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Jane Alexander – MovieActors.com

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Alexander in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN.

About Jane Alexander (1939 – )

Jane Alexander was born Jane Quigley on October 28, 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts into a professional job oriented family. Her father, Thomas Quigley was an orthopedic surgeon and her mother Ruth was a nurse. Jane was introduced to acting at the all girls school; Beaver Country Day School, located in the suburbs of Boston.

Urged by her father to have a stable profession on which to fall back on if the acting route fell through, Jane studied math computer science, as well as theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She had the opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she was accepted as a member of the Edinburgh University Dramatic Society. There was no turning back; acting had gotten a hold of her heart and mind.

After Jane Alexander and James Earl Jones had a successful run in the Arena Stage Theatre production of the GREAT WHITE HOPE in Washington D.C. Theatre, Jane made her Broadway debut in the 1968 stage production of THE GREAT WHITE HOPE, again opposite James Earl Jones, when this play was moved to Broadway. Both James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander won Broadway's Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for their performances.

Throughout her stage career, Jane was nominated seven times for Best Actress Tony honors': "6 Rms Riv Vu" (1972), "Find Your Way Home" (1974), "First Monday in October" (1978), "The Visit" (1991), "The Sisters Rosenzweig" (1993), and "Honour" (1998). Jane was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Jane Alexander and James Earl Jones both recreated their roles for their Oscar-nominated performances in the 1970 film version of THE GREAT WHITE HOPE.

Her other three academy nominations were for Best Supporting Actress in the 1977 film, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, Best Supporting Actress in the 1980 film, KRAMER VERSES KRAMER, and for Best Actress in the 1984 film, TESTAMENT. She also was nominated for Golden Globes as well for these three films.

The film that famed Jane Alexander was the role of a strong mother in the 1983 film, TESTAMENT about the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

Not only playing Winona Ryder's mother in SQUARE DANCE in 1987, Jane Alexander also turned producer on this project.

Playing Matthew Broderick's mother, Jane Alexander took an uncredited role in the 1989 film, GLORY as Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw.

Made for TV movies have given Jane Alexander some of her best roles. The 1980 TV movie PLAYNG FOR TIME earned her an Emmy Award.

In 1984, Alexander had two great roles; playing the title role in CALAMITY JANE and portraying gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in MALICE IN WONDERLAND. She was nominated for two Primetime Emmys for these performances.

In 2011, she played HM Queen Elizabeth 11, in the TV movie, WILLIAM AND CATHERINE, A ROYAL ROMANCE.

In the hit 2002 movie, THE RING, Jane Alexander played Dr. Grasnik.

In the 2005 film, WARM SPRINGS, Jane Alexander played FDR's mother, for which she won a Primetime Emmy for her performance.

Previously, Jane Alexander portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in two films; ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN and then again in the 1977 TV movie, ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. She was nominated for Primetime Emmys for both of these performances as well,

Jane continues to work in TV projects, such as the TV series, THE GOOD WIFE;(2011-2015), and the 2015 TV mini-series; THE BOOK OF NEGROES.

Jane's first marrige was to actor/director Robert Alexander on July 23, 1962, but it ended in divorce in 1974. They had one son together, Jace Alexander;(1964), who inherited abilities from both his parents. He is an actor and director in his own right.

Edwin Sherin and Jane Alexander were married in March of 1975. Sherin is a wonderful director with shows like LAW & ORDER, SOUTH BEACH and HILL STREET BLUES.

Jane shared her philosophy of life in an interview: "You have to have the ability to persevere, to get knocked down and get back up again. Just talent isn't enough."

Her parents must of been very proud of all her achievements, and hopefully lived to see her talent as an actress being honored and appreciated.

Jane Alexander's notable movie credits include...

TERMINATOR SALVATION (2009)
THE UNBORN (2009)
GIGANTIC (2008)
FEAST OF LOVE (2007)
FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS (2006)
THE RING (2002)
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999)
CITY HEAT (1984)
KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976)
A GUNFIGHT (1971)
THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (1970)


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Alexander in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999)

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Jane Alexander in CITY HEAT (1984).

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Jane Alexander in KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979).