Jane Curtin
  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  September 06, 1947

Jane Curtin is a comedian and actress. She first rose to prominence as an original cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in 1975 and won back-to-back Emmys for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on the 1980s sitcom “Kate & Allie” playing the role of Allison “Allie” Lowell. She later starred in the hit series “3rdd Rock from the Sun,” playing the role of Dr. Mary Albright. She’s also appeared in numerous movie roles, including Charlene in “The Librarian” movie series.

She reprised one of her “Saturday Night Live” characters, Prymaat Conehead, in the 1993 movie “Coneheads.” She’s sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Deadpan,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer  once called her a “refreshing drop of acid.” She was included on a 1986 list of the “Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time.” Curtin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second of three children born to Mary Constance and John Joseph Curtin. She has one younger brother, Larry, and an older brother, John, who passed away in 2008.

She graduated from Newtown Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1965 and earned an associate degree from Elizabeth Seton Junior College in New York City in the class of 1967. Then, she attended Northeastern University from 1967 to 1969 before dropping out of college to pursue a career in comedy. Curtin has served as a U.S. Committee National Ambassador for UNICEF. After dropping out of college to pursue comedy, she joined a comedy group, The Proposition, and performed with them until 1972. She starred in “Pretzels,” an off-Broadway play written by Curtin, Judith Kahan, Fred Grandy, and John Forster in 1974.

One of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players of NBC’s “Saturday Night Light,” Curtin stayed on the show through the 1979-1980 season. Guest host Eric Idle said that Curtin was “very much a ‘Let’s come in, let’s know our lines, let’s do it properly, and go.’ She was very sensible, very focused, and disliked the drug culture in which many of the cast participated.” Show writer Al Franken said she was “so steady and had a really strong moral center, and as such as disgusted by much of the show and the people around it.”

What religion is Jane Curtin?

Jane Curtin grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in a large Irish-Catholic family. Her upbringing instilled in her a strong work ethic and a sense of humor, which would come in handy in her acting career. As she was a practicing Catholic and married during her time on “Saturday Night Live,” she didn’t participate in the notorious backstage party scene at SNL.

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