Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1939-10-28 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

57 Movies · 16 TV shows

Also Known As: Jane Quigley

Biography

Jane Alexander (née Quigley; born October 28, 1939) is an American actress and author. She is the recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and nominations for four Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. From 1993 to 1997, Alexander served as the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.Alexander won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway production of The Great White Hope. Other Broadway credits include, 6 Rms Riv Vu (1972), The Night of the Iguana (1988), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993) and Honour (1998). She has received a total of eight Tony Award nominations and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994.Her film breakthrough came with the romantic drama The Great White Hope (1970), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her subsequent Oscar nominations were for her roles in; All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Testament (1983). An eight-time Emmy nominee, she received her first nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin (1976), a role that required her to age from 18 to 60. She has won two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Playing for Time (1980) and Warm Springs (2005).

Personal Life

Alexander met her first husband, Robert Alexander, in the early 1960s in New York City, where both were pursuing acting careers. They had one son, Jace Alexander, in 1964, and the couple divorced a decade later. Alexander had been acting regularly in various regional theaters when she met producer/director Edwin Sherin in Washington, DC, where he was artistic director at Arena Stage. Alexander starred in the original theatrical production of The Great White Hope under Sherin's direction at Arena Stage prior to the play's Broadway debut. The two became good friends and, once divorced from their respective spouses, became romantically involved, marrying in 1975. Between the two, they have four children, Alexander's son Jace and Sherin's three sons, Tony, Geoffrey, and Jon. Edwin Sherin died at the age of 87, on May 4, 2017.

Early Life

Alexander was born Jane Quigley in Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of Ruth Elizabeth (née Pearson), a nurse, and Thomas B. Quigley, an orthopedic surgeon. She graduated from Beaver Country Day School, an all-girls school in Chestnut Hill outside of Boston, where she discovered her love of acting.Encouraged by her father to go to college before embarking on an acting career, Alexander attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she concentrated on theater, but also studied mathematics with an eye toward computer programming, in the event that she failed as an actress. Also while at Sarah Lawrence, she shared an apartment with Hope Cooke, who would become Queen Consort of Sikkim. Alexander spent her junior year studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she participated in the Edinburgh University Dramatic Society. The experience solidified her determination to continue acting.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Tales from the Loop

Tales from the Loop

2020
The story of the town and people who live above The loop, a machine built to explore the mysteries of the universe, makes things possible that were previously only to science fiction.
The Man in the Woods

The Man in the Woods

2020
A boarding school student goes missing in the woods on a snowy night. Her friends, a disgraced quarterback, and a shunned ex-cop agree to search for her. They confront the lies, ghost stories, and dem...

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Modern Love

Modern Love

2019
There are many types of love in the series.
Alan Pakula: Going for Truth

Alan Pakula: Going for Truth

2019
"Alan Pakula: Going for Truth" encompasses the personal and professional life of Alan J. Pakula, a lauded filmmaker and extremely private man, who was unflinching in his commitment to bringing some of...

2018.

1 Movie
Christmas Around the Corner

Christmas Around the Corner

2018
A savvy venture capitalist from New York City escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest at the Fortenbury Bookstore. Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the tow...

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Good Fight

The Good Fight

4.33
2017
One year after the events of the final broadcast episode of "The Good Wife", an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out he...
Three Christs

Three Christs

2017
There is a doctor. Three patients believed they were Jesus Christ and were treated for their mental illness.

2015.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Show Boat

Show Boat

2015
The landmark musical brought vividly to life by the New York Philharmonic, with an all-star cast led by Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander and Fred Willard.
TV
The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

2015
In order to get her freedom in the 19th century, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia, and the jungles of Sierra Leone.

2013.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Mr. Morgan's Last Love

Mr. Morgan's Last Love

2013
A retired professor and a younger French woman are shown in a film.
TV
The Blacklist

The Blacklist

6.61
2013
One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives surrendered to the FBI in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI want to bring down criminals. The FBI can't find criminals because they don't know they ...

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance

William & Catherine: A Royal Romance

2012
The story of William and Catherine is the subject of the film. The romance that they maintained, the break of it and commitment, were shown in the same life of William of Cambridge and Catherine Middl...
TV
Elementary

Elementary

6.05
2012
A crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases is the subject of a modern-day drama. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manha...

2011.

3 Movies
Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

2011
Detective Regan Reilly and cleaning-woman-turned-private-eye Alvirah Meegan, investigate the kidnapping of Regan's father and a young female driver just before the holidays. The race is on to rescue t...
John Muir in the New World

John Muir in the New World

2011
Through this inspiring and beautiful documentary set against the magnificent landscapes of the American West, the life and career of John Muir is brought to life. One of the first nature preservationi...
Dream House

Dream House

7
2011
Will Atenton quit his job in New York to move his family to New England. The husband of a woman who was murdered there with her children is the town's prime suspect. Will got help from a neighbor.

2009.

2 Movies
The Unborn

The Unborn

6
2009
The spirit is taking possession of a woman.
Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

5.9
2009
John needs to lead the resistance. Marcus Wright's existence confuses the mission asConnor tries to determine if he is a friend or foe.

2008.

1 Movie
Gigantic

Gigantic

2008
A young mattress salesman tries to adopt a baby from China but is distracted by a relationship with a wealthy woman at his store A hitman is trying to kill Brian.

2007.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Tell Me You Love Me

Tell Me You Love Me

6
2007
This riveting and provocative drama series explores issues of intimacy within the lives of three couples and the therapist they share.
The Powder & the Glory

The Powder & the Glory

2007
The story of pioneering entrepreneurs Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, who built cosmetics empires and competed against each other for more than fifty years. Starting from nothing, they became h...
Feast of Love

Feast of Love

2007
A community of friends in Oregon have a meditation on love. It is said to be an exploration of the magical, mysterious and sometimes painful incarnations of love.

2006.

3 Movies
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

2006
Diane Arbus is a housewife and mother who works as an assistant to her husband who is a photographer. She feels uncomfortable because she is respected. One night, a new neighbor catches Diane's eye, a...
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays

The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays

2006
The Great White Way comes into your living room via this disc of rare performances from some of Broadway's brightest luminaries. Culled from clips from the Tony Awards shows, this unique collection fe...
Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of  "All the President's Men"

Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of "All the President's Men"

2006
There is a short film about the making of All the President's Men.

2005.

1 Movie
Warm Springs

Warm Springs

2005
Franklin Roosevelt, who was left a paraplegic at 39 years of age, is looking for a miracle cure in the back woods of Georgia.

2004.

1 Movie
In Search of the Titanic

In Search of the Titanic

2004
Tentacolino, or "In Search for the Titanic" tells the story of the familiar characters Juan and Elizabeth, along with their mice friends Top Connors and Ronnie and their bring-along-dog Smile. After t...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Elisa di Rivombrosa

Elisa di Rivombrosa

2003
Set in Piemonte of Carlo Emanuele III, Elisa di Rivombrosa tells the love story between Count Fabrizio Ristori and the maid Elisa Scalzi, lady companion of countess Agnes, mother of Fabrizio. The coup...

2002.

2 Movies
The Ring

The Ring

5.77
2002
It sounded like another urban legend: A videotape filled with frightening images, followed by a phone call that foretold the viewer's death within seven days. Four teenagers met with mysterious deaths...
Sunshine State

Sunshine State

2002
A woman and her new husband have to deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development when they return to their hometown in coastal northern Florida.

2001.

2 Movies
Jenifer

Jenifer

2001
The true story of New York theater producer Jenifer Estess and her two sisters.
Finding the Truth: The Making of 'Kramer vs. Kramer'

Finding the Truth: The Making of 'Kramer vs. Kramer'

2001
A behind-the-scenes look at this Oscar-winning classic about a man who finds himself a single parent after his wife walks out on him, then is forced to fight for custody of his child in court. Include...

1999.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.06
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

6
1999
Homer was liked the most by the orphanage director. Larch. Dr. Homer gets his full medical knowledge from Larch. Homer wants to live outside the orphanage. Larch has a plan.
The Legend of the Titanic

The Legend of the Titanic

1999
Old Grandpa mouse tells to his grandchildren the "real" story of the Titanic disaster, including evil sharks, a giant octopus, and an evil whaling scheme.

1993.

1 Movie

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.

1989.

3 Movies
Mountain View

Mountain View

1989
A dance drama work which, through movement and very little spoken text, details the interaction of several people residing at or visiting a motel or motor inn named Mountain View. Choreographer Marta...
Glory

Glory

5.2
1989
The first all-black volunteer company in the US Civil War was led by Robert Gould Shaw.
Building Bombs

Building Bombs

1989
This Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles everyday life in Aiken, S.C. -- ground zero for America's hydrogen bomb-making facility, the Savannah River Plant. Through interviews with residents, politi...

1988.

2 Movies
Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide

Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide

1988
Ken Howard hosts a series of role-playing vignettes (featuring some of Hollywood's top stars) to help parents and children deal with typical family situations involving the use of illegal drugs.
A Friendship in Vienna

A Friendship in Vienna

1988
Despite the fact that Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer, the two friends are still best friends. They meet secretly when they can't see each other. Lise helped the family escape to America af...

1987.

3 Movies
Sweet Country

Sweet Country

1987
An American couple in Chile is drawn into the turmoil that followed President Salvador Allende's 1973 overthrow.
Square Dance

Square Dance

1987
An awkward 13-year-old leaves her cranky grandfather in rural Texas to live with her mother in Fort Worth.
In Love and War

In Love and War

1987
This movie is an account of US Navy Commander James Stockdale's 8 year imprisonment in North Vietnam. During his confinement in such camps as the infamous "Hanoi Hilton", Stockdale, among other senior...

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Blood & Orchids

Blood & Orchids

1986
Hester Murdoch is found naked and nearly beaten to death by four young Hawaiian men on the beach and taken to the hospital. Some of the men didn't want to get involved, fearing they might be blamed, b...
TV
American Masters

American Masters

1986
American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and others who have left an indelible impr...

1985.

1 Movie
Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

1985
Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintence of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) t...

1984.

3 Movies
When She Says No

When She Says No

1984
Although this women's empowerment TV-movie was written by a woman, it examines how a flirtatious night between one woman and three men goes awry quite powerfully, and both sides are equally represente...
City Heat

City Heat

6
1984
Eastwood is a police lieutenant. Reynolds is a private eye. They used to be good friends, but now are bitter enemies. Murphy is fighting the mob.
Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

1984
The story of Martha Jane Canary aka Calamity Jane.

1983.

1 Movie
Testament

Testament

1983
It's just another day in Hamlin. A series of nuclear warheads have been dropped. The Wetherly family tries to survive as people begin to deal with the aftermath of the attacks.

1982.

2 Movies
In the Custody of Strangers

In the Custody of Strangers

1982
A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail by his parents in the hope that he learns a lesson from it. The events that follow result in the boy spending a long time behind bars...
Night Crossing

Night Crossing

1982
The two men want to leave East Germany, but only if they can take their families with them. The story is based on true events.

1980.

2 Movies
Brubaker

Brubaker

6
1980
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tried to clean it up by pretending to be a prisoner.
Playing for Time

Playing for Time

1980
When a Jewish songstress is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task—using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sen...

1979.

1 Movie
Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

5.82
1979
Ted's work is before his family. He was left by his wife because she couldn't take it anymore. Ted and Billy will take care of the baby.

1978.

3 Movies
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda

1978
Henry Fonda is honored for his career in theater, television and film by friends, family, and co-workers.
The Betsy

The Betsy

1978
A racecar driver is hired by the Ruthless matriarch to build a more efficient vehicle. Things get worse when he romances his mistress.
A Question of Love

A Question of Love

1978
A lesbian mother is trying to keep her child.

1977.

1 Movie
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

1977
The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their 12-year stay at the White House.

1976.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Eleanor and Franklin

Eleanor and Franklin

1976
The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view.
All the President's Men

All the President's Men

3.1
1976
The Watergate scandal was the subject of two investigations during the 1972 elections.

1975.

1 Movie
Death Be Not Proud

Death Be Not Proud

1975
The life and death of John's teenage son Johnny is the subject of the book.

1973.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

1973
A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl that he is Santa, but she doesn't believe him, so he goes on trial to prove who he is.

1972.

2 Movies
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol

Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol

1972
An American soldier in a POW camp in Vietnam keeps alive his memories of his hometown. He goes back to his hometown after being discharged from the military, but he can't find anything.
The New Centurions

The New Centurions

1972
An idealistic cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is taught by a veteran. He loses his family and ambitions as he becomes a police officer.

1971.

1 Movie
A Gunfight

A Gunfight

1971
Two famous gunfighters, Will Tenneray and Abe Cross, are both in need of money. A person named Tenneray came up with the idea of a bullfight arena being the location for a duel to the death, with the ...

1970.

1 Movie
The Great White Hope

The Great White Hope

1970
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

1968.

1 TV show
TV
Adam-12

Adam-12

7.5
1968
Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they patrolled the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit...

1956.

1 TV show
TV
Tony Awards

Tony Awards

1956
The Tony Award for excellence in theatre is an award that recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The Broadway League presented the awards. There are awards for regional theatre and Broadway ...

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...
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