Jane Alexander
Actress, author
Jane Alexander
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.
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Argentine troupe is ready to step into Chicago spotlight
Chicago Times - over 3 years
DANCE CARD: Che Malambo for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's "Global Rhythms" Get ready to rumble, Chicago. Yet another brand of percussive dance arrives here courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project and its artistic director, Lane Alexander. CHRP's ninth annual "Global Rhythms" show — running Friday and Saturday at the Athenaeum Theatre as part of Dance Chicago 2013 — features the 14 men of Che Malambo, direct from Argentina, performing a 17th-century dance originated by gauchos...
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New Edward Albee Play 'Laying An Egg' Debuts With A Splash This Season
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — The upcoming season at the Signature Theatre will be a fertile one – with new works by David Henry Hwang, Will Eno, Martha Clarke and the much-anticipated world premiere of Edward Albee's new play, "Laying an Egg." The 2013-2014 Signature season announced Wednesday also includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson starring in August Wilson's one-man show "How I Learned What I Learned" and a new work by Regina Taylor. "I think it's a really dynamic, eclectic group and mix, and I think it really is representative of what we have to offer as a theater-making community," said James Houghton, the Signature's founding artistic director. Albee's play, about a middle-aged married woman determined to become pregnant despite a controlling mother and restrictions imposed by her late father's will, is part of the Signature's Legacy Program, which gives its former resident writers the opportunity to return with new work. Albee, whose other works include "Who's Afraid of Vir ...
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Liz Smith: A Brand New Thriller From Dick Wolf -- Yes That Dick Wolf, the Law & Order Creator
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Joe Biden's horoscope on January 21 was especially strong (better than the president's). Watch for the vice president playing a much greater role during Obama's second term and coming to the fore to revamp the budget and economic policies across the board," writes the astrologist Shelley Ackerman in her view of the stars on The Aesthete. Law & Order has been one of my TV favorites for years, harking back to the original cast in 1990. I was especially taken by the long career there of actor Jerry Orbach, because I'd known him since he first played the character El Gallo in the legendary off-B'way play The Fantasticks. (This became the historic longest-running show ever and it had been dreamed up by my classmates at the University of Texas -- Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt and the late Word Baker.) You can still turn on television and almost always run across a version of Law & Order and if you're like me, usually you'll stick with it again to the end. Even though ...
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Tony Award winner Jane Alexander speaks at Doane
Doane Line - almost 5 years
Theatre students had the rare opportunity to listen and learn from an award-winning actress.
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Drew's Voice Foundation Tackles Bullying at Wrestling Match
Montrose Patch - almost 5 years
Bullying and wrestling might sound like a uncanny combination, but for Drew Ferraro's cousin, Jake Alexander, it's a passion and a way to tell Drew's story.  Family and friends gathered at an Empire Wrestling Federation fundraiser for the Drew's Voice Foundation in San Bernardino Saturday.  The professional wrestling event hosted bands, wrestlers and fans. The event bolstered support for the Crescenta Valley family's foundation, Drew's Voice.  "Like most people in our family I was left asking the question 'What could I have done?' and that then turned into 'What can I do?' The answer to both of those questions is this fundraiser," Alexander said.   Related:  Video: Suicide Victim's Mother Wants to End 'Bullying Epidemic'
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Softball Routs Crusaders in Mid-Week Contest
The Harvard Crimson - almost 5 years
Last season, Crimson hurler Rachel Brown fanned 10 batters and allowed seven hits to lead the Harvard softball team to an 8-1 victory over Holy Cross (8-31, 3-13 PL). This year, Brown has managed to one-up herself, striking out 11 and holding the Crusaders’ offense to just two hits, as the Crimson (29-11, 15-1 Ivy) took down Holy Cross, 10-0, on Thursday. The win marks Harvard’s ninth shutout of the season and the 24th shutout of Brown’s four-year career. Earlier this week, Brown was named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week and earned the title of Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Brown, who leads the Ancient Eight with an opposing batting average of 1.50 and 206 strikeouts, has already received the latter title four other times this season. Despite her standout status, Brown credits the entire Crimson defense for its stellar performance in shutting out the Crusaders on Thursday. “My defense was completely solid behind me,” Brown said. “There were no errors, and Katie Lantz ...
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Kim Cattrall, Ricky Martin And More Up For Theater Awards
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
The Drama League Awards may not be quite as prestigious as the Tonys, but they have a few years on them. Established in 1922 and made official in 1935 (the Tonys began in '47), the awards honor the best in theater both on and off Broadway. The League announced their nominations today, and the list includes many of the names we expect to be seeing from the Tonys when they announced their nominations next Tuesday. Raven-Symone (currently starring in "Sister Act" on Broadway), Megan Hilty and Justin Long announced the nominees for the awards' five categories -- Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award, for which more than 50 actors -- male and female -- were nominated. The winner can only receive the award once during his or her career, according to Broadway World, which hosted a livestream of the announcement. Check out the full list ...
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Losing weight too quickly gave me gallstones
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Ten months after losing four stone, Jane Alexander, pictured, discovered a disturbing downside to shedding the pounds.
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Win Dream House on Blu-ray
HeyUGuys.co.uk - almost 5 years
To mark the release of Dream House on DVD and Blu-ray 16th April, Warner Home Video have given us three copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray. What if the mystery you were trying to solve, was your own? Piece together this haunting puzzle and pre-order the psychological thriller DREAM HOUSE on 24 February, as it is released onto Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download on 16 April, by Warner Home Video. A perfect family. A terrifying secret. DANIEL CRAIG (Cowboys & Aliens, Quantum of Solace), NAOMI WATTS (The Ring,J. Edgar) and Oscar® winner RACHEL WEISZ (The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) star in the suspenseful DREAM HOUSE (the set where DANIEL CRAIG and RACHEL WEISZ fell in love and later married), where a family unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls. Dream House is the chilling tale of Will Atenton (Craig), a high-profile, Manhattan publisher who leaves the big city behind to relocat ...
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Royal Roundup: Kate and William Go to 'The Inbetweeners Movie' - Anglophenia (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Queen Elizabeth (Jane Alexander) “turns out to be the kind of gal you could, you know, hang with,” the paper writes. “The scene of the queen and Kate playing a video game is a keeper.” The St. Paul-Minneapolis Pioneer Press called the movie “a
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Royal Romance of Prince William and Catherine on Hallmark Channel - Suite101.com
Google News - over 5 years
The movie stars Dan Amboyer, Alice St. Clair, Jane Alexander, Victor Garber and Jean Smart. The cast includes Stanley Eldridge, Lesley Harcourt and Mark Penfold. Prince William and Kate Middleton met and became best friends in college. ... - -
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If I Said I'd Watch Hallmark's Kate & Wills Movie, Would You Hold It Against Me? - NPR (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alice St. Clair, Jane Alexander, Dan Amboyer, Stanley Eldridge, Victor Garber, Mark Penfold, and Jean Smart of William And Catherine: A Royal Romance. Alice St. Clair, Jane Alexander, Dan Amboyer, Stanley Eldridge, Victor Garber,
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Royal bus riders - Mother Nature Network
Google News - over 5 years
27 in Hallmark Channel's original movie "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance," starring Jane Alexander as Queen Elizabeth II, Victor Garber as Prince Charles, Jean Smart as Camilla Parker Bowles and newcomers Dan Amboyer and Alice St. Clair as the ... - -
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jane Alexander, et al. to Lead TNT Films - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Alexander will join Kathy Najimi and Scottie Thompson in "Deck the Halls," which is also based on a novel, this one by Mary Higgins Clark. Alexander's major break in acting came in 1967 when she played Eleanor Backman in the original production of
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Hallmark re-creates Will and Kate romance - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Alexander plays Queen Elizabeth. (Pippa is not a part of the story.) St. Clair says playing Kate was definitely "a challenge." To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the
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Hallmark's 'William & Catherine' dramatizes the royal romance - Zap2it.com
Google News - over 5 years
Two-time Emmy winner Jane Alexander plays Queen Elizabeth II, and Victor Garber ("Alias") and Jean Smart -- fresh from what turned out to be a short stint as the governor on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" -- are cast as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Alexander
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 64
    In 2004, Alexander, together with her husband, Edwin Sherin, joined the theater faculty at Florida State University.
    More Details Hide Details She serves on various boards, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the National Audubon Society, Project Greenhope, the National Stroke Association, and Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, and she has received the Israel Cultural Award and the Helen Caldicott Leadership Award. Alexander is also a fellow of the International Leadership Forum. In 2009 Alexander starred in Thom Thomas's play A Moon to Dance By at The Pittsburgh Playhouse and at The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. It was directed by her husband, Edwin Sherin. In 2016, Alexander voiced a role in the play New York Story by Mike Reiss, for Playing On Air, a non-profit organization that “records short plays public radio and podcast written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors.” Alexander met her first husband, Robert Alexander, in the early 1960s in New York City, where both were pursuing acting careers.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.
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  • 1993
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Alexander moved to Washington, DC and served as chair of the NEA until 1997. Her book, Command Performance: an Actress in the Theater of Politics (2000), describes the challenges she faced heading the NEA at a time when the 104th U.S. Congress, headed by Newt Gingrich, unsuccessfully strove to shut it down.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 35
    The two became good friends and, once divorced from their respective spouses, became romantically involved, marrying in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Between the two, they have four children, Alexander's son—Jace, a television director recently convicted on child pornography charges—and Sherin's three sons—Tony, Geoffrey, and Jon.
  • 1970
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her subsequent Oscar nominations were for All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs Kramer (1979) and Testament (1983). An eight-time Emmy nominee, she received her first nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin (1976), a role that required her to age from 18 to 60. She has won two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Playing for Time (1980) and Warm Springs (2005). Alexander was born Jane Quigley in Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of Ruth Elizabeth (née Pearson), a nurse, and Thomas B. Quigley, an orthopedic surgeon. She graduated from Beaver Country Day School, an all-girls school in Chestnut Hill outside of Boston, where she discovered her love of acting. Encouraged by her father to go to college before embarking on an acting career, Alexander attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she concentrated on theater but also studied mathematics with an eye toward computer programming, in the event that she failed as an actress. Also while at Sarah Lawrence, she shared an apartment with Hope Cooke who would become Queen Consort of Sikkim. Alexander spent her junior year studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she participated in the Edinburgh University Dramatic Society. The experience solidified her determination to continue acting.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other Broadway credits include, 6 Rms Riv Vu (1972), The Night of the Iguana (1988), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993) and Honour (1998). She has received a total of seven Tony Award nominations and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    They had one son, Jace Alexander, in 1964, and the couple divorced a decade later.
    More Details Hide Details Alexander had been acting regularly in various regional theaters when she met producer/director Edwin Sherin in Washington, D.C., where he was artistic director at Arena Stage. Alexander starred in the original theatrical production of The Great White Hope under Sherin's direction at Arena Stage prior to the play's Broadway debut.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on October 28, 1939.
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