Jane Alexander

Actress + Author
Born Oct 28, 1939

Jane Alexander is an American actress, author, and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Although perhaps best known for playing the female lead in The Great White Hope on both stage and screen, Alexander has played a wide array of roles in both theater and film and has committed herself to a variety of charitable causes.… Read More

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  • Argentine Troupe Is Ready To Step Into Chicago Spotlight
    Chicago Times - Nov 05, 2013
  • New Edward Albee Play 'laying An Egg' Debuts With A Splash This Season
    Huffington Post - Mar 13, 2013
  • Liz Smith: A Brand New Thriller From Dick Wolf Yes That Dick Wolf, The Law & Order Creator
    Huffington Post - Jan 24, 2013
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    Tony Award Winner Jane Alexander Speaks At Doane
    Doane Line - May 04, 2012


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1939 Birth Born on October 28, 1939.


1964 24 Years Old They had one son, Jace Alexander, in 1964, and the couple divorced a decade later. … Read More
1968 28 Years Old Alexander made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Great White Hope and won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. … Read More


1970 30 Years Old She went on to star in the film version of The Great White Hope in 1970 and received the first of four Academy Award nominations for her performance. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old The two became good friends and, once divorced from their respective spouses, became romantically involved, marrying in 1975. … Read More


1993 53 Years Old In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Alexander chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, the organization that had provided partial funding for The Great White Hope at Arena Stage. … Read More
1999 59 Years Old She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.


2004 64 Years Old In 2004, Alexander, together with her husband, Edwin Sherin, joined the theater faculty at Florida State University. … Read More
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