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Also Known As: Poni Adams Died:
Born: April 1, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, teacher

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Jane Adams began her career on the New York stage, where she won a Tony Award before going on to carve out a career as a well-known independent film player and occasional character actress in mainstream Hollywood fare. Her waifish appearance led to her casting as wilting flowers and neurotic artistic types in the films "Songcatcher" (2000), "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and "The Anniversary Party" (2001), while her leading role on the HBO series "Hung" (HBO, 2009- ) and her run on the sitcom "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) showcased her way with independent-minded "smart chicks." Throughout her career, Adams maintained an alignment with critically acclaimed filmmakers from Michel Gondry to Robert Altman to Neil Jordan, and continually offered high caliber performances that nicely balanced emotional depth with a relatable immediacy.

Jane Adams began her career on the New York stage, where she won a Tony Award before going on to carve out a career as a well-known independent film player and occasional character actress in mainstream Hollywood fare. Her waifish appearance led to her casting as wilting flowers and neurotic artistic types in the films "Songcatcher" (2000), "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and "The Anniversary Party" (2001), while her leading role on the HBO series "Hung" (HBO, 2009- ) and her run on the sitcom "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) showcased her way with independent-minded "smart chicks." Throughout her career, Adams maintained an alignment with critically acclaimed filmmakers from Michel Gondry to Robert Altman to Neil Jordan, and continually offered high caliber performances that nicely balanced emotional depth with a relatable immediacy.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Digging for Fire (2015)
2.
 Poltergeist (2015)
4.
5.
 Silver Bullets (2011)
6.
 Restless (2011)
7.
 Lie, The (2011)
8.
 Calvin Marshall (2010)
9.
10.
 Lifelines (2009)
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Raised in Wheaton, IL, and in Seattle, WA
1989:
Made TV debut in the ABC Afterschool Special, "Taking a Stand"
1989:
Played Marty, Alex Keaton's love interest, in the NBC series "Family Ties"
1990:
Film debut, "Vital Signs"
1991:
Broadway debut, "I Hate Hamlet"
1994:
Won acclaim (and a Tony Award) for her co-starring role in the Broadway production of "An Inspector Calls"
1995:
Played a doctor in "Father of the Bride Part II," alongside Steve Martin and Diane Keaton
1996:
Was an ensemble cast member of "Kansas City," directed by Robert Altman
1996:
Debuted as a series regular on the ABC drama, "Relativity"
1998:
Starred in the controversial feature "Happiness," directed by Todd Solondz
1999:
Played the recurring role of Dr. Mel Karnofsky, who became Niles's second wife on the hit sitcom "Frasier" (NBC)
2000:
Appeared in the Sundance screened "Songcatcher" as the schoolteacher sister of the lead character
2001:
Cast as a neurotic actress in "The Anniversary Party"
2004:
Played a close friend of Jim Carrey's in the Michel Gondry directed, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; co-scripted by Gondry and Charlie Kaufman
2006:
Had a small role in Todd Field's "Little Children"
2007:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster in the crime drama, "The Brave One"
2009:
Cast as Tanya Skagle, a wannabe pimp, in the HBO comedy series "Hung"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Best Supporting Actress
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Education

Cornish College of the Arts: Seattle , Washington -
University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1989

Notes

On her decision to attend the University of Washington and study political science before concentrating on an acting career, Jane Adams told the London Evening Standard (April 19. 1999): "I wanted to be a normal person. It scared me--the whole idea of being an actor for the rest of my life. I thought, 'Please, let me just be one of the masses.'"

"'Relativity' ... was a great learning experience, just to be in front of the camera every day no matter how you're feeling, no matter what's going on, and to learn it's not something to fret about. That show was unique. Most casts aren't friendly. We became each other's lives." --Adams on working on the ABC series, "Relativity" in conversation with co-star Poppy Montgomery, quoted in Interview, April 1999.

Playwright Paul Rudnick, in whose 1981 Broadway play "I Hate Hamlet" Adams appeared, described the actress as "one of those magnificient waifs who can make fragility seem magical and demented at the same time." --From The New York Times, October 11, 1998

Family close complete family listing

father:
William Adams. Engineer.
mother:
Janice Adams. Administrative assistant.

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