Jane Kaczmarek

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Jane Kaczmarek
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Kaczmarek attends an event at the Griffith Observatory to honor Air Force members during Air Force Week Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2008
BornJane Frances Kaczmarek
(1955-12-21) December 21, 1955 (age 58)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison,
Yale School of Drama
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Bradley Whitford (m. 1992–2009) (divorced)
 
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Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek.jpg
Kaczmarek attends an event at the Griffith Observatory to honor Air Force members during Air Force Week Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2008
BornJane Frances Kaczmarek
(1955-12-21) December 21, 1955 (age 58)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison,
Yale School of Drama
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Bradley Whitford (m. 1992–2009) (divorced)

Jane Frances Kaczmarek (Polish pronunciation: [kat͡ʂˈmarɛk]; born December 21, 1955) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character of Lois on the television series Malcolm in the Middle. Kaczmarek is a three-time Golden Globe and seven-time Emmy Award nominee. She lives in San Marino, California.[citation needed] She now plays Pam in FOX's Us & Them (based on BBC's Gavin & Stacey).

Early life[edit]

Kaczmarek was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Evelyn (née Gregorski), a teacher, and Edward Kaczmarek, a defense department worker.[1][2][3] She grew up in Greendale, and is of Polish ancestry.[4] Kaczmarek was raised as a Roman Catholic.[5] She majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and later studied at the Yale School of Drama for her graduate degree and was a part of its theater company.

Career[edit]

In 1998, Kaczmarek was cast as David and Jennifer's mother in the movie Pleasantville. She has had several Broadway hits, including Lost in Yonkers and Raised in Captivity, where she won an LA Drama Critics' Award. Her first television role was that of Margie Spoletto on For Lovers Only (1982).[6] One of her first notable appearances was in the famous 1984 movie "Falling in Love", starring Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, playing the role of Ann Raftis, De Niro's character's wife. She also played a role in The Heavenly Kid in 1985 as Emily.

Kaczmarek has also appeared in over forty television roles, the most notable including:[6]

Malcolm in the Middle[edit]

In 2000, Kaczmarek was cast to play Lois in the FOX mid-season replacement Malcolm in the Middle.[7] TV Guide dubbed her role in the series as a "true breakout; a female Homer Simpson", and critics hailed her for her comic talents.[8] Later, Kaczmarek would credit the show for bringing out her comedic side, claiming, "[Before Malcolm] I couldn't even get auditions for comedies. I played very unfunny people."[9] For her performance as Lois, Kaczmarek was nominated for seven Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and garnered two Television Critics' Association Awards and the American Comedy Award and Family Television Award in 2001.

Post-Malcolm[edit]

Following the end of Malcolm in the Middle, Kaczmarek went on to star in the short-lived series Help Me Help You co-starring Ted Danson. She starred in the short-lived TNT series Raising the Bar as Judge Trudy Kessler. She also continues to voice Judge Constance Harm on several Simpsons episodes.

On November 19, 2009, Kaczmarek played against Julie Bowen and Robin Quivers in the Jeopardy! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational, on which she won $50,000 for a charity.

In 2010, she starred in the Lifetime Original Movie, Reviving Ophelia, which aired October 11, 2010, she starred as the mother of a 16-year-old girl who was in an abusive relationship.

On July 22, 2011, it was confirmed that Kaczmarek will make a vocal appearance as Red Jessica in the television series Jake and the Never Land Pirates during its second season early 2012.[10]

In 2011, guest starred in the FX comedy Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood.

Since 2011, she has appeared on Whitney as Whitney's mother.

In April 2012, she appeared in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People as Margie.

On November 2012, she made a guest appearance on ABC's The Middle as Frankie Heck's (Patricia Heaton) dental teacher. In 2013, Kaczmarek guest starred on NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as Suffolk County D.A. Pamela "Pam" James.[11]

In 2013, Jane Kaczmarek played the lead role of Ms. Liz, a third generation dairy woman in the feature film Lost on Purpose starring alongside C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill, Dale Dickey and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.

Kaczmarek reprised her role as Lois Wilkerson in an "alternate ending" featurette on the Breaking Bad DVD/Blu-ray box set that was released on November 26, 2013. In it, Hal wakes up from the nightmare that was the plot of Breaking Bad, in a nod to the final scene from Newhart.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kaczmarek married fellow Wisconsin native and actor Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) on August 15, 1992. They lived in Los Angeles with their three children: Frances Genevieve (b. January 1997), George Edward (b. December 23, 1999) and Mary Louisa (b. November 25, 2002). Both were very active with charity, and were seen attending many major award shows together. She is the founder of "Clothes Off Our Back" which auctions celebrity clothing for children's charities. In June 2009, the couple filed for divorce after almost 17 years of marriage.[13][14] One of the last times they were seen together publicly was in September 2008, at the opening of a Los Angeles production of The House of Blue Leaves,[15] in which Kaczmarek was starring. According to a June 2009 magazine interview with More.com conducted prior to announcement of the divorce, she replied "That's a big no comment" when asked to sum up her love life. She also added that she used to believe that she could "go it alone and as long as I had some fabulous boy on my arm, or man, and my career was sailing, that's all I needed" whereas she now had grown to appreciate the support of her girlfriends "to talk about kids, to talk about marriages, to talk about just life".[16]

Kaczmarek underwent a hip replacement in April 2004, due to chronic arthritis.[17] She recovered quickly, and used an X-ray of her new hip for her Emmy campaign the following summer, advertising herself as "the only Emmy nominee with an artificial hip (except for Anthony LaPaglia)".[18]

In 2006, Kaczmarek and Malcolm in the Middle co-star Erik Per Sullivan contributed the afterword for the children's book, Together, that shows the importance of domestic animals to impoverished people in the world, and was inspired by the mission of the nonprofit charitable organization, Heifer International.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2000Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMalcolm in the MiddleNominated
2000TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyWon
2001Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2001Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyNominated
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2001TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyWon
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2002Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyNominated
2002Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2003Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2004Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2004Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyWon
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2012Ovation AwardsLead Actress in a PlayGood People[19]Nominated

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983St. ElsewhereSandy Burns3 episodes
1983Remington SteeleBarbara Troy DannonEpisode: "Altared Steele"
1983Scarecrow and Mrs. KingPennyEpisode: "Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth"
1983Uncommon ValorMrs. Wilkes
1983–1984The Paper ChaseConnie Lehman8 episodes
1984Something About AmeliaMrs. HallTV movie
1984Hill Street BluesOfficer Clara Pilksy6 episodes
1984Falling in LoveAnn Raftis
1985The Heavenly KidEmily Barnes
1985Door to DoorKatherine Holloway
1985HometownMary Newell Abbott10 episodes
1986The Christmas GiftSusan (the Postmistress)
1987I'll Take ManhattanNina Stern4 episodes
1987The Three KingsDr. Paula BoletTV movie
1988D.O.A.Gail Cornell
1988American PlayhouseSusan GlaspellEpisode: "Journey Into Genius"
1989SpoonerGail ArcherTV movie
1990–1991Equal JusticeLinda Bauer26 episodes
1993Big Wave Dave'sKaren Fisher6 episodes
1994MontyNickersonEpisode: "Wild, Wild Willy and His O.K. Corral"
1994Law & OrderJanet RudmanEpisode: "Censure"
1994ABC Afterschool SpecialsMary ReedEpisode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
1994L.A. LawAttorney GershonwoodEpisode: "Whose San Andreas Fault Is It, Anyways?"
1994Without WarningDr. Caroline JaffeTV movie
1995Picket FencesJanice NeimanEpisode: "Heroes and Villains"
1995–1999Party of FiveHelene Thompson3 episodes
1996Touched by an AngelBonnie BellEpisode: "Out of the Darkness"
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialsNancy GallagherEpisode: "Educating Mom"
1996The ChamberDr. Anne Biddows
1996Apollo 11Jan ArmstrongTV movie
1996–1997CybillHolly5 episodes
1996–1997FrasierMaureen Cutler2 episodes
1997The PracticePamela Boyd2 episodes
1998PleasantvilleDavid's mom
1999–2000FelicityCarol Anderson5 episodes
2000–2006Malcolm in the MiddleLois150 episodes
American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Lead in a Television Series
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2000–2001)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2001–2003)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2000–2006)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2001, 2003)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series
2001–2010The SimpsonsJudge Constance Harm8 episodes
2006–2007Help Me Help YouAnne Hoffman6 episodes
2008–2009Raising the BarJudge Trudy Kessler25 episodes
2010Reviving OpheliaMarieTV movie
2011WilfredBethEpisode: "Pride"
2011–2012WhitneyCandi3 episodes
2012–2013The MiddleSandy Armwood2 episodes
2012–2013Jake and the Never Land PiratesRed Jessica3 episodes
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitD.A. Pam JamesEpisode: "Beautiful Frame"
2013Us & ThemPam

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Teti, John (November 17, 2013). "A Breaking Bad alternate ending is a Malcolm In The Middle dream sequence". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek File for Divorce". People. 
  14. ^ "Bradley Whitford, Jane Kaczmarek File for Divorce After Nearly 17 Years". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
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  17. ^ "Malcolm in the Middle – Kaczmarek Has Hip Replacement Surgery". contactmusic.com, 24 June 2004.
  18. ^ "Jane Kaczmarek – Kaczmarek Explains Hip Emmy Ad." contactmusic.com, 29 August 2004.
  19. ^ "Center Theatre Group Tops 2012 Ovation Awards.". 13 November 2012. 

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