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Also Known As: Jane Therese Curtin Died:
Born: September 6, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark genius to the offbeat sitcom "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Curtin's solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.

Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark genius to the offbeat sitcom "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Curtin's solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ode to Joy (2018)
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5.
 Heat, The (2013)
6.
 I Love You, Man (2009)
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 Shaggy Dog, The (2006)
10.
 Brooklyn Lobster (2005)
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1995:
Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in "Tad," a Family Channel TV-movie
1988:
Starred as Linda McLaidlaw in "American Playhouse" presentation of "Suspicion," a remake of the 1941 Hitchcock film
1981:
Made Broadway debut as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" with Joanne Woodward
2006:
Cast as the wacky matriarch of a disjointed family in ABC's "Crumbs"
1968:
Joined "The Proposition" comedy group
1989:
Played Melissa Gardner in A R Gurney's "Love Letters" at NYC's Promenade theatre
1993:
Recreated her SNL "Conehead" character for the feature film "Coneheads"
1990:
Returned to series TV as star of NBC's short-lived "Working It Out"
1982:
Made TV-movie debut in "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (ABC)
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Wrote material for and performed with Off-Broadway musical revue "Pretzel"
1988:
Acted opposite Dabney Coleman in NBC movie "Maybe Baby"
2002:
Appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse summer production of "Our Town"
1984:
Played Allie Lowell on the popular CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie"
1983:
Reprised role of Prossie in the Entertainment Channel's production of "Candida"
1990:
Starred as Alice McGoff in "Common Ground," a CBS miniseries (directed by Mike Newell) about the desegregation of Boston schools in the early 1970s
1975:
Made TV debut as regular cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; was one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players
2005:
Co-starred with Danny Aiello in director Kevin Jordan's family-inspired drama "Brooklyn Lobster"
1980:
Cast in film acting debut in "How to Beat the High Cost of Living," which teamed her with Susan Saint James years before their "Kate & Allie" pairing; cast also included later co-star Dabney Coleman in a rare romantic lead
1996:
Returned to series TV as co-star of "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC)
2004:
Cast as the doleful library employee Charlene in the TNT TV-movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," starring Noah Wyle
2006:
Reprised the role of Charlene in TNT's "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines"
2008:
Made her third appearance as the librarian Charlene in TNT production of "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice"
2009:
Played a supporting role in the comedy "I Love You, Man"
2011:
Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"
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Education

Northeastern University: Boston, Massachusetts - 1967
Elizabeth Seton Junior College: - 1967

Notes

Recalling the desegregation of Boston schools as one who grew up in the area: "We were afraid. Not of being hit on the head. But afraid of change. That's how Alice McGoff felt. I've gotten to know Alice--a delightful, small woman whose children are now all grown. her big concern was, 'Will I come off as a bigot?'" --Jane Curtin in PARADE MAGAZINE, March 25, 1990

About "SNL": "It was simply the best job I ever had. Parts of the job were sheer joy; parts, a nightmare. On an excitement level, a 10. And oh, the adrenaline flow." --Curtin to PARADE MAGAZINE, March 10, 1996

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husband:
Patrick F Lynch. Producer. Married on April 31, 1975.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Joseph Curtin. Owner of an insurance agency.
mother:
Mary Constance Curtin.
cousin:
Valerie Curtin. Screenwriter, actor.
daughter:
Tess Lynch. Born c. 1983; father, Patrick Lynch.
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