A four-time Oscar® nominee for the films “Testament,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “All The President’s Men” and “The Great White Hope,” Jane Alexander has appeared in over 55 screen roles, including “Brubaker,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Sunshine State,” “Feast of Love” and “Terminator Salvation.” Alexander has narrated dozens of books and voiceovers and is a screenwriter and producer as well as an actress.
On television, Alexander won Emmy® Awards for “Playing For Time” and “Warm Springs” and a Television Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in “Eleanor And Franklin: The White House Years.” Other nominations and awards include those for her roles in “Calamity Jane,” “Malice In Wonderland” and “A Marriage: O’Keeffe and Stieglitz,” which she also produced for PBS. Alexander co-starred in the HBO series “Tell Me You Love Me.”
Alexander’s distinguished stage career has taken her from Broadway to London’s West End, and in regional theaters from Atlanta to Los Angeles. She has performed in more than 100 plays, among them her Tony® winning role in "The Great White Hope" and Tony® nominated roles in "The Sisters Rosensweig," "Find Your Way Home" and Bob Randall’s "6 RMS RIV VU."
Alexander has been honored with numerous awards, including the Obie, Drama League, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, just to mention a few. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. She was most recently seen on stage in "Chasing Manet," "The Breath Of Life" and "A Moon To Dance By" and completed filming of the movie “Dreamhouse.”
In 1994, President Clinton appointed Alexander as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Senate unanimously confirmed her. She held the position for four years successfully battling to save the agency from elimination. Her book "Command Performance: An Actress In The Theatre Of Politics" documents her tenure. Alexander continues her public service as a Commissioner of Parks for the Taconic Region of New York.