Jane Anderson

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For the Second World War broadcaster known as the "Georgia Peach", see Jane Anderson (American journalist).
Jane Anderson
Born c. 1954 (age 62–63)
Occupation Actress, playwright, screenwriter, director
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Tess Ayers
Children 1

Jane Anderson (born c. 1954 in California) is an American actress-turned-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She has written and directed one feature film, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) and wrote the script for the Nicolas Cage film It Could Happen to You (1994). She won an Emmy Award for writing the screenplay for the miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014).


Prior to film directing, Anderson wrote and directed several critically acclaimed television movies, notably Normal (2003), starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson; The Baby Dance (1998), starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern; The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993), When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter; and If These Walls Could Talk 2 (segment "1961") (2000), which won Vanessa Redgrave an Emmy Award for her portrayal of an elderly lesbian prevented from hospital visitation with her dying long-time companion.

She became a writer for the AMC television drama Mad Men for the show's second season. She was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series for her work on the second season.[1]

In 2015, Anderson wrote the documentary Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson about her great aunt, Edith Lake Wilkinson, a lesbian and painter who was institutionalized in the 1920s and spent the rest of her life in an asylum for the mentally ill.[2] Anderson cites Wilkinson as an inspiration for own drawing.[2]


Selected director and writer filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b "A Heartfelt Documentary Unpacks the Work of a Forgotten Lesbian Artist | Bitch Media". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  3. ^ http://wif.org/past-recipients
  4. ^ "Brown, Guirgis, Letscher, Metcalf, et al. Win LADCC Awards". Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "2008 Ovation Award Winners Announced". Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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