Jane Leeves

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Jane Leeves
Jane Leeves 2012.jpg
Leeves in May 2012.
Born(1961-04-18) 18 April 1961 (age 53)
Ilford, Essex, England
OccupationActress, producer, comedian, singer, dancer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Marshall Coben
(1996–present)
Children2
 
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Jane Leeves
Jane Leeves 2012.jpg
Leeves in May 2012.
Born(1961-04-18) 18 April 1961 (age 53)
Ilford, Essex, England
OccupationActress, producer, comedian, singer, dancer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Marshall Coben
(1996–present)
Children2

Jane Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English actress, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer.

Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in 1983 on the popular British comedy television show The Benny Hill Show, and appeared as a dancer in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. She moved to the United States, where she performed in small roles. In 1986–1988, she garnered her first leading role in the short-lived sitcom Throb,[1] and then secured a recurring part in the television sitcom Murphy Brown.

In 1993, Leeves achieved wider fame as Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.[2] She received further recognition for roles in films such as Miracle on 34th Street (1994), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Music of the Heart (1999), and The Event (2003).

Leeves has worked in television production, but returned to acting in June 2010, as Joy Scroggs on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland.[3]

Early life[edit]

Leeves was born in Ilford, Essex before moving to Crawley, Sussex and then East Grinstead, West Sussex. She trained as a ballet dancer at the Bush Davies School of Dance and worked as a model until she made her first film appearance in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. She abandoned the possibility of a career in ballet due to an ankle injury.[4]

Career[edit]

Leeves at the 1995 Emmys.

Leeves was a regular on The Benny Hill Show (as one of "Hill's Angels"), later making use of her experience as a dancer in the well known "Christmas in Heaven" scene from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and appeared as a tourist with a baby in the David Lee Roth music video for the song "California Girls," but struggled for several years to establish herself. She became somewhat visible as the flighty record company employee, Blue (née Prudence Anne Bartlett), on the syndicated sitcom Throb!.

Leeves in August 2012

She had a recurring role in the television series Murphy Brown which provided her first period of success, playing Audrey, the loud and awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg (played by Grant Shaud). Leeves also appeared as the troublesome Marla the Virgin in four risqué episodes of Seinfeld: "The Virgin", "The Contest", "The Pilot" and "The Finale - Part 2". During this period Leeves was cast as Holly for the pilot of the U.S. version of the science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. She also had a role as a lesbian in the 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A.

In 1993, Leeves joined the cast of the television series Frasier. She played the eccentric, forthright, and allegedly psychic Mancunian Daphne Moon. By the start of 2000-01 season, Leeves was pregnant, and the writers incorporated her pregnancy into shows as weight gain due to her character's stress from her relationship with Niles (portrayed by David Hyde Pierce). By the conclusion of Frasier, Leeves had received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination in 1998 and also a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film nomination in 1995 for her role and had become the highest-paid British actress in Hollywood.[5]

Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her regular voice and singing voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) and acted in the film Music of the Heart (1999). In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway musical Cabaret.[6] In 2004, she hosted an episode of the British television comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You. Her 2006 show, The WB's sitcom Misconceptions, went unaired.[citation needed]

Leeves provides guest vocals in The Penguins of Madagascar as Lulu, a female chimp, with whom Phil falls in love. With Peri Gilpin, Leeves also set up the production company "Bristol Cities" (cockney rhyming slang for 'titties'[7]). Their latest project was in 2007 a pilot for a US remake of the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with Kirstie Alley in the title role.[8]

In 2010, Leeves was a guest star in two episodes in ABC's Desperate Housewives as Lynette and Tom's therapist, Dr. Graham. Since 2010, she has been playing the fortysomething ex 'eyebrow artist to the stars' Joy Scroggs in the new TV Land comedy, Hot in Cleveland, with Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick (also her co-star in the final season of Frasier), and Betty White. In 2011 she was nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with cast.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Leeves has been married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive, since 21 December 1996. They have two children; her pregnancy with daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben (born 9 January 2001) was written into a Frasier plot as a weight-gaining problem for her character. Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when Isabella was born, and is her godmother; Leeves is godmother of Gilpin's daughter Stella, and lives next door to Gilpin in Los Angeles, California. Leeves' son, Finn William Leeves Coben (born 19 December 2003) has David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney as godfathers.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Nice to See YouPerformerTelevision film
1983Monty Python's The Meaning of LifeDancerUncredited
1983The HungerUncredited
1985To Live and Die in L.A.SerenaCredited as Jane Leaves
1992Just DesertsAmy Phillips
1994Mr. WriteWylie
1994Miracle on 34th StreetAlberta Leonard
1996James and the Giant PeachLadybugVoice
1996Pandora's ClockRachel SherwoodTelevision film
1996The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th CenturyCaroline WebbVoice
1999Don't Go Breaking My HeartJuliet Gosling
1999Music of the HeartDorothea von Haeften
2003The EventMona
2006Garfield: A Tail of Two KittiesEenieVoice
2009Endless BummerLiv

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983–1985The Benny Hill ShowHill's Angel4 episodes
1986–1988ThrobPrudence Anne "Blue" Bartlett48 episodes
1987Murder, She WroteGwen PetrieEpisode: "It Runs in the Family"
1989It's a LivingTerry TedaldoEpisode: "He Never Sang for His Father"
1989Mr. BelvedereProfessor Ann BurnsEpisode: "The Professor"
1989HoopermanAnnieEpisode: "Stakeout"
1989–1993Murphy BrownAudrey Cohen9 episodes
1990My Two DadsHarrietEpisode: "See You in September?"
1990Room for RomanceEpisode: "A Midsummer Night's Reality"
1990Who's the Boss?Ms. AdamsEpisode: "Parental Guidance Suggested"
1991BlossomSheilaEpisode: "Love Stinks"
1992Red DwarfHollyUnsold
1992–1998SeinfeldMarla Penny4 episodes
1993–2004FrasierDaphne Moon257 episodes
1995Caroline in the CityDaphne MoonEpisode: "Caroline and the Bad Back"
1998Hercules: The Animated SeriesAthena6 episodes
2003The SimpsonsEdwinaEpisode: "The Regina Monologues"
2006MisconceptionsAmanda Watson7 episodes
2006Twenty Good YearsMary FrancesEpisode: "Big Love"
2008The Starter WifeAnn Hefton2 episodes
2009–2011The Penguins of MadagascarLulu2 episodes
2009–2013Phineas and FerbVarious CharactersVoice
5 episodes
2010Desperate HousewivesDr. Graham2 episodes
2010Notes from the UnderbellyGracieEpisode: "Accidental Family Bed"
2010–presentHot in ClevelandJoy Scroggs104 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1994Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesFrasierNominated
1995Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesWon
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
1997Nominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
2000Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNominated
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2002Nominated
2003Nominated
2004Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2011Hot in ClevelandNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Throb" (1986)
  2. ^ Das, Lina (2010-07-30). "How Benny Hill babe Jane Leeves became the queen of U.S. TV". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  3. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (2010-01-14). "Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick will be 'Hot in Cleveland'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Full Cast of The Meaning of Life on IMDB". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ Jane Leeves Trivia
  6. ^ "Jane Leeves Sets Dates for B'way's Cabaret - Broadway Tickets". Broadway.com. 2002-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jo7gAjlWnc Jane Leeves on Graham Norton
  8. ^ Kirby, Terry (2007-02-07). "US version of 'Vicar of Dibley' to star Kirstie Alley - Media, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  9. ^ SAG's TV nominations: What did they miss?
  10. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (2011-02-13). "Jane Leeves in Hot in Cleveland has struck sitcom gold again". Dailymail. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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