Jane Alexander Bio, Age, Education, Net Worth, Marriages, Children, Career, Books, Movies, TV Shows

Jane Alexander Bio

Jane Alexander is an American author, actress, and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award, winner. She was born on October 28, 1939, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Alexander made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Great White Hope and won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Other Broadway credits include, 6 Rms Riv Vu (1972), The Night of the Iguana (1988), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993) and Honour (1998). She has received a total of seven Tony Award nominations and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994.

She went on to star in the film version of The Great White Hope in 1970 and received the first of four Academy Award nominations for her performance. Her subsequent Oscar nominations were for All the President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Testament (1983). An eight-time Emmy nominee.

She received her first nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin (1976), a role that required her to age from 18 to 60. She has won two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Playing for Time (1980) and Warm Springs (2005).

Jane Alexander Age

She is 79 years old as of 2019, having been born on October 28, 1939, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S, where she grew up in her teenage life and developed an interest in Art and acting.

Jane Alexander Height and Weight

She stands tall at an estimated height of about 5 feet 7.5 inches tall, which is almost to the standard of America acting women and a weight of about 140 pounds.

Jane Alexander Education

She graduated from Beaver Country Day School, an all-girls school in Chestnut Hill outside of Boston, where she discovered her love of acting.

Encouraged by her father to go to college before embarking on an acting career, Alexander attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she concentrated on theater, but also studied mathematics with an eye toward computer programming, in the event that she failed as an actress

Alexander spent her junior year studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she participated in the Edinburgh University Dramatic Society.

Jane Alexander Family

Alexander with a birth name of Jane Quigley in Boston, Massachusetts, she is a daughter of Ruth Elizabeth Pearson, a nurse, and Thomas B. Quigley, an orthopedic surgeon.

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Jane Alexander Net Worth

Having been famous from the 60s when she enrolled in her acting career, she has been growing in worth an annual salary, currently, her net is still interview but it could be ranging from $100K-1M.

Jane Alexander Husband/ Marriages

She dated her boyfriend Robert Alexander whom she met in early 1960 in New York City. They both were pursuing an acting career when they met. The couple decided to get married in 1962.

This couple shares a son as their children whose name is Jace Alexander who was born in 1964. But sadly this couple could not last long and they got divorced in 1974 shortly after more than a decade. Then she started dating Edwin Sherin who is a producer/director whom she met in Washington, D.C. where he was Artistic Director at Arena Stage.

This couple decided to get married in 1975. They share four children, one of Jane Alexander whose name is Jace and three of Edwin Sherin and their names are Tony, Geoffrey, and Jon. So she had two spouses. Since she was always linked up with the man and is married to a man, there is no possibility of her being a lesbian and ever having a girlfriend. Since she is happily married to her husband, there is no chance of extramarital affairs.

Jane Alexander Children

She had her first son by the name Jace Alexander from her first marriage. Then later divorce she got another husband whom they shared with four children namely Tony, Geoffrey and Jon.

Jane Alexander Career

Alexander began shinning in acting came in 1967 when she played Eleanor Backman in the original production of Howard Sackler’s The Great White Hope at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Like her co-star, James Earl Jones, she went on to play the part both on Broadway (1968), winning a Tony Award for her performance, and in the film version (1970), which earned her an Oscar nomination.

The play The Time of Your Life was revived in March 17, 1972, at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles with Alexander, Henry Fonda, Gloria Grahame, Lewis J. Stadlen, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Thompson, Strother Martin, Richard X. Slattery, and Pepper Martin among the cast with Edwin Sherin directing.

Alexander portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in two television productions, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977); she also played FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, in HBO’s Warm Springs (2005) with Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, a role which garnered her an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Alexander co-starred with Rachel Roberts in Steven Gether’s teleplay and production of A Circle of Children (1977), based on Mary MacCracken’s autobiographical book about emotionally disturbed children (with an emphasis on autism), which won Gether an Emmy. Alexander also starred in its sequel, Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (1978).

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Alexander’s name and picture.

Alexander’s other television films include Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time, co-starring Vanessa Redgrave, for which Alexander won another Emmy Award; Malice in Wonderland (as famed gossip-monger Hedda Hopper); Blood & Orchids; and In Love and War (1987) co-starring James Woods, which tells the story of James and Sybil Stockdale during Stockdale’s eight years as a US Navy Commander and prisoner of war in Vietnam. Alexander also played the protagonist, Dr. May Foster, in the HBO drama series Tell Me You Love Me. Her character, a psychotherapist, serves as the connecting link between three couples coping with relational and sexual difficulties. The show’s frank portrayal of “senior” sexuality and explicit sex scenes generated controversy, although it won a rare endorsement by the AARP. She also had a minor role as Dr. Graznik in The Ring.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Alexander chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, the organization that had provided partial funding for The Great White Hope at Arena Stage. Alexander moved to Washington, DC, and served as chair of the NEA until 1997. Her book, Command Performance: an Actress in the Theater of Politics (2000), describes the challenges she faced heading the NEA at a time when the 104th U.S. Congress, headed by Newt Gingrich, unsuccessfully strove to shut it down. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.

In 2004, Alexander, together with her husband, Edwin Sherin, joined the theater faculty at Florida State University. She serves on various boards, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the National Audubon Society, Project Greenhope, the National Stroke Association, and Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, and she has received the Israel Cultural Award and the Helen Caldicott Leadership Award. Alexander is also a fellow of the International Leadership Forum. In 2009 Alexander starred in Thom Thomas’s play A Moon to Dance By at The Pittsburgh Playhouse and at The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. It was directed by her husband, Edwin Sherin.

In 2016, Alexander voiced a role in the play New York Story by Mike Reiss, for Playing On Air, a nonprofit organization that “records short plays [for public radio and podcast] written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors.”

Jane Alexander Books

  • Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)
  • Photo-book: Photomontages
    The Smudging and Blessings Book:
    Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal
    Jane Alexander: On Being Human
  • Spirit of the Bedroom
  • Spirit of the Living Room
  • Spirit of the Nursery
  • The Holistic Therapy File: A Complete
    Guide to Over 80 Effective Treatments to
    Heal the Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Mind, Body, Spirit: A Complete Guide to
    Holistic Therapies for Achieving and
    Maintaining Optimum Health and
    Wellbeing
  • Rituals for Sacred Living
  • The Detox Plan for Body, Mind, and
    Spirit
  • Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous
    Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on
    Planet Earth
  • Spirit of the Home: How to Make Your
    Home a Sanctuary
  • The Weekend Healer: Essential Home
    Programs to Refresh Body, Mind and
    Spirit
  • Science power 10. Teacher’s Resource
    Binder
  • Sea of Dreams: The Lure of Port Phillip
    Bay 1830-1914
  • The Weekend Healer: More Than a
    Dozen 3-Day Plans to Relax, Relieve
    Stress, and Re-Energize
  • Supertherapies
  • Live Well: The Ayurvedic Way to Health
    and Inner Bliss
  • Wellbeing and Mindfulness: Holistic Therapies to Balance the Mind, Body and Spirit
  • The Five Minute Healer: A Busy Person’s
    Guide to Vitality and Energy All Day,
    Every Day
  • The Overload Solution
  • The Holistic Therapy File: The Complete Guide to Alternative Health Treatments
  • The Bluefish Cookbook: 101 Ways to Get Rid of the Blues
  • The Bluefish Cookbook: Includes New Low-calorie Recipes
  • Ho therapeutēs ton pente leptōn: henas hodēgos gia ta polyaschola atoma hōste na echoun zōtikotēta ki energeia holē mera, kathe mera
  • The Original Bluefish Cookbook: Delicious Ways to Deal with the Blues
  • Detox Plan: Clearing Your Body, Mind and Emotions

Jane Alexander Movies

  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • All the President’s Men
  • Testament 1983
  • The Great White Hope 1970
  • The Ring
  • Brubaker 1980
  • The Cider House Rules
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Playing for Time 1980
  • Feast of Love 2007
  • Warm Springs (film)
  • City Heat 1984
  • The Unborn 2009
  • Eleanor and Franklin
  • Dream House 2011
  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House
    Years
  • Mr. Morgan’s Last Love
  • Sunshine State 2002
  • The New Centurions
  • Malice in Wonderland 1985
  • A Gunfight 1971
  • William & Catherine: A Royal Romance
  • Night Crossing 1982
  • Square Dance 1987
  • The Betsy 1978
  • Gigantic 2008
  • Calamity Jane 1984
  • In Love and War 1987
  • Sweet Country 1987
  • In the Custody of Strangers
  • A Friendship in Vienna
  • A Circle of Children
  • Blood and Orchids
  • carry me home 2004

Jane Alexander TV Shows

  • Eleanor and Franklin
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House
    Years
  • Playing for Time 1980
  • Malice in Wonderland 1985
  • Blood and Orchids
  • Elisa di Rivombrosa
  • Tell Me You Love Me (TV series)
  • Forgive Me (TV series)
  • The Book of Negroes