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Jane Kaczmarek (born December 21, 1955, in Greendale, Wisconsin) is an Emmy Award nominated American actress best known for playing the character Lois in Malcolm in the Middle. She lives in San Marino, CA.

On The Simpsons, Kaczmarek provides the voice of Judge Constance Harm.

AppearancesEdit

Career Edit

Kaczmarek, a Polish American, majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she met future actor Tony Shalhoub. She later enrolled in Yale University with Shalhoub for her graduate degree and was a part of its theater company. She has had several Broadway hits, including Lost In Yonkers and Raised In Captivity, where she won an LA Drama Critics’ Award.

Kaczmarek’s television work included being a series regular on Equal Justice, Hometown, Big Wave Dave’s and The Paper Chase: The Second Year. Her additional credits include recurring roles on Felicity, Party of Five, Frasier, The Practice, The Simpsons, Cybill and Hill Street Blues.

She has also appeared in several movies, including the 1998 film Pleasantville, as Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon’s “real-world” mother.

Malcolm in the Middle Edit

In the year 2000, Kaczmarek was cast to play the mother, Lois in the FOX mid-season replacement, Malcolm in the Middle.

This role proved to be a wise career choice for Kaczmarek, as the show was a hit and made Lois a household name. TV Guide dubbed her a “true breakout; a female Homer Simpson”, and critics hailed her for her comic talents. Later, Kaczmarek would credit the show for bringing out her comedic side, claiming, “[Before Malcolm] I couldn’t even get auditions for comedies. I played very unfunny people.”

Kaczmarek was nominated seven times for an Emmy for her performance on the show, one for every year. She also earned three Golden Globe nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, was honored with a Television Critics Association Award in 2000 and 2001, plus an American Comedy Award and a Family Television Award in 2001.

The show aired its series finale in May 2006. Kaczmarek, however, still guest stars on another FOX Show, The Simpsons, providing the voice of Judge Constance Harm (parody of Judge Judy). She also played a role in the short-lived ABC sitcom Help Me Help You, starring Ted Danson.

Personal life Edit

Kaczmarek married West Wing actor Bradley Whitford on August 15, 1992. They live in Los Angeles with their three children: Frances (born 1997), George (born December 23, 1999), and Mary Louisa (born November 25, 2002). Both are very active with charity, and are seen attending many major award shows together. She is the founder of “Clothes Off Our Back” which auctions celebrity clothing for children’s charities.

Kaczmarek underwent a hip replacement in April 2004, due to chronic arthritis.[1] She recovered quickly, and used an X-ray of her new hip for her Emmy campaign the following summer, advertising herself as "the only Emmy nominee with an artificial hip (except for Anthony LaPaglia)."[2]

In 2006, Kaczmarek and Malcolm in the Middle co-star Erik Per Sullivan contributed the afterword for the children’s book, Together, that shows the importance of livestock in the world, and was inspired by the mission of the nonprofit charitable organization, Heifer International.

Salary Edit

  • Malcolm in the Middle (2000): $100,000 per episode 2002-2003

Awards & Nominations Edit

Golden Globe Awards:

    • 2001 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2002 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2003 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Emmy Awards:

    • 2000 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2001 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2006 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

    • 2001 - Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2003 - Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Satellite Awards:

    • 2002 - Best Performance By An Actress In A Series Comedy Or Musical - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
    • 2004 - Best Performance By An Actress In A Series Comedy Or Musical - Malcolm In The Middle (WIN)
Guest stars in Season 13

Pierce BrosnanOlympia DukakisCarmen ElectraRichard GereJess HarnellJohn KassirStan LeeDelroy LindoJames LiptonJulia Louis-DreyfusPaul NewmanJudith OwenMatthew PerryPhishRobert PinskyWolfgang PuckR.E.M.Bill SalugaFrances SternhagenBen StillerGeorge TakeiDennis WeaverReese Witherspoon

Guest stars in Season 14

Baha MenTony BennettBlink-182James L. BrooksJackson BrowneSteve BuscemiDavid ByrneElvis CostelloHelen FieldingElliott GouldTerry W. GreeneTony HawkLarry HolmesEric IdleMick JaggerJohn KassirLenny KravitzStacy KeachDavid L. LanderLisa LeslieTom PettyGeorge PlimptonPamela ReedLittle RichardKeith RichardsBen SchatzAndy SerkisBrian SetzerJonathan Taylor ThomasScott ThompsonMarisa TomeiBurt WardAdam West"Weird Al" Yankovic

Guest stars in Season 15

Nick BakayTony BlairTom ClancyGlenn CloseBrave ComboSimon CowellWilliam DanielsOscar De La HoyaJennifer GarnerSarah Michelle GellarMatt GroeningDudley HerscbachJane LeevesJerry LewisEvan MarriotJackie MasonIan McKellenMichael MooreCharles NapierNichelle NicholsAshley OlsenMary-Kate OlsenThomas PynchonJ. K. RowlingIsabel SanfordMr. TDick Tufeld

Guest stars in Season 16

50 CentBaha MenFantasia BarrinoJason BatemanTom BradyGary BuseyJames CaanKim CattrallJohn DiMaggioFrank GehryDana GouldTerry W. GreeneStephen HawkingEric IdleLeBron JamesMichelle KwanLos LobosLucy LiuYao MingCharles NapierLiam NeesonAmy PoehlerThomas PynchonRay RomanoWarren SappRobert Wagner

Guest stars in Season 18
Peter BogdanovichMichael ChabonAndy DickFran DrescherJonathan FranzenRudy GiulianiStephen HawkingEric IdleMichael ImperioliRichard LewisLudacrisDr. Phil McGrawMetallicaJoe PantolianoJames PattersonNatalie PortmanMary Lynn RajskubRonaldoMeg RyanSab ShimonoJ.K. SimmonsSir-Mix-A-LotStephen SondheimElvis StojkoKiefer SutherlandGore VidalBetty WhiteJack WhiteMeg WhiteTom Wolfe
Guest stars in Season 21

Mitch AlbomAngela BassettWren T. BrownNeve CampbellKim CattrallSacha Baron CohenBob CostasSimon CowellEllen DeGeneresKara DioGuardiAnne HathawayJonah HillEddie IzzardRandy JacksonEartha KittGary LarsonChuck LiddellCooper ManningEli ManningPeyton ManningChris MartinJackie MasonJordan NagaiYael NaimSeth RogenRyan SeacrestSarah SilvermanSmothers Brothers

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Cast and Crew
Starring
Dan Castellaneta | Julie Kavner | Nancy Cartwright | Yeardley Smith | Hank Azaria | Harry Shearer
Also Starring
Pamela Hayden | Tress MacNeille | Maggie Roswell | Russi Taylor | Karl Wiedergott | Christopher Collins | Doris Grau | Jo Ann Harris | Marcia Mitzman Gaven
Special Guest Voices
Kelsey Grammer | Maurice LaMarche | Joe Mantegna | Marcia Wallace | Greg Berg | Albert Brooks | Phil Hartman | Jan Hooks | Jane Kaczmarek | Jon Lovitz | Frank Welker

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