Jane Curtin first gained national attention when she made her television debut in 1975 as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on “Saturday Night Live.” During her five year run on that show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy Award nominations.
She starred with Susan Saint James for five years on the popular television series “Kate and Allie,” twice earning the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of affable divorcee Allie Lowell. Curtin went on to a successful six-year run as Dr. Mary Albright on the comedy series “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
Curtin’s other television credits include the critically acclaimed miniseries “Common Ground,” as well as the television movies “Divorce Wars,” “Maybe Baby” and the “The Librarian” series. Her feature film credits include “Antz,” “Coneheads,” “How to Beat the High Cost of Living,” “Suspicion,” “Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video,” “O.C. & Stiggs,” “The Shaggy Dog,” “I Love You Man” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”
Born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., Curtin studied drama at Northeastern University. She was a member of the improvisational theater group The Proposition for four years before going on a national tour with a number of plays, including the comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” She appeared on Broadway with Joanne Woodward as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida,” and later reprised the role on television. Her other stage credits include the off-Broadway musical revue “Pretzels,” which she co-wrote, and several appearances in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters.” Also, she appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Our Town,” which played on Broadway to a sold-out run in late 2002 with Curtin reprising her role.
Her birthday is Sept. 6.