Got her show-business start with an improv group called the Proposition.
Auditioned for the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell; beat out Mimi Kennedy for a slot on NBC's SNL.
Had been the only female anchor of SNL's Weekend Update until Tina Fey took the gig in 2000.
Made her movie debut in the 1980 comedy How to Beat the High Cost of Living with future Kate & Allie costar Susan Saint James.
Reunited with SNL costar Dan Aykroyd in 1993's Coneheads and 1998's Antz.
Performed in the 2002 Broadway revival of Our Town alongside Paul Newman.
Is active in fund-raising for UNICEF. She served as the celebrity chairperson for 1987's National UNICEF Day, and in 1994, as a national ambassador for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. In 2010, she was a finalist in the Jeopardy Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational and won $250,000 on behalf of UNICEF.
1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominee
1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
Mary Constance Farrell Curtin — Mother
Valerie Curtin — Cousin
John Joseph Curtin — Father
Patrick F. Lynch — Husband
Tess Lynch — Daughter
Elizabeth Seton Junior College, New York, New York, United States (AA, 1967); attended Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Birth Name: Jane Therese Curtin
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States