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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 October 1968Parsippany, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJane Krajkowski
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, to Barbara (Benoit), a college theater instructor, and Ed Krajkowski, a chemical engineer. Her father's family is Polish.

Jane was the winner of the 2003 Tony Award for her stunning and sultry portrayal of "Carla", in the Broadway musical "Nine", opposite Antonio Banderas. Her performance also earned her the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critic's Award. Krakowski also stars in Alfie (2004), the remake of the famous 1966 film, alongside Jude Law. She has signed on to play Liza Minnelli in "Simply Halston", the biopic of the famous designer, who will be played by Alec Baldwin. Krakowski recently filmed Pretty Persuasion (2005) starring Evan Rachel Wood and James Woods. Other recent film credits include When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003), Go (1999), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) as "Betty Rubble", Dance with Me (1998), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), Stepping Out (1991), Fatal Attraction (1987) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). For television, Jane received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her portrayal of "Elaine Vassal" on Ally McBeal (1997).

She also stars in NBC's remake of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004), opposite Kelsey Grammer. Other recent television credits include: Law & Order (1990), Everwood (2002), the ABC family movie Just a Walk in the Park (2002), and the miniseries, Queen (1993) (aka Alex Haley's "Queen"). Other Broadway credits include "Grand Hotel" (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee), "Company", "Once Upon a Mattress", "Tartuffe" and "Starlight Express". In Los Angeles, California, she starred at the Mark Taper Forum in "Henceforward", for which she won the LA Drama Critics Award and the Dramalogue Awards, and played "Mabel" in the Reprise production of "Mack and Mabel". In addition to singing on several original Broadway cast recordings of shows in which she appeared, and the Ally McBeal (1997) Christmas episode compilation CDs, Krakowski also recorded the hit single track "You" with A/C hitman Jim Brickman on his recent album "Lovesongs and Lullabies".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Trivia (20)

Jane was the original choice for Judy in Sleepaway Camp (1983), but turned it down because her death was too violent.
Won Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Carla in the revival "Nine: The Musical". She had previously been nominated in the same category in 1990 for "Grand Hotel, the Musical".
The first time she performed her famous anti-gravity stunt in "Nine: The Musical", was in front of an audience during the show's first preview performance.
Won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (as Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls").
Daughter of a teacher mother and a engineer father. They were both active in the New Jersey theater.
Learned to skate for the Broadway musical, "Starlight Express". She stills skates.
She learned how to perform on skates for her appearance in the rollerskating musical "Starlight Express" when she was a teenager. She kept the practice up and Tina Fey, who knew about it, wrote some skating scenes in for Jane in an episode of 30 Rock (2006).
Was encouraged to perform by her father, an engineer, and her mother, a teacher.
Attended Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts where she first met her future Ally McBeal (1997) co-star Calista Flockhart.
Her father's name is Ed Krajkowski; he is a chemical engineer. Her father's family is Polish. Jane dropped the "j" from the family last name when she began working as an actress, as people kept trying to pronounce the letter even though it is considered silent by her. However, it is not silent in the Polish language from which the name Krajkowski originates. 'J' in Polish is always pronounced like 'y' in English words, so in Polish the name spelled Krajkowski would be pronounced the same as English speaking people would pronounce the name spelled Kraykovski (in Polish 'w' is pronounced like 'v', hence the change of w to v).
Engaged to clothing-designer Robert Godley [January 6, 2010].
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Spokeswoman for Trop50.
Announced she is expecting her first child with fiancé Robert Godley. [January 2011].
Gave birth to her son Bennett Robert Godley, with fiancé Robert Godley, in New York City, weighing in at 7lbs 12oz [April 13, 2011].
Was 8 months pregnant with her son Bennett when she took maternity leave from filming 30 Rock (2006).
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her son Bennett to resume filming 30 Rock (2006).
Lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Starring on Broadway opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical "Nine". [April 2003]
Starring in the West End opposite Ewan McGregor in the musical "Guys and Dolls". [May 2005]

Personal Quotes (4)

I've never felt anything so exciting as when this unanimous gasp came from the audience. That's why I love doing live theater more than anything: You get an immediate reaction, whether it's good or bad.
On paper, "Once Upon a Mattress" looked good. Sarah Jessica Parker and the director and the designers -- everyone involved was reputable and had had huge successes in the past. What's odd to me is that I could tell from the first day of rehearsal that it was not going to be right; I hoped it would find its way, but I don't think it ever really did.
I was one of those people who watched and videotaped the Tonys every year and kept a highlight reel every year. I saw every Broadway show as a kid. Basically, I would sit there in the audience and go, "I wish I could do that one day." The fact that I even get in Broadway shows is, to me, still amazing, but then to win a Tony was just incredible.
[on havIng a baby] I learned so much, except how painful labor really is. When I went into real labor, I was like: 'Are you kidding me? I worked at a woman-dominated show, and none of you told me it was going to be like this.'

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