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Also Known As: Jane Therese Curtin Died:
Born: September 6, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark "straight-man" genius to the offbeat sitcom, "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Enduring the common plight of the "straight man" (or woman), Curtin was seldom given the full credit she was due, but her solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic...

Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark "straight-man" genius to the offbeat sitcom, "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Enduring the common plight of the "straight man" (or woman), Curtin was seldom given the full credit she was due, but her solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Love You, Man (2009)
4.
 Shaggy Dog, The (2006)
5.
 Brooklyn Lobster (2005)
7.
 Catch A Falling Star (2000) Fran Kavner
8.
 Antz (1998) Voice Of Muffy
9.
 Coneheads (1993) Prymaat Conehead
10.
 Maybe Baby (1988) Julia Gilbert
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1968:
Joined "The Proposition" comedy group
:
Wrote material for and performed with Off-Broadway musical revue "Pretzel"
1975:
Made TV debut as regular cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; was one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players
1980:
Cast in film acting debut in "How to Beat the High Cost of Living," which teamed her with Susan Saint James years before their "Kate & Allie" pairing; cast also included later co-star Dabney Coleman in a rare romantic lead
1981:
Made Broadway debut as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" with Joanne Woodward
1982:
Made TV-movie debut in "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (ABC)
1983:
Reprised role of Prossie in the Entertainment Channel's production of "Candida"
1984:
Played Allie Lowell on the popular CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie"
1988:
Starred as Linda McLaidlaw in "American Playhouse" presentation of "Suspicion," a remake of the 1941 Hitchcock film
1988:
Acted opposite Dabney Coleman in NBC movie "Maybe Baby"
1989:
Played Melissa Gardner in A R Gurney's "Love Letters" at NYC's Promenade theatre
1990:
Starred as Alice McGoff in "Common Ground," a CBS miniseries (directed by Mike Newell) about the desegregation of Boston schools in the early 1970s
1990:
Returned to series TV as star of NBC's short-lived "Working It Out"
1993:
Recreated her SNL "Conehead" character for the feature film "Coneheads"
1995:
Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in "Tad," a Family Channel TV-movie
1996:
Returned to series TV as co-star of "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC)
2002:
Appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse summer production of "Our Town"
2004:
Cast as the doleful library employee Charlene in the TNT TV-movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," starring Noah Wyle
2005:
Co-starred with Danny Aiello in director Kevin Jordan's family-inspired drama "Brooklyn Lobster"
2006:
Cast as the wacky matriarch of a disjointed family in ABC's "Crumbs"
2006:
Reprised the role of Charlene in TNT's "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines"
2008:
Made her third appearance as the librarian Charlene in TNT production of "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice"
2009:
Played a supporting role in the comedy "I Love You, Man"
2011:
Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"
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Education

Northeastern University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1967 - 1968
Elizabeth Seton Junior College: - 1967

Notes

Recalling the desegregation of Boston schools as one who grew up in the area: "We were afraid. Not of being hit on the head. But afraid of change. That's how Alice McGoff felt. I've gotten to know Alice--a delightful, small woman whose children are now all grown. her big concern was, 'Will I come off as a bigot?'" --Jane Curtin in PARADE MAGAZINE, March 25, 1990

About "SNL": "It was simply the best job I ever had. Parts of the job were sheer joy; parts, a nightmare. On an excitement level, a 10. And oh, the adrenaline flow." --Curtin to PARADE MAGAZINE, March 10, 1996

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husband:
Patrick F Lynch. Producer. Married on April 31, 1975.

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father:
John Joseph Curtin. Owner of an insurance agency.
mother:
Mary Constance Curtin.
cousin:
Valerie Curtin. Screenwriter, actor.
daughter:
Tess Lynch. Born c. 1983; father, Patrick Lynch.
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