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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 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). Curtin's solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.
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Joined "The Proposition" comedy group
Made TV debut as regular cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; was one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players
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
Made Broadway debut as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" with Joanne Woodward
Made TV-movie debut in "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (ABC)
Reprised role of Prossie in the Entertainment Channel's production of "Candida"
Played Allie Lowell on the popular CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie"
Starred as Linda McLaidlaw in "American Playhouse" presentation of "Suspicion," a remake of the 1941 Hitchcock film
Acted opposite Dabney Coleman in NBC movie "Maybe Baby"
Played Melissa Gardner in A R Gurney's "Love Letters" at NYC's Promenade theatre
Returned to series TV as star of NBC's short-lived "Working It Out"
Starred as Alice McGoff in "Common Ground," a CBS miniseries (directed by Mike Newell) about the desegregation of Boston schools in the early 1970s
Recreated her SNL "Conehead" character for the feature film "Coneheads"
Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in "Tad," a Family Channel TV-movie
Returned to series TV as co-star of "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC)
Appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse summer production of "Our Town"
Cast as the doleful library employee Charlene in the TNT TV-movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," starring Noah Wyle
Co-starred with Danny Aiello in director Kevin Jordan's family-inspired drama "Brooklyn Lobster"
Cast as the wacky matriarch of a disjointed family in ABC's "Crumbs"
Reprised the role of Charlene in TNT's "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines"
Made her third appearance as the librarian Charlene in TNT production of "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice"
Played a supporting role in the comedy "I Love You, Man"
Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"