Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander

  • Highest Rated: 93% Glory (1989)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Dream House (2011)
  • Birthday: Oct 28, 1939
  • 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

Box
Office

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 $21.4M 2011
No Score Yet William & Catherine: A Royal Romance Queen Elizabeth 2011
No Score Yet Deck the Halls Nora Regan Reilly 2011
33% Terminator Salvation Virginia $125.3M 2009
10% The Unborn Sofi Kozma $42.7M 2009
No Score Yet Betty Ford: The Real Deal Narrator 2009
40% Feast of Love Esther Stevenson $3.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Powder and the Glory Narrator 2007
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Gertrude Nemerov $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Warm Springs Sara Delano Roosevelt 2005
No Score Yet Carry Me Home Mrs. Gortimer 2004
71% The Ring Dr. Grasnik $128.6M 2002
No Score Yet Prendimi l'anima (The Soul Keeper) Emma Jung 2002
80% Sunshine State Delia Temple $2.9M 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
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
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
19% City Heat Addy 1984
No Score Yet Calamity Jane Calamity Jane Producer 1984
78% 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
91% 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

Year

95% Elementary
2012
C.
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Parthy
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Suzanne Morris Judge Morris
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
91% The Blacklist
2013
Producer
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator Ednah Cheney
  • 2011
  • 2009
62% Tell Me You Love Me
2007
Dr. May Foster
  • 2007
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2018
Appearing Host
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Regina Mulroney
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Regina Mulroney
  • 2000
100% The Book of Negroes
2015
Maria Witherspoon

QUOTES FROM Jane Alexander CHARACTERS

Ted Kramer
I came home to share with my wife one of the five best days of my life, and she tells me that she doesn't want to live with me anymore! Do you know what she's done?
Margaret Phelps
Yes, she loused up one of the five best days of your life.
Dr. Grasnik
It means ever since that girl's been gone, things have been better.
Dr. Grasnik
See, when you live on an island you catch a cold, it's everybody's cold.
Rachel Keller
No offense, ma'am, but what the hell does that mean?
Dr. Grasnik
It means ever since that girl's been gone, things have been better.
Dr. Grasnik
You don't want to hurt anyone.
Samara
But I do, and I'm sorry. It won't stop.