Jane Curtin first gained national attention when she made her TV debut in 1975 as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the hit late-night series Saturday Night Live. During her five-year run on the show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations for the creation of many memorable characters.
Following Saturday Night Live, Curtin starred with Susan Saint James for five years on the popular television series Kate & Allie, earning two Emmys as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of affable divorcee Allie Lowell. She went on to a successful, six-year run as Dr. Mary Albright on the NBC hit 3rd Rock from the Sun. Her other television credits include the critically acclaimed miniseries Common Ground, as well as the television movies Divorce Wars, with Tom Selleck, and Maybe Baby, with Dabney Coleman.
Curtin’s feature film credits include Antz, Coneheads, How to Beat the High Co$t of Living, Suspicion, Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video and O.C. and Stiggs.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., Curtin studied drama at Northeastern University. She was a member of the improvisational theater group The Proposition for four years before going on a national tour with a number of plays, including Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She appeared on Broadway with Joanne Woodward in George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, a role she reprised for television.
Curtin’s other stage credits include the off-Broadway musical revue Pretzels, which she co-wrote, and several appearances in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. She appeared on Broadway in 2002 in the revival of Noises Off and followed that with the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town, which moved to Broadway for a sold-out run in late 2002 with Curtin reprising her role on stage.
Most recently, Curtin appeared in the Disney feature The Shaggy Dog, with Tim Allen, and has just finished filming I Love You Man for Dreamworks.