Jane Krakowski

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Jane Krakowski

Born

10/11/1968, Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Jane Krajkowski

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Jane Krajkowski
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Biography

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Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski has enthralled and entertained television audiences worldwide with her brilliant portrayals of the dim-witted yet ambitious blonde actress Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock and the attention-starved snoopy secretary Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal. She is also recognized for her exceptional vocal talent, which she…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She appeared in a television commercial for Atari 2600 Solar Fox video game in the 1980s. She was also in the TV ad for Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo.

    • For the TV series 30 Rock, Krakowski was called in as a last-minute replacement for Rachel Dratch for the character Jenna Maroney. The role was recast since it was defined as a "much blonder, more conventionally bimbonic part" and the casters felt Jane was more apt for the role.

    • Among the albums she did recordings for are Lost in Boston IV, Sondheim at the Movies, Hudson River Blues, and The Burt Bacharach Album. In 2002, she also sang "You" in Jim Brickman's album Love Songs & Lullabies.

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) as Corma Limbs
      Bygone Days: An Ally McBeal Retrospective (2009) (V)
      TV's 50 Funniest Phrases (2009) (TV) as Narrator
      A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) as Claire's Mom
      Open Season 2 (2008) as Giselle
      The Rocker (2008) as Carol
      Sex, Power, Love & Politics (2006) as Sloan
      Mom at Sixteen (2005) as Donna Cooper
      A Christmas Carol (2004) as Ghost of Christmas Past / Streetlamp Lighter
      Taste (2004) as Samantha Neal
      Just a Walk in the Park (2002 as Rachel Morgan
      CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery (2001) as CatDog's Mother/Pus$ycat Catfield
      Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules (1991) as Melba
      When We Were Young (1989) as Linda Rosen
      No Big Deal (1983) as Margaret

    • Krakowski performed the song "Love's just a Phone Call Away" in When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003). She also sang "Cheek to Cheek" in Gray Matters (2006).

    • While at school, Krakowski met fellow Ally McBeal co-star, Calista Flockhart.

    • For the Broadway musical Starlight Express, Krakowski learned to skate. Because Jane is a skater, Tina Fey regularly writes skating scenes for her character on 30 Rock.

    • Krakowski once had a seven-year long-distance relationship with British lyricist Charles Hart and was once romantically involved with British documentarian Marc Singer, actor Julian Ovenden, and American lyricist Adam Guettel. Since 2009, Jane has been dating TV writer and producer Aaron Sorkin.

    • She settled in New York in 1981. In 2005, she lived in London, England and did some theater there. Subsequently, she has moved back to the US and has been living in Greenwich Village, New York.

    • She appeared in the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" video clip in 2000.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      The Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, (Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1979)
      A Little Night Music as Fredrika (York Players Company, Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1981)
      American Passion, 1984
      Miami as Denise Fine (Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1986)
      Perfect for Blue (Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1986)
      Starlight Express as (Gershwin Theatre, 1987-1989)
      Grand Hotel as Flaemmchem the typist (Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1989)
      Henceforward as Zoe (Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1991-1992)
      Face Value as Jessica Ryan (New York City, 1993)
      Company as April (Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, 1995)
      One Touch of Venus as Gloria Kramer (City Center, New York City, 1996)
      Tartuffe: Born Again as Maryann (Circle in the Square Uptown, New York City, 1996)
      Once upon a Mattress as Lady Larkin (New York City, 1996)
      Mack and Mabel as Mabel Normand (Los Angeles, 2000)
      Funny Girl as Fanny Brice (New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2002)
      Nine: The Musical as Carla (Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2003)
      Guys and Dolls in London as Miss Adelaide (Piccadilly Theatre, London, 2005)
      Damn Yankees as Lola (New York City Center, 2008)

    • Before she became an actress, Jane dropped the 'j' from her family name Krajkowski because people kept pronouncing the letter even though it was supposed to be silent.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      1986 (N) - Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Awards, for Search for Tomorrow
      1987 (N) - Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Awards, for Search for Tomorrow
      1990 (N) - Featured Actress in a Musical, Tony Awards, for Grand Hotel, the Musical
      1990 (N) - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Awards, for Grand Hotel, the Musical
      1998 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Ally McBeal, shared with castmates
      1999 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture, Golden Globe Awards, for Ally McBeal
      1999 (W) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Ally McBeal, shared with castmates
      2000 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Ally McBeal, shared with castmates
      2001 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Ally McBeal, shared with castmates
      2001 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Golden Sattelite Award, for Ally McBeal
      2003 (W) - Tony Award, for Nine
      2003 (N) - Drama Desk Awards, for Nine
      2006 (W) - Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, for Guys and Dolls
      2008 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for 30 Rock, shared with castmates
      2009 (W) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for 30 Rock, shared with castmates
      2009 (N) - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Emmy Awards, for 30 Rock

    • Her parents, both Polish, are Ed Krajkowski, a chemical engineer, and Barbara Krajkowski, a producing artistic director for the Women's Theater Company and college theater instructor. She has an older brother.

    • She is 5'4½" (1.64m) tall.

    • Krakowski was the original choice for the role of Judy in 1983 movie Sleepaway Camp, but she turned it down because her character's death was too violent.

  • Quotes

    • Jane: (upon learning about her first-ever Emmy nomination for her work on "30 Rock") My first reaction, because I couldn't find the list online, I was like, `No, no, send me the list. I do not believe this is real. You have to prove it to me by seeing it in writing.

    • Jane: (on the people she admired while growing up) So many people. I would say I was most enamored of all the theater performers that I saw when I was growing up. I never expected that I could do what they did. When I finally got in a Broadway show, I couldn't believe I was one of them.

    • Jane: (on what she would want to have in a tree house) My ipod, a fleece, and a boyfriend, but those could be options. If I don't have a boyfriend, a boyfriend.

    • Jane: I love the characters I get to play. The outrageous comedy that we are allowed to do on 30 Rock – since many of us are playing characters who are temperamental actors – it gives us so much freedom to do ridiculous things.

    • Jane: (about working on "30 Rock") I get to work with the most hilarious people, every day. It's sort of a dream job. And Tina Fey is the best boss ever-she runs the show, knows her lines better than anyone, is there earliest and latest, and still finds time to raise a child. If I had an ounce of what Tina Fey has, I'd be set for life. I can't even answer my e-mail in a day.

    • Jane: (on doing theater, film, and television) I've never wanted to do just one thing. I'm so lucky to be able to work in all three areas, because that means I probably have a better chance of consistently booking jobs. (laughs) I know the handshake between theater and TV. The only reason I got to be in Guys and Dolls in the West End is because they broadcast Ally McBeal in London and people recognized me there. It's the nature of the business.

    • Jane: I love doing live theater more than anything: you get an immediate reaction, whether it's good or bad.

    • Jane: (on filming sex scenes) I'm getting paid for it, that's the real kicker. Because I'd do it all for free.

    • Jane: I realised I should try harder to be an actress because I'd never make it as a waitress.

    • Jane: On paper, Once Upon a Mattress looked good. Sarah Jessica Parker and the director and the designers -- everyone involved was reputable and had had huge successes in the past. What's odd to me is that I could tell from the first day of rehearsal that it was not going to be right; I hoped it would find its way, but I don't think it ever really did.

    • Jane: I've never felt anything so exciting as when this unanimous gasp came from the audience. That's why I love doing live theater more than anything: you get an immediate reaction, whether it's good or bad.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • May I say, Jane Krakowski is SUCH a talented and accomplished woman. She has won tony's, golden globes, datime emmys! She is my favorite actress and I will explain why!

    10
    Jane Krakowski is my favorite actress! I first saw her in theatre in London, playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She immeadiately stood out. With her thin figure, long blonde hair, and amazing talent! When she sang the whole crowd stopped, and then thunderous applause filled the room! I saw Guys and Dolls seven times, and she was amazing, more than that! Due to this, I saw Ally McBeal, a smart, witty and CLEVER show! Jane plays the slutty secretary, Elaine! She brings so much bubliness, slutiness and nosiness to the character. I love her in that show. She upstages Calista for SURE (sorry if you are a Calista fan!!! Calista is great) and Lucy Liu (but Ling is my 2nd fave!) Anyway, she was great in each episode, and really makes you believe she is Elaine. When you can't tell they're acting, then you know they are talented. Some may not like Jane, your problem! She does not just act her way through Ally, she sings her way through too! Every birthday/christmas episode, expect a mind blowing perfomance, overall, my persnally favorite!!!moreless
  • Gave her character a lot of life

    8.3
    I think Jane Krakowski\'s portrayal of Elaine on Ally McBeal was wonderful. We all know that person who tries so hard to be well-liked and nice to everyone (even going so far as to be a little slutty), yet seems to be the one everyone ignores or mistreats, as if that person were not important. Elaine was that character and I think an actress that is well-liked would have a harder time playing a role where her character is not. She pulled it off and really made you believe it, which is the main goal of acting. I wouldn\'t say she was underrated, as she did win a Golden Globe in 2002. I hope to see her in more television shows as more than just a guest star.moreless
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