- 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.
- 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
- Mary Constance Farrell Curtin — Mother
- John Joseph Curtin — Father
- Patrick F. Lynch — Husband
- Tess Lynch — Daughter
- Valerie Curtin — Cousin
- Elizabeth Seton Junior College, New York, New York, United States (AA, 1967); attended Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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