Award-winning actress Jane Adams was born on April 1, 1965 in Washington, D.C. Raised in many points across the country, she went on to study political science at the University of Washington, before moving to the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she majored in theater. Finally, in 1989, she graduated from the Juilliard School in New York with a drama degree.
Adams first honed her craft with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, before seeking to build a name on Broadway. In 1994, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, for her role in An Inspector Calls. The same performance also earned her a Drama Desk Award. She also won an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in another play, I Hate Hamlet.
Adams also had an active career acting for the screen, making her film debut in 1985. Some of her films attracted critical success: 1998’s Happiness, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and 2001’s Songcatcher, which won the Special Jury Prize in that year’s Sundance Film Festival. She also held roles in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Adams also held prominent roles in television. She held recurring roles in Family Ties and Relativity, but her most memorable television role was probably in the comedy Frasier. There, she played plastic surgeon Mel Karnofsky, who was Niles’ (David Hyde Pearce) wife until things went awry and her neurotic side came out. She appeared in eleven episodes in the seventh season. Her first regular television role is in the upcoming HBO series, Hung.