Jane Adams (actress)

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Jane Adams
Born (1965-04-01) April 1, 1965 (age 49)
Washington, D.C., USA
Education Juilliard (BFA, 1989)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present

Jane Adams (born April 1, 1965) is an American film, television, and theatre actress.

Early life[edit]

Jane Adams was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Janis Adams, an administrative assistant, and William Adams, an engineer.[1] She has a younger brother, Jonathan, and was raised in Wheaton, Illinois and Bellevue, Washington. Adams attended the University of Washington, where she studied political science, and the Cornish College of the Arts, where she took theater. She attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1985-1989, Group 18)[2] where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 1989.[3]


Adams then performed theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She turned down the chance to work in Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg for the opportunity to work with Arthur Miller onstage.

She then worked along with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the sequel to Father of the Bride. She went back to the stage and won the 1995 Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for the Broadway revival of An Inspector Calls. She also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best featured actress in a play in the Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet.

In 1998, she starred in Happiness with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the role of Joy, a sensitive single woman who is struggling with life. She and the cast won many ensemble awards. The next year, Adams got a recurring role on the hit comedy series Frasier from 1999 to 2000. She played Dr. Mel Karnofsky, who became Niles Crane's second wife. She also had a role in the film Mumford.

In 2001, she was in the independent film titled Songcatcher, with Janet McTeer. She and the cast won a Sundance Special Jury Prize.

In 2007, she appeared in The Sensation of Sight and The Brave One opposite Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, and Mary Steenburgen.

She recently co-starred in the HBO series Hung opposite Thomas Jane. She starred in and co-wrote the movie All The Light In The Sky with Joe Swanberg


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Bombs Away Greeting Girl
1990 Vital Signs Suzanne Maloney
1992 Light Sleeper Randi Jost
1994 I Love Trouble Evans
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Ruth Hale
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Dr. Megan Eisenberg
1996 Kansas City Nettie Bolt
1998 Music from Another Room Irene
1998 Happiness Joy Jordan Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1998 Day at the Beach Marie
1998 You've Got Mail Sydney Anne (uncredited)
1999 Fish in the Bathtub, AA Fish in the Bathtub Ruthie
1999 Texas Funeral, AA Texas Funeral Mary Joan
1999 Mumford Dr. Phyllis Sheeler
2000 Songcatcher Eleanor 'Elna' Penleric Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast
2000 Wonder Boys Oola
2001 Anniversary Party, TheThe Anniversary Party Clair Forsyth Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 Orange County Mona
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Carrie
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events White Faced Woman
2006 Last Holiday Rochelle
2006 Little Children Sheila
2006 Sensation of Sight, TheThe Sensation of Sight Alice
2007 Brave One, TheThe Brave One Nicole
2008 Wackness, TheThe Wackness Eleanor
2008 Lifelines Nancy Bernstein
2009 Alexander the Last Director
2009 Calvin Marshall June Marshall
2011 Lie, TheThe Lie Dr. Bentel
2011 Silver Bullets June
2011 Restless Mabel
2013 All the Light in the Sky Marie
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Tales from the Darkside Charlotte Rose Cantrell Episode: "Deliver Us from Goodness"
1987 Family Ties First Love Episode: "Dear Mallory"
1989 Family Ties Marty Brodie Episode: "They Can't Take That Away from Me: Part 1"
Episode: "They Can't Take That Away from Me: Part 2"
1989 ABC Afterschool Special Elly Robinson Episode: "Taking a Stand"
1990 Rising Son Meg Bradley TV movie
1993 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Beth Episode: "Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story"
1995 ABC Afterschool Special Michelle Episode: "Notes for My Daughter"
1996 Relativity Karen Lukens 7 episodes
1997 Liberty! Sara Scott TV miniseries
1999 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Mona Bailey Episode: "What Will The Neighbors Think"
1999–2000 Frasier Dr. Mel Karnofsky 11 episodes
2000 Citizen Baines Reeva Eidenberg TV movie
2000 From Where I Sit Ruth TV movie
2001 Night Visions Amanda Episode: "The Doghouse"
2003 Carnivàle Mother of Dead Baby (uncredited) Episode: "Milfay"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sylvia Campbell Episode: "The Gift"
2005 Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Brianna Lincoln TV movie
2007 House Bonnie Episode: "House Training"
2008 In Plain Sight Ruth Ferguson / Ruth Fraser Episode: "Don of the Dead"
2009–2011 Hung Tanya Skagle 30 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joanne Parsons Episode: "Learning Curve"
Year Title Role Notes
1991 I Hate Hamlet Deirdre McDavey Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
1992 Crucible, TheThe Crucible Mary Warren
1994 Inspector Calls, AnAn Inspector Calls Sheila Birling Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
2003 Enchanted April Rose Arnott Replacement
2004 Match Lisa


  • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Made for Television Movie, or Miniseries for Hung (nomination)
  • Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for the Broadway play, An Inspector Calls.
  • Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress for her performance in An Inspector Calls.
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut of an Actress for her role in I Hate Hamlet.
  • Sundance Award Jury Prize Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jane Adams Biography (1965-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Jane Adams biography". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 

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