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Jane Curtin

Jane CurtinAKA Jane Therese Curtin

Born: 6-Sep-1947
Birthplace: Cambridge, MA

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: SNL, Third Rock from the Sun

Jane Curtin dropped out of college to pursue comedy, joining the troupe The Proposition in 1968, and performing with them until 1972. She starred in Pretzels, a play written by Curtin and Fred Grandy, which ran off-Broadway for 3 months in 1974.

Curtin was an original Not Ready For Prime Time Player on Saturday Night Live, often as the straight-woman, playing prim characters driven to frustration by John Belushi or Chevy Chase. Her best SNL bits included Prymaat Conehead (matriarch of the Conehead family), Enid Loopner (making egg salad sandwiches for Gilda Radner's Lisa and nerdy Bill Murray), and parodies of the 1970s closing bit on 60 Minutes, which featured Shana Alexander (mimicked by Curtin) on the left vs. James J. Kilpatrick on the right (mimicked by Dan Aykroyd) on the right. Curtin also anchored "Weekend Update" solo in 1976-77, with Aykroyd in 1977-78, and with Murray from 1978-80. She was the only cast member who wasn't part of SNL's backstage hard-partying scene, preferring instead to relax quietly at home in Connecticut with her husband. Along with the rest of the original cast, Curtin left the show after the 1979-80 season.

She went on to star in two long-running sitcoms, Kate & Allie with Susan Saint James (1984-89) and Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow (1996-2001).

Curtin's uncle, Joseph Curtin, was a big star in radio dramas, and played Nick Charles in The Thin Man on radio. His daughter (Jane Curtin's cousin) is Valerie Curtin, who played Vera in Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More and co-wrote ...And Justice for All and Toys with husband Barry Levinson.

Father: (insurance executive)
Mother: (probation officer)
Husband: Patrick Lynch (TV executive, m. 1975, one daughter)
Daughter: Tess Lynch (b. Feb-1983)

    High School: Boston, MA (Catholic boarding school)
    University: AA, Elizabeth Seton Junior College
    University: Northwestern University (dropped out)

    Al Franken for Senate
    Hillary Clinton for President
    UNICEF US Committee National Ambassador
    Voters for Choice
    Emmy twice, as Allie Lowell on Kate & Allie
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    TELEVISION
    Crumbs Suzanne Crumb (2006)
    Third Rock from the Sun Professor Mary Albright (1996-2001)
    Kate & Allie Allie Lowell (1984-89)
    Saturday Night Live (1975-80)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Heat (27-Jun-2013)
    I Don't Know How She Does It (15-Sep-2011) · Marla Reddy
    I Love You, Man (20-Mar-2009)
    The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (7-Dec-2008)
    The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (9-Oct-2006)
    The Shaggy Dog (9-Mar-2006)
    Brooklyn Lobster (9-Sep-2005) · Maureen Giorgio
    The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (5-Dec-2004)
    Catch a Falling Star (5-Mar-2000)
    Antz (19-Sep-1998) · Muffy [VOICE]
    Coneheads (23-Jul-1993) · Prymatt
    Common Ground (25-Mar-1990)
    O.C. and Stiggs (10-Jul-1987) · Elinore Schwab
    Divorce Wars (1-Mar-1982)
    How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (21-Aug-1981)
    Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979) · Herself


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