Jane Curtin

  • Birth Name: Jane Therese Curtin
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1985, 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

Relationships

  • Mary Constance Farrell Curtin — Mother
  • John Joseph Curtin — Father
  • Patrick F. Lynch — Husband
  • Tess Lynch — Daughter
  • Valerie Curtin — Cousin

College

  • Elizabeth Seton Junior College, New York, New York, United States (AA, 1967); attended Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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