Curtin first gained national attention when she made her TV debut in 1975
as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players
on the hit late-night series Saturday Night Live. During her five
year run on that show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations
for her creation of many memorable characters.
She starred with
Susan Saint James for five years on the popular television series Kate
and Allie, twice earning the Emmy Award as Best Lead Actress in a
Comedy Series for her portrayal of affable divorcee Allie Lowell. Jane
went on to a successful six-year run as Dr. Mary Albright on the NBC hit
3rd Rock From the Sun.
Her feature film
credits include Antz, Coneheads, How to Beat the High
Cost of Living, Suspicion, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, O.C.
& Stiggs and Brooklyn Lobster.
Born and raised
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Curtin studied drama at Northeastern University.
She was a member of the improvisational theater group The Proposition
for four years before going on a national tour with a number of plays,
including the comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She appeared on
Broadway with Joanne Woodward as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's Candida,
and reprised the role on television. Her other stage credits credits include
the off-Broadway musical revue Pretzels, which she co-wrote, and
several appearances in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. Most recently
she appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town,
which also played on Broadway to a sold-out run in late 2002 with Jane
reprising her role.