Jane Adams (II)

Lowest Rated: 20% Day at the Beach (1998)
Birthday: Apr 1, 1965
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
It was shortly after moving to Seattle from Illinois that the Washington, D.C. native realized her calling on the stage; a role in a junior high school production of Pinocchio eventually led her to become involved with the local community theater scene. Though Adams would initially enroll in Seattle's Cornish Institute as a political science major, the call of the stage proved too much to resist and she eventually packed her bags and opted to follow the bright beacon of the Broadway lights. Once she was in New York, Adams studied at Juilliard under the tutelage of Bill Kahn, later appearing in a Playwrights Horizons production of The Nice and the Nasty before landing her first Broadway role as the virginal Dierdre in Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet. Moonlighting as a preschool teacher as a means to maintain her sanity during her downtime between roles, Adams set her sights on the screen after making her debut in the 1985 comedy Bombs Away! -- eventually realizing that if she was going to make it in film she would have to make the move to Los Angeles. In the early years of her Hollywood career, Adams got little chance to truly light up the screen since her roles were mainly of the supporting variety, but parts in such widely seen releases as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Father of the Bride II, and Kansas City did help to build her resumé and increase her exposure. A Tony-winning role in the 1994 production of An Inspector Calls also served to gain Adams some respect on-stage, and in 1998, she finally got her big break onscreen thanks to her endearing performance as plain Jane, sad sack Joy Jordan in Happiness. Though it was obvious to all who saw the film that Adams certainly had the talent to carry a film, Hollywood still relegated her to supporting roles in Songcatcher, Wonder Boys, and Orange County. If fans had wondered where Adams disappeared to following her small but memorable performance in Orange County, their questions were answered when she appeared in a small capacity in director Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Adams would remain active over the next several years, appearing most notably in movies like The Brave One, and on TV series like Hung.


Highest Rated Movies



91% Always Shine Summer $12.4K 2016
65% Digging For Fire Woman on Beach $0.2M 2015
31% Poltergeist Dr. Claire Powell $40M 2015
79% All The Light In The Sky Screenwriter Marie 2013
74% The Lie Dr. Ellen Bentel 2011
86% Silver Bullets June 2011
37% Restless Mabel $0.2M 2011
56% Calvin Marshall June Marshall 2010
67% Alexander the Last Director 2009
63% Wherever You Are (Lifelines) Nancy Bernstein 2008
50% The Sensation of Sight Alice 2008
70% The Wackness Eleanor $2.2M 2008
43% The Brave One Nicole $36.9M 2007
80% Little Children Sheila $5.4M 2006
56% Last Holiday Rochelle $38.4M 2006
No Score Yet All I Want: A Portrait of Rufus Wainwright Actor 2005
No Score Yet Stone Cold Brianna Lincoln 2005
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events White Faced Woman No. 2 $118.5M 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Carrie $34.2M 2004
No Score Yet Bug Actor 2002
46% Orange County Mona $41.1M 2002
74% Songcatcher Elna $1.7M 2001
61% The Anniversary Party Clair Forsyth $3M 2001
82% Wonder Boys Oola 2000
No Score Yet A Texas Funeral Mary Joan 2000
56% Mumford Dr. Sheeler 1999
81% Happiness Joy Jordan 1998
20% Day at the Beach Actor 1998
33% Music From Another Room Irene 1997
63% Kansas City Nettie Bolt 1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II Dr. Eisenberg 1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) Ruth Hale 1994
22% I Love Trouble Evans 1994
87% Light Sleeper Randy 1992
50% Vital Signs Suzanne Maloney 1990
No Score Yet Bombs Away Actor 1985
No Score Yet Batman and Robin Vicki Vale 1949
56% House of Dracula Nina 1945


90% Easy
  • 2016
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Belinda Goff
  • 2014
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2012
71% Hung
Tanya Skagle
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
91% House
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Sylvia Campbell
  • 2003
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
Reeva Baines Eidenberg Reeva
  • 2001
No Score Yet Night Visions
  • 2001
94% Frasier
Guest Mel Dr. Mel Karnofsky
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 1999
No Score Yet Family Ties
Marty Andrea
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Hung
Tanya Skagle
No Score Yet Superdotado
Tanya Skagle


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