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Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander, 2005
Birth name Jane Quigley
Born October 28, 1939 (age 67)
Boston, Massachusetts, Flag of United States United States
Height 169 cm (67 in)
Years active 1967-present
Spouse(s) Edwin Sherin 1975-present
Robert Alexander 1962-1974
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2005 Playing for Time
1980 Warm Springs
Tony Awards
Best Featured Actress in a Play
1969 The Great White Hope

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Life and Career

Jane Alexander was born Jane Quigley in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 19, 1939 to Thomas B. Quigley, an orthopedic surgeon of Irish and German ancestry, and Ruth Elizabeth Pearson, a nurse whose family had migrated from Nova Scotia, Canada. She graduated from Beaver Country Day School, an all girls school in Chestnut Hill, where she discovered her love of acting.[1] Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... October 19 is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Orthopedic corset Orthopaedic surgery or orthopaedics is the branch of surgery concerned with acute, chronic, traumatic, and recurrent injuries and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system, its muscular and bone parts. ... Kinship and descent is one of the major concepts of cultural anthropology. ... This article focuses on the education and regulation of nurses. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit (Latin: One defends and the other conquers) Official languages none (English, French, Gaelic) Flower Mayflower Tree Red Spruce Bird Osprey Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 11 10 Area Total... Beaver Country Day School is an independent, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12 founded in 1920 and located on a 17-acre campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, near Boston. ... Boston College and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir Located 6 miles west of Boston, Chestnut Hill is a wealthy suburb notable for its stately old houses, scenic landscape and the historic campus of Boston College. ...


Encouraged by her father to go to college rather than immediately embark on an acting career, Alexander attended Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville, New York, where she concentrated in theater but also studied mathematics with an eye toward computer programming, in the event she failed as an actress. Alexander spent her junior year studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she participated in the Edinburgh University Dramatic Society. The experience, together with apparently good reviews of her performances, solidified her determination to continue acting.[1] Sarah Lawrence College is a highly selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in metropolitan New York City. ... Bronxville is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States, located 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan. ... The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582,[4] is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I...


Alexander met her first husband, Robert Alexander, in the early 1960s in New York City, where both were pursuing acting careers. They had one son, born in 1964, and the couple divorced a few years later. Alexander had been acting regularly in various regional theaters when she met producer/director Edwin Sherin in Washington, DC, where he was serving as the artistic director at Arena Stage. The two became good friends and, once divorced from their respective spouses, became romantically involved, marrying in 1975. Between the two they have four children, Alexander's son Jace, a television director, and Sherin's three sons, Tony, Geoffrey, and Jon, from a previous marriage.[1] Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Edwin Sherin (born January 15, 1930) is an American theatre and television director and producer and husband of award-winning actress Jane Alexander. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The following is taken from the Arena Stage website: Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. ... Jace Alexander (born April 7, 1964) is an American television director and former actor. ...


In 1967, Alexander played Eleanor Backman in the original production of Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope at Arena Stage. Like her co-star, James Earl Jones, she went on to play the part both on Broadway (1968), winning a Tony Award for her performance, and in the film version (1970), which earned her an Oscar nomination.[2] Howard Sackler (1929 to 1982), an American screenwriter and playwright, is best known for writing The Great White Hope (play: 1967; film: 1970). ... theatrical poster for The Great White Hope The Great White Hope, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning play written by Howard Sackler and first produced by Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 1967, that was the basis for the 1970 film of the same name. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi in Tate County) is among Americas best known film and stage actors. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...


Alexander's additional screen credits include All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Testament (1983), all of which earned her Oscar nods, Brubaker (1980), The Cider House Rules (1999), and Fur (2006). All the Presidents Men is a 1976 film based on the 1974 non-fiction book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. ... Kramer vs. ... Testament is a 1983 film which tells the story of how one small town slowly falls apart after a nuclear war destroys outside civilization. ... promotional poster for Brubaker Brubaker is a 1980 film about a prison. ... The Cider House Rules book cover This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving. ... Fur is a 2006 film starring Nicole Kidman, as seminal American photographer Diane Arbus, and Robert Downey Jr. ...


Alexander portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in two television productions, Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, and FDR's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt in HBO's Warm Springs with Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, winning an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other television movies include Arthur Miller's Playing for Time, co-starring Vanessa Redgrave, for which Alexander won another Emmy Award; Malice in Wonderland (as famed gossip-monger Hedda Hopper); Blood & Orchids; and In Love and War. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her stature as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 to promote her husbands (Franklin D. Roosevelts) New Deal, as well as American Civil Rights Movement|civil rights]]. She... Eleanor and Franklin was a TV Movie released on January 11, 1976 starring Edward Hermann as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt. ... ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Warm Springs is a 2005 movie about Franklin D. Roosevelts struggle with polio, his discovery of the Warm Springs spa resort and his work to turn it into a center for the aid of polio victims, and his resumption of his political career. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning Northern Irish-born British actor and film director. ... Cynthia Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning American actress who is best known for her portrayal of lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the popular HBO dramedy Sex and the City (1998–2004). ... Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist and author. ... Playing for Time is a 1980 made-for-television film drama made by Szygzy Productions and broadcast by CBS. It was directed by Daniel Mann who replaced Tony Richardson and Joseph Sargent. ... Vanessa Redgrave during the 2004 season of Nip/Tuck. ... Categories: | ... Gossip consists of casual or idle talk of any sort, sometimes (but not always) slanderous and/or devoted to discussing others. ... Hedda Hopper on the July 28, 1947 cover of Time Magazine Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was an American actress and gossip columnist, whose long-running feud with friend turned arch-rival Louella Parsons became at least as notorious as many of Hoppers columns. ... Blood & Orchids is a 1986 made-for-TV crime-drama film inspired by the 1932 Massie Trial in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... In Love and War is a 1996 romance drama film starring Mackenzie Austin, Chris ODonnell, Sandra Bullock and Margot Steinberg. ...


In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed her chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the organization that had provided partial funding for The Great White Hope at Arena Stage. Alexander moved to Washington, DC and served as chairman of the NEA until 1997. Her book, Command Performance: an Actress in the Theater of Politics (2000), describes her the challenges and difficulties she faced heading the NEA at a time when the 104th U.S. Congress, headed by Newt Gingrich, unsuccessfully strove to shut it down.[1] 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ... Newton Leroy Gingrich (born 17 June 1943) served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ...


Dedicated to world peace, wellness, and wildlife conservation, Alexander serves on the boards of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Project Greenhope, the National Stroke Association, and Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. The Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS), endeavours to save wildlife and wild lands though careful use of science, conservation around the world, education and through a system of urban wildlife parks. ...


Alexander is a recipient of the Israel Cultural Award and the Helen Caldicott Leadership Award. She is a fellow of the International Leadership Forum.She currently lives with her husband in the suburbs north of New York City. The International Leadership Forum (ILF)[1] is a non-partisan, Internet-based think tank composed of top leaders who participate in policy forums online to discuss the major issues facing our global society. ...


Additional Broadway credits

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Academy awards and nominations

  • 1970 Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actress (The Great White Hope, nominee)

Broadway awards and nominations

  • 1969 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance (The Great White Hope, winner)
  • 1969 Theatre World Award (The Great White Hope, winner)
  • 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (The Great White Hope, winner)
  • 1973 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (6 Rms Riv Vu, nominee)
  • 1974 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Find Your Way Home, nominee)
  • 1979 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (First Monday in October, nominee)
  • 1992 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (The Visit, nominee)
  • 1992 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (The Visit, nominee)
  • 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (The Sisters Rosensweig, winner)
  • 1993 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (The Sisters Rosensweig, nominee)
  • 1998 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Honour, nominee)

The Theatre World Award is an American honor given annually to an actor or an actress in recognition of an outstanding breakout performance in their New York City stage debut. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...

Emmy Award wins and nominations

  • 1976 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special (Eleanor and Franklin, nominee)
  • 1977 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special (Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, nominee)
  • 1981 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special (Playing for Time, winner)
  • 1984 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special (Calamity Jane, nominee)
  • 1985 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special (Malice in Wonderland, nominee)
  • 1999 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, nominee)
  • 2000 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Law and Order, nominee)
  • 2005 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Warm Springs, winner)

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d Alexander, Jane. Command Performance: an Actress in the Theater of Politics. PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Book Group; New York, NY, 2000. ISBN 1-891620-06-1. pp1-16
  2. ^ Lawson,"Howard Sackler, 52, Playwright Who Won Pulitzer Prize, Dead;" NYT (The New York Times)

References

  • Alexander, Jane. Command Performance: an Actress in the Theater of Politics. PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Book Group; New York, NY, 2000. ISBN 1-89162-060-1.
  • International Leadership Forum biography
  • Lawson, Carol. "Howard Sackler, 52, Playwright Who Won Pulitzer Prize, Dead;" NYT (The New York Times). October 15, 1982. accessed September 8, 2006. (NOTE: payment required for full article, if retrieved online)

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Mary-Louise Parker
Angels in America
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2005
Warm Springs
Succeeded by
Kelly MacDonald
The Girl in the Café
Preceded by
Mare Winningham
Amber Waves
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980
Playing for Time
Succeeded by
Penny Fuller
The Elephant Man
Preceded by
John E. Frohnmayer
Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
1993-1997
Succeeded by
Bill Ivey

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