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Jane Alexander

Highest Rated:   93% Glory (1989)
Lowest Rated:   6% Dream House (2011)
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Birthplace:   Boston, Massachusetts, USA
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence University and the University of Edinburgh, American actress Jane Alexander first gained national fame for her Tony-winning performance in the 1965 Broadway play The Great White Hope. She repeated her portrayal of the white mistress of a turn-of-century black heavyweight boxing champ (played by James Earl Jones) for the 1969 film version of Hope, which served as her film debut and earned her an Oscar nomination. The actress' subsequent theatrical-feature appearances have often been short in duration, but long on dramatic impact: most memorable was her single scene as a terrified Republican party bookkeeper ("If you can get Mitchell, that would be great!") in All the President's Men (1976). Alexander made the first of two TV-special appearances as Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin, telecast in two parts on January 11 and 12, 1976; this was followed by Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (March 13,1977). While she surprisingly did not win an Emmy for either of these superlative performances, she finally attained the award for her supporting appearance in 1981's Playing for Time. Her best-remembered television appearance was as the California housewife faced with the enormity of a nearby nuclear attack in Testament (1983), which was slated for PBS' American Playhouse, then redirected for a theatrical premiere -- a move that enabled Alexander to receive her third Oscar nomination (the second was for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer). On a lighter note, the actress was hilariously outre as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the TV biopic Malice in Wonderland (1989). Well known for her diplomacy and her espousal of liberal causes, Alexander found herself in the position to exercise both of these traits when, in 1993, she was appointed chairperson of the beleaguered National Endowment for the Arts.Alexander would remain as active as ever over the coming decades, appearing most notably in films like The Cider House Rules, The Ring, Feast of Love, and Dream House, and on TV series like The Good Wife.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
31% Last Love
  • Joan Morgan
2013
No Score Yet La leggenda del Titanic (The Legend of the Titanic)
  • Actor
2012
6% Dream House
  • Dr. Greeley
2011
No Score Yet Deck the Halls
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet William & Catherine: A Royal Romance
  • Queen Elizabeth
2011
33% Terminator Salvation
  • Virginia
2009
10% The Unborn
  • Sofi Kozma
2009
No Score Yet Betty Ford: The Real Deal
  • Narrator
2009
39% Feast of Love
  • Esther Stevenson
2007
No Score Yet The Powder and the Glory
  • Narrator
2007
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • Gertrude Nemerov
2006
No Score Yet Warm Springs
  • Sara Delano Roosevelt
2005
No Score Yet Carry Me Home
  • Mrs. Gortimer
2004
71% The Ring
  • Dr. Grasnik
2002
No Score Yet Prendimi l'anima (The Soul Keeper)
  • Emma Jung
2002
80% Sunshine State
  • Delia Temple
2002
No Score Yet Jenifer (The Jenifer Estess Story)
  • Marilyn Estess
2001
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Nurse Edna
1999
No Score Yet Buck and the Magic Bracelet
  • Susan
1999
No Score Yet Intimate Portrait - Jane Alexander
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Audubon Video - Sea Turtles: Ancient Nomads
  • Actor
1997
75% The Star Maker (L'uomo delle stelle)
  • Princess
1995
No Score Yet Building Bombs
  • Narrator
1991
No Score Yet In Love and War
  • Sybil Stockdale
1991
No Score Yet Drug Free Kids
  • Actor
1991
93% Glory
  • Shaw's Mother
1989
No Score Yet A Friendship in Vienna
  • Anna Dournenvald
1988
No Score Yet Sweet Country
  • Anna
1987
31% Square Dance
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Juanelle
1987
No Score Yet Malice in Wonderland
  • Hedda Hopper
1985
No Score Yet Rumor Mill
  • Actor
1985
21% City Heat
  • Addy
1984
No Score Yet Calamity Jane
  • Calamity Jane
  • Producer
1984
86% Testament
  • Carol Wetherly
1983
No Score Yet In the Custody of Strangers
  • Sandy Caldwell
1982
No Score Yet Night Crossing
  • Doris Strelzyk
1982
75% Brubaker
  • Lillian Gray
1980
No Score Yet Playing for Time
  • Alma Rose
1980
88% Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Margaret Phelps
1979
No Score Yet The Betsy
  • Alicia Hardeman
1978
No Score Yet A Question of Love
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
1977
93% All the President's Men
  • Bookkeeper
1976
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
1976
No Score Yet Death Be Not Proud
  • Frances Gunther
1975
No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street
  • Karen Walker
1973
No Score Yet The New Centurions
  • Dorothy Fehler
1972
No Score Yet Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol
  • Anne Palmer
1972
No Score Yet A Gunfight
  • Nora
1971
43% The Great White Hope
  • Eleanor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
100% The Book of Negroes
2015
  • Maria Witherspoon
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Ednah Cheney
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Parthy
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Regina Mulroney
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2016
  • Host
  • Appearing
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Suzanne Morris Judge Morris
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Regina Mulroney
95% Elementary
2012
  • C.
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Producer

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