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Also Known As: Jane Quigley Died:
Born: October 28, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actress, producer, writer, salesgirl, secretary, waitress

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A much-lauded Broadway performer whose Tony Award-winning performance in "The Great White Hope" led to an Academy Award-nominated reprisal of her role on the big screen in 1970, Jane Alexander established herself as one of the most respected actresses across all media during the 1970s. In a career that stretched ahead more than three decades, the fresh-scrubbed New Englander was often cast as forthright, sympathetic characters, and was noted for the seemingly effortless simplicity and unmannered honesty of her work. Alexander never strayed far from the Broadway stage, earning multiple Tony nominations for dramas including "The Visit" and "First Monday in October," and taking home an award for "The Sisters Rosensweig." Onscreen, Alexander earned Oscar nominations for dramas including "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and the gripping nuclear holocaust story "Testament" (1983). Throughout her career, Alexander also showed an affinity for biographical and historical material, like the Watergate tell-all "All the President's Men" (1977), for which she was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress; her work in several biographical films about the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portraying first lady and...

A much-lauded Broadway performer whose Tony Award-winning performance in "The Great White Hope" led to an Academy Award-nominated reprisal of her role on the big screen in 1970, Jane Alexander established herself as one of the most respected actresses across all media during the 1970s. In a career that stretched ahead more than three decades, the fresh-scrubbed New Englander was often cast as forthright, sympathetic characters, and was noted for the seemingly effortless simplicity and unmannered honesty of her work. Alexander never strayed far from the Broadway stage, earning multiple Tony nominations for dramas including "The Visit" and "First Monday in October," and taking home an award for "The Sisters Rosensweig." Onscreen, Alexander earned Oscar nominations for dramas including "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and the gripping nuclear holocaust story "Testament" (1983). Throughout her career, Alexander also showed an affinity for biographical and historical material, like the Watergate tell-all "All the President's Men" (1977), for which she was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress; her work in several biographical films about the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portraying first lady and Civil Rights advocate Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC, 1976) and "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC, 1977) as well as the president's overbearing mother Sara in the HBO film "Warm Springs" (2005). Respected by the arts community for her valuable work as head of the National Endowment for the Arts during the 1990s, Alexander remained one of the most respected actresses well into the new millennium.

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 Deck the Halls (2011)
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 Unborn, The (2009)
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 Gigantic (2008)
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 Feast of Love (2007)
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 Warm Springs (2005)
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 Sunshine State (2002) Delia Temple
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 Ring, The (2002) Dr. Grasnik
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Made stage debut as a child in "Treasure Island" in Boston, MA
1964:
Acted with the Charles Playhouse, Boston
1965:
Made television debut in PBS' "Repertory Theatre: St. Patrick's Day"
1966:
Was a member of the Arena Stage acting company in Washington, DC
1968:
Made Broadway debut in "The Great White Hope"
1969:
Made first TV episodic appearance in "NYPD" (ABC)
1970:
Made feature debut reprising her stage role for "The Great White Hope"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1972:
TV-movie acting debut in "Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol" (CBS)
1972:
Starred on Broadway in the comedy "6 Rms Riv Vu"; received second Tony Award nomination
1974:
Appeared opposite Michael Moriarty in "Find Your Way Home" on Broadway; earned third Tony Award nomination
1976:
Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the ABC biographical drama "Eleanor and Franklin"
1976:
Cast as a reluctant source in "All the President's Men"; earned second Oscar nomination as Supporting Actress
1976:
Played the title role of Catherine Sloper in the Broadway revival of "The Heiress"
1977:
Reprised role for the ABC movie sequel, "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"
1978:
Co-starred with Henry Fonda in the Broadway play "First Monday in October"; earned fourth Tony Award nomination
1979:
Played the neighbor in "Kramer vs. Kramer"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1980:
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in the CBS TV-movie "Playing for Time"
1981:
Played the title role in "Hedda Gabler" at the Hartman Theatre in Boston
1983:
Earned second Oscar nomination as a mother who survives a nuclear bomb in the film "Testament"
1983:
Portrayed Annie Sullivan in William Gibson's stage sequel "Monday After the Miracle"
1984:
Produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Calamity Jane"
1985:
Played Hedda Hopper to Elizabeth Taylor's Louella Parsons in the CBS TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"
1987:
First feature film as co-executive producer, "Square Dance"; also starred
1989:
Had small role as Matthew Broderick's mother in "Glory"
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Starred opposite Nigel Hawthorne in the Broadway production of "Shadowlands"
1991:
Executive produced and starred in the PBS drama "A Marriage: Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz"
1992:
Starred on Broadway in "The Sisters Rosensweig" by Wendy Wasserstein; received fifth Tony nomination
1998:
Returned to Broadway in "Honour"; received sixth Tony Award nomination (fifth as Actress in a Play)
1999:
Resumed feature acting career as Nurse Edna in the film adaptation of John Irving's "The Cider House Rules"
2000:
Guest starred in a two-part crossover "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC); both directed by husband Ed Sherin; received Emmy nomination
2000:
Headlined "The Cherry Orchard" at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ
2005:
Cast in an Emmy award winning role as FDR's overbearing and negatively-minded mother, Sara Roosevelt in the HBO Films original movie "Warm Springs"
2006:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"
2007:
Cast in Robert Benton's ensemble drama "Feast of Love"
2009:
Played Paul Dano's mother in the independent comedy "Gigantic"
2009:
Appeared in McG directed "Terminator Salvation" opposite Christian Bale
2011:
Portrayed HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Hallmark Channel TV-movie "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance"
2011:
Cast opposite Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in "Dream House"
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Education

Beaver County Day School: Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts -
Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York - 1957 - 1959
University of Edinburgh: - 1959 - 1960

Notes

Alexander received the 1982 St. Botolph Club Achievement in Dramatic Arts Award.

She was awarded the Israel Cultural Award in 1982.

In 1984, Alexander won the Helen Caldicott Leadership Award.

She received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award in 1985.

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husband:
Robert Alexander. Married on July 23, 1962; divorced in 1969.
husband:
Edwin Sherin. Director, producer. Married on March 29, 1975.

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grandfather:
Daniel Quigley. Physician. Was personal doctor of Buffalo Bill Cody.
father:
Thomas B Quigley. Surgeon.
mother:
Ruth Elizabeth Quigley. Nurse.
son:
Jason Edward Alexander. Actor, director. Born on April 7, 1964; acted in several John Sayles' films and in "Clueless"; has directed episodes of "Law & Order"; in 1998 married actress Maddie Corman.
step-son:
Anthony Sherin. Editor.
step-son:
Geoffrey Sherin.
step-son:
Jonathan Sherin.
daughter-in-law:
Maddie Corman. Actor. Married Jace Alexander in 1998.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Master Builder"
"The Bluefish Cookbook"
"Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics" Public Affairs

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