Jane Krakowski

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Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski at the 2008 Emmys red carpet.jpg
Krakowski on the red carpet at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008
Born(1968-10-11) October 11, 1968 (age 45)
Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesJane Krajkowski
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Robert Godley (m. 2010–present)
ChildrenBennett Robert Godley (born 2011)
ParentsEd Krajkowski (father)
Barbara Krajkowski (mother)
 
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Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski at the 2008 Emmys red carpet.jpg
Krakowski on the red carpet at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008
Born(1968-10-11) October 11, 1968 (age 45)
Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesJane Krajkowski
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Robert Godley (m. 2010–present)
ChildrenBennett Robert Godley (born 2011)
ParentsEd Krajkowski (father)
Barbara Krajkowski (mother)

Jane Krakowski[1] (/krəˈkvski/; born October 11, 1968) is an American actress and singer who is best known for her role as Jenna Maroney on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, for which she received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and for her performance as Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She also regularly performs on the stage and won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of Nine and an Olivier Award for her role as Miss Adelaide in the West End revival of Guys and Dolls. Krakowski is also known as the voice of Giselle in Open Season and Open Season 2, and for her role as Irene in the film Go.

Early life[edit]

Krakowski was born Jane Krajkowski in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey on October 11, 1968. Her father, Ed, is a chemical engineer and her mother, Barbara Krajkowski (née Benoit), is a college theater instructor and producing artistic director for the Women's Theater Company.[2][3][4] She has an older brother.[5] Krakowski's father's family is entirely Polish and comes from Kraków,[6] and although she knows only a few words in Polish, her father and grandparents are fluent.[7] Krakowski grew up immersed in the local theater scene as a result of her parents' activities, saying in one interview: "Instead of hiring baby sitters, they brought me along with them."[2] She took ballet lessons from age four, but later stopped because she had the wrong body shape, instead moving more towards Broadway dancing.[5] She attended the Professional Children's School in New York City and Rutgers University, New Brunswick.[8][9]

She dropped the "j" from the family last name when she began working as an actress.[1]

Television[edit]

Krakowski in the 2007 Red Dress Collection for the Heart Truth

In 1981 she starred in a TV commercial for the video game Solar Fox, a title published for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision and Intellivision by CBS Electronics.

In her first major television role, Krakowski joined the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1984, playing the role of Theresa Rebecca (T.R.) Kendall,[10] a role she played until the show ended in 1986. She was nominated for two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for the role in 1986 and 1987.

In 1996, she made an appearance on the television series Early Edition as Dr. Handleman (season 1, episode 3 "Baby").

In 1997, she played office assistant Elaine Vassal on the television series Ally McBeal for five seasons until 2002; her role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1999.[11] In 2003, Krakowski guest-starred in the TV drama Everwood as psychologist Dr Gretchen Trott, a love interest for Treat Williams' Dr Andrew Brown. In 2003, she guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Emma Spevak, a serial killer of elderly women. In 2006, Krakowski was cast in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, where she played Jenna Maroney, a cast member of the fictional late night sketch show TGS with Tracy Jordan. In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, she received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in 30 Rock.[12][13] In 2013, she appeared on The Simpsons episode "The Fabulous Faker Boy".

Film[edit]

After her film debut, National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983,[11] Krakowski appeared in Fatal Attraction, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (where she played Betty Rubble), Marci X, Alfie, Go, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Dance with Me, Stepping Out, Pretty Persuasion, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and Mom at Sixteen. Krakowski was originally cast in the horror film Sleepaway Camp, but dropped out just before filming began because she felt her character's death scene with a curling iron was too violent. She appeared in When Zachary Beaver Came to Town as a mother who wants to become a singer. In 2004, she starred in Alan Menken's TV movie version of A Christmas Carol, featured as The Ghost of Christmas Past. In 2006, she provided the voice of the deer Giselle in the Sony animated film, Open Season.

Stage[edit]

Krakowski at the Sundance Film festival, 2005

A trained singer, Krakowski has made numerous appearances on stage. At age 18 she originated the role of Dinah the Dining Car in the 1987 Broadway production of Starlight Express. She appeared in the 1989 Broadway musical Grand Hotel as the typist and would-be-film-star Flaemmchen, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.[10] Her solo number, "I Want to Go to Hollywood", is included on the original cast recording. At the 2000 American Comedy Awards, Krakowski won rave reviews when she performed a sexually charged musical tribute and love letter to Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates.

In 1995, she played the ditzy flight attendant April in The Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Company. In 1996, she starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress.

In January 2002, Windham Hill Records released an album that Jim Brickman had recorded, titled Love Songs & Lullabies; this album featured Krakowski as a vocalist for the song "You",[11] which became a hit on adult contemporary radio stations. Brickman and Krakowski also recorded an alternate Christmas version of the song. She also appeared on the album Broadway Cares: Home for the Holidays, singing the song "Santa Baby". In 2003, she starred in the Broadway revival of Nine playing Carla,[14] for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[11] Krakowski is known for her famous anti-gravity stunt during the number "A Call from the Vatican". Krakowski and the director struggled finding a company that would let her do air stunts without a harness; Krakowski came up with the idea of using the method previously portrayed in Broadway Bares. Krakowski recalled that the material took a long time to arrive, and the second time she ever did it was on the first performance.[15]

In 2005, she starred as Miss Adelaide in Michael Grandage's West End revival of Guys and Dolls[16] at London's Piccadilly Theatre. She starred alongside Jenna Russell, Ewan MacGregor and Douglas Hodge. Krakowski received the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.[11] and performed a cabaret show called Better When It's Banned, which featured various songs from the 1920s and '30s[17] that were all deemed racy at the times of their original popularity.

Krakowski performed in a January 2007 workshop production and backers's audition for a Broadway musical adaption of the 1980 film, Xanadu, with music from the film's soundtrack and a book by Douglas Carter Beane.[18] Xanadu premiered on Broadway summer 2007, although Krakowski's role is played by Kerry Butler.

In 2008, Krakowski starred as Lola in New York City Center's production of Damn Yankees opposite Sean Hayes and Cheyenne Jackson.[19]

On July 30 and 31, 2009, Krakowski played the title character in a reading of Mrs. Sharp, with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and book by Kirsten A. Guenther, at Playwrights Horizons.

Other works[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, it was reported that Krakowski was in a relationship with English documentarian Marc Singer, whom she met at a screening for Children of Men in 2006.[10] Before that, she dated Julian Ovenden.[5]

She married Robert Godley in 2010. On April 13, 2011, their son, Bennett Robert Godley, was born in New York City, New York.[21]

Recordings[edit]

Krakowski released her debut solo album on July 15, 2010 — an album of cover versions called Laziest Gal in Town — on DRG Records.[22]

Selected recordings include:

Filmography[edit]

Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
1983National Lampoon's VacationCousin Vicki
1987Fatal AttractionBabysitter
1991Stepping OutLynne
1996Mrs. WinterbourneChristine
1998Dance With MePatricia
1999GoIrene
2000Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, TheThe Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasBetty O'Shale
2002Ice AgeFemale SlothVoice
2002Just a Walk in the ParkRachel
2003Marci XLauren Farb
2003When Zachary Beaver Came to TownHeather
2004AlfieDorie
2004Christmas Carol, AA Christmas CarolGhost of Christmas Past/Lamplighter
2005Pretty PersuasionEmily Klein
2005Mom at SixteenDonna Cooper
2006Open SeasonGiselleVoice
2007Surf's UpSheila LimberfinDeleted scenes
2008Rocker, TheThe RockerRennett
2008Kit Kittredge: An American GirlMiss May Dooley
2008Open Season 2GiselleDirect-to-video
Voice
2008A Muppet Christmas: Letters to SantaClaire's mom
2009Bygone Days: An Ally McBeal RetrospectiveElaine
2009Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantCorma Limbs
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Alex Haley's QueenJane JacksonTV miniseries
1996Early EditionDr. HandlemanEpisode: "Baby"
1997–2002Ally McBealElaine VassalSeries regular
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEmma SpevakEpisode: "Bound"
2004TasteSamantha NealTV movie
2006Sex, Love, Power, and PoliticsSloanTV movie
2006–201330 RockJenna MaroneySeries regular
2013The SimpsonsZhenyaEpisode: "The Fabulous Faker Boy"
2014Modern FamilyDr. Donna DuncanEpisode: "Under Pressure"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardTitleWorkResult
1986Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesSearch for TomorrowNominated
1987Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
1990Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalGrand HotelNominated
Tony AwardBest Featured Actress in a MusicalNominated
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBealNominated
1999Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV MovieNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2001Satellite AwardBest Actress in a TV Series: Comedy or MusicalNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2003Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalNineWon
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalWon
Tony AwardBest Featured Actress in a MusicalWon
2006Laurence Olivier AwardBest Leading Actress in a MusicalGuys and DollsWon
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series30 RockNominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon
2010Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2011Comedy AwardBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Critics Choice TV AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peter Filichia (2008-10-17). "Jane Krakowski to appear at theater fund-raiser". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b Nash, Margo (March 19, 2006). "Jersey Footlights". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ Jane Krakowski Biography (1968–)
  4. ^ "Obituaries - Beulah U. Dudley Newsbank
  5. ^ a b c Rebecca Tyrrel (2009-09-05). "The secretary's star turn". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  6. ^ Polish Cała rodzina po stronie mojego ojca jest polska (En All my family from my father's side is Polish) 5 January 2006, Mojawyspa
  7. ^ Jane Krakowski: Z Krakowa do "Ally McBeal" Polish 5 January 2006, Mojayspa (...) mój tata rozmawiał po polsku. Moi dziadkowi rozmawiali na co dzień po angielsku, ale kłócili się tylko po polsku, żebyśmy ich nie zrozumieli! (En (...) my dad spoke Polish, and my grandparents spoke English at home, but they argued only in Polish, because they didn't want to be understood by us).
  8. ^ "Taking a Bough". People. 1998-07-20. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Ask a Star: Jane Krakowski". broadway.com. circa 2001 (based on the reference to Mack & Mabel). Retrieved 2008-11-09.  [dead link]
  10. ^ a b c Rachel Syme (2008-06-22). "Jane Krakowski is Poetry in Motion". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "30 Rock Cast Biographies: Jane Krakowski". NBC. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  12. ^ "Emmy nominee reactions rundown". The Hollywood Reporter. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  13. ^ "'Glee,' 'The Pacific' top Emmy noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-09. [dead link]
  14. ^ Ernio Hernandez (2003-05-20). "Nine Nominee Jane Krakowski "Calls" in a Showstopping Performance". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  15. ^ "Jane Krakowski Takes Manhattan" June 24, 2003, Theater Mania
  16. ^ Guys and Dolls The Tour
  17. ^ Stephen Holden (2005-02-03). "Sorry, Santa, but Naughty Is More Fun Than Nice". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  18. ^ "Krakowski takes off skates". Daily Variety. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  19. ^ Andrew Gans (2008-07-27). "Diva Talk: Chatting with Damn Yankees' Jane Krakowski". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  20. ^ "Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl" YouTube video
  21. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (2011-04-22). "Jane Krakowski and Robert Godley welcome a son". CBS News. 
  22. ^ "Jane Krakowski Releases 'The Laziest Gal in Town' Solo Album 7/15; Cover Art Revealed". broadwayworld.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 

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