Jane Adams Biography (1965-)

Born April 1, 1965, in Washington, DC; daughter of William (an engineer) andJanice (an administrative assistant) Adams. Addresses: Agent: Brian Mann, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA90211.; Manager: Peg Donegan, Framework Entertainment, 9057 Nemo St., SuiteC, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Birth Details
April 1, 1965
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Bombs Away, 1985
  • Suzanne Maloney, Vital Signs, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Randi Joseph, Light Sleeper, Fine Line, 1992
  • Evans, I Love Trouble, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Ruth Hale, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table), Fine Line, 1994
  • Dr. Megan Eisenberg, Father of the Bride Part II, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Nettie Bolt, Kansas City, Fine Line, 1996
  • Irene, Music from Another Room, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998
  • Joy Jordan, Happiness, Good Machine, 1998
  • Marie, Day at the Beach, 1998
  • Ruthie, A Fish in the Bathtub, Curb Entertainment, 1998
  • (Uncredited) Sydney Anne, You've Got Mail, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Dr. Phyllis Sheeler, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Oola, Wonder Boys (also known as Die Wonder Boys and Wonderboys--Lauter Wunderknaben), Paramount, 2000
  • Rebels with a Cause (documentary), Zeitgeist Films, 2000
  • Clair Forsyth, The Anniversary Party, Fine Line, 2001
  • Eleanor "Elna" Penleric, Songcatcher, Lions Gate Films, 2001
  • Mona, Orange County, Paramount, 2002
  • Carrie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Focus Features, 2004
  • Second white-faced woman, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (also known as Lemony Snicket), Paramount, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Karen Lukens Nichols, Relativity, ABC, 1996-1997
  • Dr. Melinda "Mel" Karnofsky Crane, a recurring role, Frasier, NBC,1999-2000
  • Reeva Baines Eidenberg, Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Sara Scott, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997
  • Movies
  • Meg Bradley, Rising Son, TNT, 1990
  • Mary Joan, A Texas Funeral, Starz!, 1999
  • Specials
  • Elly Robinson, "Taking a Stand," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1989
  • Michelle, Notes for My Daughter, ABC, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Charlotte Rose Cantrell, "Deliver Us from Goodness," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1986
  • First love, "Dear Mallory," Family Ties, NBC, 1989
  • Marty Brody, "They Can't Take That Away from Me: Parts 1 & 2," Family Ties, NBC, 1989
  • Beth, "Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story" (also known as "Dead Drunk"),Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1993
  • Mona Bailey, "What Will the Neighbors Think?," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999
  • Amanda, "The Doghouse," Night Visions, Fox, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Mother of dead baby, "Milfay," Carnivale, HBO, 2003
  • Sylvia Campbell, "The Gift," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2003
  • Appeared in an episode of All Together Now.
  • Pilots
  • Ruth, From Where I Sit, CBS, 2000
  • Reeva Baines Eidenberg, Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Tippy Blite, The Nice and the Nasty, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Opal, "Mutterschaft," The 1990 Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1990
  • Deidre McDavey, I Hate Hamlet, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City,1991
  • Mary Warren, The Crucible, National Actors Theatre, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991-1992
  • Sheila Birling, An Inspector Calls, Royale Theatre, New York City,1994-1995
  • Brave New World (benefit performance), Town Hall Theatre, New YorkCity, 2002
  • Rose Arnott, Enchanted April, Belasco Theatre, 2003
  • Lisa Davis, Match, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Appeared in Greetings from Elsewhere, Cabaret, Love Diatribe, and The Nice and the Nasty, all Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA; Candide/Len Jenkin, Pioneer Square Theatre; Careless Love, Empty Space Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, La Jolla Playhouse,La Jolla, CA; Psychoneurotic Phantasies, off-Broadway production; Talking With, Group Theatre; and Our Town.

Further Reference


    • Interview, April, 1999
    • London Evening Standard, April 19, 1999
    • Out, December, 2000, pp. 44, 46

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