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Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in films following a towering Broadway success, Jane went... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Kramer vs. Kramer Margaret Phelps
The Ring Dr. Grasnik
The Great White Hope Eleanor Backman


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  Brooklyn Animal Control (TV Series) (completed)
Den Mother Vilhelmiina
- Episode #1.1 ... Den Mother Vilhelmiina
 2018 Christmas Around the Corner (TV Movie) (completed)
Mrs. Tumulty
 2017-2018 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Judge Suzanne Morris
- Day 485 (2018) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
- The Schtup List (2017) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
 2017 Three Christs
Dr. Abraham
 2014-2016 Elementary (TV Series)
- Worth Several Cities (2016) ... C.
- Dead Clade Walking (2014) ... C.
 2015 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Parthy Hawks
- Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat (2015) ... Parthy Hawks
 2011-2015 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge Suzanne Morris
- Wanna Partner? (2015) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
- Tying the Knot (2014) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
- Battle of the Proxies (2012) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
- Closing Arguments (2011) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
- Silly Season (2011) ... Judge Suzanne Morris
 2015 Forever (TV Series)
Nora Morgan
- Social Engineering (2015) ... Nora Morgan
 2015 The Book of Negroes (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Maria
 2014 The Divide (TV Series)
- And the Little Ones Get Caught (2014) ... Elizabeth
- I'm for Justice (2014) ... Elizabeth
 2013-2014 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Diane Fowler
- The Cyprus Agency (No. 64) (2014) ... Diane Fowler
- The Good Samaritan (No. 106) (2014) ... Diane Fowler
- Anslo Garrick (No. 16): Conclusion (2013) ... Diane Fowler
- The Freelancer (No. 145) (2013) ... Diane Fowler
 2013 Forgive Me (TV Series)
- Lead Us Not Into Temptation (2013) ... Bookie
- Forgive Us Our Trespasses (2013) ... Bookie
- Thy Kingdom Come (2013) ... Bookie
- Who Art in Heaven (2013) ... Bookie
- Our Father (2013) ... Bookie
 2013 Last Love
Joan Morgan
 2011 Deck the Halls (TV Movie)
Nora Regan Reilly
 2011 Dream House
Dr. Greeley
 2011 William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (TV Movie)
HM Queen Elizabeth II
 2008-2011 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator / Ednah Cheney
- John Muir in the New World (2011) ... Narrator
 2009 Terminator Salvation
 2009 The Unborn
Sofi Kozma
 2008 Gigantic
Barbara Weathersby
 2007 Tell Me You Love Me (TV Series)
Dr. May Foster
- Episode #1.10 (2007) ... Dr. May Foster
- Episode #1.9 (2007) ... Dr. May Foster
- Episode #1.8 (2007) ... Dr. May Foster
- Episode #1.7 (2007) ... Dr. May Foster
- Episode #1.6 (2007) ... Dr. May Foster
 2007 Feast of Love
Esther Stevenson
 2006 The Way (TV Movie)
Helen Warden
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Sara Delano Roosevelt
 2004 Carry Me Home (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gortimer
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Jane Addams
- Yearning to Breathe Free (2003) ... Jane Addams (voice)
 2002 The Ring
Dr. Grasnik
 2002 Sunshine State
Delia Temple
 2001 Bitter Winter (TV Movie)
 2001 Jenifer (TV Movie)
Marilyn Estess
 2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Regina Mulroney
- Entitled (2000) ... Regina Mulroney
 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Regina Mulroney
- Entitled (2000) ... Regina Mulroney
 1999 The Cider House Rules
Nurse Edna
 1993 New Year (TV Movie)
Elsie Robertson
 1992 Stay the Night (TV Movie)
Blanche Kettman
 1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (TV Movie)
Georgia O'Keeffe
 1990 Daughter of the Streets (TV Movie)
Peggy Ryan
 1989 Glory
Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw (uncredited)
 1988 An American Place
Georgia O'Keeffe
 1988 Open Admissions (TV Movie)
Ginny Carlsen
 1988 A Friendship in Vienna (TV Movie)
Hannah Dournenvald
 1987 In Love and War (TV Movie)
Sybil Stockdale
 1987 Sweet Country
 1987 Square Dance
 1986 Blood & Orchids (TV Movie)
Doris Ashley
 1985 Malice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Hedda Hopper
 1984 City Heat
 1984 Calamity Jane (TV Movie)
Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary)
 1984 When She Says No (TV Movie)
Nora Strangis
 1983 Testament
Carol Wetherly
 1982 In the Custody of Strangers (TV Movie)
Sandy Caldwell
 1982 Kennedy's Children (TV Movie)
 1982 Night Crossing
Doris Strelzyk
 1981 Dear Liar (TV Movie)
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
 1980 Playing for Time (TV Movie)
Alma Rose
 1980 Brubaker
Lillian Gray
 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Margaret Phelps
 1978 Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (TV Movie)
Mary MacCracken
 1978 A Question of Love (TV Movie)
Barbara Moreland
 1978 The Betsy
Alicia Hardeman
 1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (TV Movie)
Eleanor Roosevelt
 1977 A Circle of Children (TV Movie)
Mary MacCracken
 1976 Eleanor and Franklin (TV Series)
Eleanor Roosevelt, age 18-60
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Eleanor Roosevelt, age 18-60
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... Eleanor Roosevelt, age 18-60
 1976 All the President's Men
 1975 Death Be Not Proud (TV Movie)
Frances Gunther
 1974 This Is the West That Was (TV Movie)
Sarah Shaw
 1973 Miracle on 34th Street (TV Movie)
Karen Walker
 1972 The New Centurions
 1972 Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (TV Movie)
Anne Palmer
 1971 A Gunfight
Nora Tenneray
 1970 The Great White Hope
Eleanor Backman
 1969 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Records Clerk
- Log 112: You Blew It (1969) ... Records Clerk (uncredited)
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Night Watch (1969)
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Appeared in Broadway play "The Visit", for which she was nominated for a Tony award. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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You have to have the ability to persevere, to get knocked down and get back up again. Just talent isn't enough. See more »


One of only a few performers to receive an Oscar-nomination for their movie debut, as Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Great White Hope (1970), and one of even fewer performers to receive an Oscar-nomination the same role in which they had already received Broadway's Tony-award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great White Hope" (1969), on stage, one year earlier. See more »

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