised on Alameda Island, in the San Francisco Bay.[1] She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she became a member of the California Delta chapter of Pi Beta Phi, an international women's fraternity.[2]


Sibbett started her acting career as Jane Wilson on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986-87, for which she was nominated for a Best Newcomer Soap Opera Digest Awards.[3] In 1989, she won the role of Laurie Parr on the CBS comedy The Famous Teddy Z, co-starring with Jon Cryer and Alex Rocco. The series lasted one season. In 1991, Sibbett was cast as status-conscious bombshell Heddy Newman on the Fox sitcom Herman's Head,[4] which quickly gained a cult following on the young broadcast network and lasted three seasons. Beginning in 1994, she played the occasional role of Carol Willick on Friends, a part-time stint that lasted until the end of the show's seventh season in 2001. During her Friends association, Sibbett had regular roles on the short-lived CBS sitcom If Not for You (1995), playing the jilted fiancée of her former Herman's Head co-star Hank Azaria, and in the second season of The WB's Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (1997–98), playing school headmaster Dr. Katherine Emerson.

Sibbett has appeared in more than 200 episodes of multiple TV series, including 21 Jump Street and The Nanny. She starred in the 1998 movie Noah alongside Tony Danza and Wallace Shawn as well as in 1998's The Second Arrival, alongside Patrick Muldoon and Michael Sarrazin. She appeared in Dan O'Bannon's 1992 film The Resurrected. She co-starred with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in It Takes Two (1995),[5][6] and the telefilm, Au Pair (1999).[7][8]

Sibbett co-produced four documentaries on Braco, a Croatian faith healer, with her company, Wild Aloha Studios, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The latest, Evolution, was released on August 30, 2013.

Sibbett has been directing theater in Hawaii, with two sold out years of One Billion Rising and Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues at The Kahilu Theatre on Hawaii Island. Sibbett's new play, SHE'ISLAND, co-written by the women of Hawaii Island opened in April 2016, also at the Kahilu Theatre.[9]


Sibbett has long been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. She runs the 1736 Family Crisis Center in Los Angeles.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1992, Sibbett married Karl Fink, a TV writer and producer who worked on the first two seasons of Herman's Head. Fink and Sibbett divorced in January 2016. They have three children, Ruby (b. 1992), Kai (b. 1994), and Violet (b. 2000).[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Promises to Keep Libby
1986 One Terrific Guy Donna Cumberland
1988 Going to the Chapel Jude
1988 Miracle at Beekman's Place Alex Peterson
1990 Fear Newscaster
1991 Shatterbrain Claire Ward
1995 It Takes Two Clarice Kensington
1997 Just in Time Brenda Hyatt
1998 Noah Angela
1998 The Second Arrival Bridget Riordan
1999 Au Pair Vivian Berger
1999 Sealed with a Kiss a.k.a. First Comes Love Christina Ethridge
2002 Generation Gap
2002 Snow Dogs Nana Voice
2004 A One Time Thing Casey Hill
2005 Once Upon a Christmas
2005 Buffalo Dreams Blaine Townsend
2006 A Merry Little Christmas Madeline Bridges
2008 Legacy Mrs. Whittington Also known as Pretty Little Devils
2016 Jessica Darling's It List Mrs. Darling
2017 Winter Wedding Marilyn
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Shawna 1 episode
1986 The Fall Guy Girl 1 episode
1987 Santa Barbara Jane Wilson 50 episodes
1988 Valerie Melanie 1 episode
1988 My Two Dads Ashley Bokowski 1 episode
1988 Cheers Kim Cooperman 1 episode
1989 21 Jump Street Louise 1 episode
1989–1990 The Famous Teddy Z Laurie Parr 20 episodes
1990 Jake and the Fatman Dana Ashford 1 episode
1991 Quantum Leap Diane Frost 1 episode
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Holographic dance partner 1 episode, Data's Day
1992 Likely Suspects - 1 episode
1994 Burke's Law (1994 series) Meg Harden 1 episode
1991–1994 Herman's Head Heddy Newman 72 episodes
1991–1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Dianna Grayson 1 episode
1995 Matlock A.D.A. Katie Clark 1 episode
1995 If Not for You Melanie 7 episodes
1996 Touched by an Angel Emily Houghton 1 episode
1997 The Nanny Morgan Faulkner/Marcy Feldman 1 episode
1997–1998 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Dr. Katherine Emerson 21 episodes
1999 It's Like, You Know... Erika 1 episode
1994–2001 Friends Carol Willick 15 episodes
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Robin Davis 1 episode
2002 Ally McBeal Beth Herman 1 episode
2002 Once and Again Jeannine Blue 2 episodes
2006 What About Brian Tracy 1 episode
2007 Out of Jimmy's Head Ms. Shank 1 episode


  1. ^ "Jane Sibbett Biography". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Famous members". Pi Beta Phi. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  3. ^ List of Soap Opera Digest Awards[failed verification]
  4. ^ Jicha, Tom (September 7, 1991). "Fox Network Should Hang 'Herman's Head' In Shame". Sun-Sentinel. Ft. Lauderdale. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Hinson, Hal (November 17, 1995). "It Takes Two". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Klady, Leonard (November 19, 1995). "Review: 'It Takes Two'". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Au Pair (1999)". AllRovi. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jane Sibbett: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Rose, Karen (October 23, 2015). "SHE'ISLAND producer offers staged reading". West Hawaii Today. Kailua-Kona. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "About". Jane's Dancing Hands. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jane Sibbett was offered Jennifer Aniston's Friends role". Contactmusic.com. September 24, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2021.

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