During the fourth season of Malcolm In The Middle, Jane was forced to miss several episodes because of severe migraine headaches. However, several people claimed she was just trying to get a pay raise. Her rep, however claimed it was all untrue.
Jane's series Malcolm In The Middle lasted seven years and ended on May 14, 2006. Her husband's show, The West Wing, also lasted for seven years, and ended the exact same night, during the same time slot.
During the end of the third season of Malcolm In The Middle, Jane was pregnant with her third child. Her character was pregnant during the fourth season, however because by the time they wrote the storyline in, Jane was at the end of her pregnancy.
On July 17, 2005, Jane and Michael Chilkis announced the nominees for the 55th Primetime Emmy Awards. One of the names announced was Jane's for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Jane has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards. From 2001-2003, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for Malcolm in the Middle.
Jane has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2001 and 2003, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Malcolm in the Middle.
In April 2004, Jane underwent a hip-replacement surgery.
In 2002, Jane appeared in a TV commercial for M&Ms.
Jane belongs to the Polish heritage. She has said if she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be Polish sausage.
Jane made her television debut in 1982 in the made-for-television movie For Lovers Only.
Jane Kaczmarek married Bradley Whitford on August 15th, 1992. They are still married and live in Los Angeles, California.
Jane wore Keds sneakers a lot in Malcolm in the Middle.
Jane was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 51, in May 2007.
As of the 2006 Emmy Awards, Jane is a seven-time nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and has been nominated from 2000-2006 for her role on Malcolm In The Middle. However, she is still waiting for her first Emmy win.
Jane is 5 feet 6 1/2 inches (169 cm) tall.
She has had several Broadway hits, including Lost In Yonkers and has occasionally guest starred on The Simpsons, providing the voice of Judge Constance Harm.
2001 American Comedy Award Funniest Female in a TV Series for Malcolm in the Middle
1996 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award Featured Performance for Raised in Captivity
1996 Ovation Award Featured Actress (Play) for Kindertransport
Jane Kaczmarek worked as a drama teacher for a while after graduation.
Jane has three siblings. Her sister, Her brother, Bill, is an entrepreneur. Her brother, Jim, is a teacher and her sister Mary works for an Internet company.
Her parents are Evelyn and Edward. Her mother was a teacher. Her father is a former Defense Department employee.
Jane earned $100,000 for each Malcolm in the Middle episode for season four. From seasons five to seven, she earned $150,000 per episode.
She founded the charity Clothes off our Back with her husband, Bradley Whitford, in 2002.
Jane's son George was born in 1999. Her daughter Frances was born in 1997. Mary Louisa, her last daughter, was born on December 2nd, 2002.
Jane: Bradley works a lot harder than I do. Every week he has to memorize all those great lines. I just come to the set and yell at the kids and hang around the snack table. It's very relaxing.
Jane: Until I was finished with sixth grade, we grew up in a house in Milwaukee, with four kids and my mom and my dad. We had one bathroom, which is what the family in Malcolm has, which [we] never thought was odd. There was a toilet in the basement. You learned to really function very cooperatively with one toilet, and it just seemed like the most normal thing in the world. I love that that is the case on Malcolm, because I think a lot of people grew up that way.There's a certain familiarity about that.
Jane: I love watching [on TV] with a girlfriend and a glass of wine, cutting everybody down. Award shows are fun on TV. Being there, I have to tell you they are very, very long.
Jane: (About the 2000 Emmy Awards) First of all, I didn't have a ticket. I had hired a publicist, who never got my tickets. So we literally went running up there. We were late because we were talking to everyone on the red carpet. We went from door to door trying to get in, and finally someone with a headset said, 'Yeah, I have a lady here. She says she's a nominee. She doesn't have a ticket.' So, we got in and it had already started. I was both physically and emotionally uncomfortable. I had just bought a girdle from Sears - that's the only place you can get a good girdle anymore - and it was killing me. I went to the bathroom, and you can't get back in till the next commercial, which I didn't know. It's bizarre because you can hear stuff going on in there, but they won't open the door. It was an odd evening. You're surrounded by people you don't know, and you don't know quite what to do.
Jane: (About her acting career before Malcolm In The Middle) I couldn't even get auditions for comedies. I played very unfunny people.
Jane: (On her charity Clothes Off Our Back) Mike Farrell [M*A*S*H] told me that you have a certain 'currency' when you become a celebrity and that it's up to you as to how you're going to spend it. The first year, we sold Jennifer Aniston's Emmy dress for $50,000, which allowed 50,000 children to be immunized against measles. It's opened so many doors for me to say to people, 'Hello, can I have your shoes and your dress?'
Jane: Student teaching is the hardest job there is. Secondary school kids didn't want to be there. I skipped out one afternoon and went to the mall, and there were some of my students there. But they couldn't report me, could they?
Jane: Look, you can get yourself cut and stitched, or you can get a good girdle. The day before my first Emmy show, I went to Sears and bought a really good girdle. And I've worn that thing to every single awards show since!
Jane: If a stove like this was good enough for 50's moms, who made three meals a day, then it's good enough for me!
Jane: I hate cooking, so my only concern was fitting a turkey in it on Thanksgiving and I can.
Jane: Lois is a great mother. They can't afford any help so she takes care of the kids along with working. They have dinner together every night. Those kids don't get away with anything.