Jane Krakowski

American actress and singer Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her performance as Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and for her current role as Jenna Maroney on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, for which she has received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
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A Word With: Jane Krakowski Tap, Tap, Taps Into ‘A Christmas Story Live!’
NYTimes - 3 months
The Tony-winning actress — best known for TV roles on “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — talks about embracing fear and working with Tina Fey.
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Zosia Mamet Has One Question When Offered Roles: 'How Are They Depicting Women?’
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Aisle View: The 2016 Ten Best List
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2016: The Best New York Theatre Once again, the New York theatre world has had a banner year, with exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway and off. In a continuing trend, many of the selections are transfers from non-profits or new productions from Broadway non-profits. Little matter; the productions below for the most part transported their audiences. Let it be added that two top flight musicals which are likely to appear on most or all of this year's Ten Best Lists -- Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Falsettos -- have been omitted herein due to conflicts of interest. (I recently coauthored, with Dave Malloy, "The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway"; and in 1990 coproduced the original production of William Finn's Falsettoland.) Thus, both are officially unlisted but highly recommended -- and you only have until January 8 to see Falsettos, so what are you waiting for? DEAR EVAN HANSEN Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: ...
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Liz Lemon's Feminism, 10 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ten years ago, Liz Lemon, a character created and played by Tina Fey, shuffled onto our screens in the first episode of “30 Rock.” Liz Lemon was a “bad feminist.” That’s what made her so compelling. In the 2006 television comedy landscape that lacked for an abundance of truly vibrant female leads, she was an entirely new breed. She was the head writer of the fictional sketch show “TGS.” She was a “boss,” though unabashedly un-bosslike. She was neurotic, ungraceful, ornery and deliberately flawed.  With Tina Fey’s distinct brand of absurdist and ironic humor, “30 Rock” often challenged stereotypes about women by either parodying them to the extreme (in the case of Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski) or subverting them with Lemon’s character herself.  Lemon was the Mary Tyler Moore for a new age: single and not wild about it but also far more happy eating a sandwich than going on a date. By the end of the series in 2013, she “has it all” on her own terms ― a loving husba...
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'She Loves Me' To Be The First Live Streamed Broadway Show
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If you love the theatrics of "She Loves Me"  -- you know, the ones you saw during the 70th Annual Tony Awards (including that killer split by Jane Krakowski) -- but can't make it to Broadway for the real thing, you're in luck.  According to Variety, The Roundabout Theater Company's revival of the 1963 show will be the first Broadway production to live stream a performance via BroadwayHD on June 30. Of course, watching a live stream on your home television lacks some of the excitement of being in the room where it happens, but the price -- $9.99 -- is a lot easier to swallow than most Broadway tickets.   As Variety points out, an offer like this makes sense for "She Loves Me," a limited-engagement show that ends July 10. Having a live stream, and then a recorded version, allows BroadwayHD to entice fans with big names like Krakowski long after the actual show's final curtain drops. Of course, the news of one Broadway show's live stream makes one naturally ...
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Every. Single. Time. 'Hamilton' Won Or Performed At The Tonys
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sunday night marked an evening of #Tonys4Ham.  The musical may not have broken the record for the most Tony Awards for a single production, but "Hamilton" did earn an impressive 11 wins, including three of the four potential acting categories and the coveted Best Musical honor. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself walked away with statues for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, while Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire, Andy Blankenbuehler, Howell Binkley and Paul Tazewell took home trophies in their respective categories. And then there were the performances. "Hamilton" cast members opened the show by propping up host James Corden in song. They introduced a parallel set of #Ham4Ham-esque videos recorded outside the Beacon Theatre, featuring actors from the nominated musicals performing favorites of Broadway past. They performed a medley of hits from their own production near the end of the night. And finally, they closed ...
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The scene-stealing Jane Krakowski
CBS News - over 1 year
Comic actress Jane Krakowski shared a lot of laughs with Tina Fey on the TV series "30 Rock," and pulls off some hijinks in her Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway musical "She Loves Me."
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"Sunday Morning" interview: ​Second banana Jane Krakowski
CBS News - over 1 year
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Watch: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Cast on Season 2 Fun
ABC News - almost 2 years
Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski and the rest of the cast discuss the direction their characters are taking.
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For the Cast of ‘She Loves Me,’ It’s the Sweet Smell of a Revival
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi and Gavin Creel talk about the return of a musical first presented on Broadway in 1963.
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After 'Kimmy Schmidt,' Tina Fey Is Done Explaining Her Jokes To You People
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Tina Fey addressed a controversial element of her Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" in a new interview with Net-a-Porter, everyone's favorite purveyor of $70 candles.  "Steer clear of the Internet and you'll live forever," Fey said, going on to explain, "We did an 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' episode, and the Internet was in a whirlwind, calling it 'racist,' but my new goal is not to explain jokes." The episode in question portrayed Jane Krakowski -- very white and blonde -- as a delightfully out-of-touch society woman hiding her Native American heritage. Some viewers felt the casting was insensitive, and the storyline unnecessary. The series' co-creator Robert Carlock defended Krakowski's character at the time, telling the audience at the 2015 Television Critics Association press tour that they'd had "a couple of writers on staff with Native American heritage," and thus felt justified in their creative decision. But it didn't stop the criticism. Now, Fey is taking ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Krakowski
  • 2016
    Age 47
    Krakowski won the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Award as Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, the Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    Krakowski was cast in the 2015 Netflix original sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Jacqueline White, for which she received her fifth Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    Krakowski released her debut solo album on July 15, 2010 — an album of cover versions called Laziest Gal in Town — on DRG Records.
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    She became engaged to Robert Godley in 2009; they separated in 2013.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    In 2007, Krakowski reportedly was in a relationship with English documentarian Marc Singer, whom she met at a screening for Children of Men in 2006.
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    Xanadu premiered on Broadway summer 2007, although Krakowski's role is played by Kerry Butler.
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    Krakowski performed in a January 2007 workshop production and backers' 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.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Krakowski received the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance and performed a cabaret show called Better When It's Banned, which featured various songs from the 1920s and '30s that were all deemed racy at the times of their original popularity.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, she starred as Miss Adelaide in Michael Grandage's West End revival of Guys and Dolls at London's Piccadilly Theatre.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    In 2003, she starred in the Broadway revival of Nine playing Carla, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    From 1997 to 2002, Krakowski played office assistant Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal; her role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, she starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    In 1995, she played the ditzy flight attendant April in The Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Company.
  • 1989
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 18
    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.
  • 1983
    Age 14
    After her film debut, National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983, 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.
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  • 1981
    Age 12
    Her guest appearances include a 1981 TV commercial for the video game Solar Fox; a 1996 appearance on Early Edition as Dr. Handleman (season one, episode three: "Baby"); 2003 appearances on Everwood as psychologist Dr. Gretchen Trott, a love interest for Treat Williams' Dr. Andrew Brown and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Emma Spevak, a serial killer of elderly women; and a 2013 spot on The Simpsons episode "The Fabulous Faker Boy".
  • 1968
    Born on October 11, 1968.
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