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Jane Frances Kaczmarek (/kæzˈmærək/; born December 21, 1955) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character of Lois on the television series Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
(2000–06). Kaczmarek is a three-time Golden Globe and seven-time Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominee.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Malcolm in the Middle 2.2 Post-Malcolm

3 Personal life 4 Awards and nominations 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Kaczmarek was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Evelyn (née Gregorska), a teacher, and Edward Kaczmarek, a US Department of Defense worker.[1][2][3] Of Polish ancestry,[4] she grew up in Greendale, where she was raised a Roman Catholic.[5] She majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison
and later attended graduate school at the Yale School of Drama, where she was a part of its theater company. Career[edit] In 1998, Kaczmarek was cast as David and Jennifer's mother in the movie Pleasantville. She has had several Broadway hits, including Lost in Yonkers and Raised in Captivity, where she won an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. Her first television role was that of Margie Spoletto on For Lovers Only (1982). One of her first notable appearances was in the famous 1984 movie Falling in Love, starring Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
and Robert De Niro, playing the role of Ann Raftis, De Niro's character's wife. She also played a role in The Heavenly Kid
The Heavenly Kid
in 1985 as Emily.

Kaczmarek attends an event at the Griffith Observatory to honor Air Force members during Air Force Week Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2008

Kaczmarek has also appeared in over 40 television roles, the most notable including:

Nurse Sandy Burns on St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
(1982). Connie Lehman in The Paper Chase: The Second Year (1983–1984). Mrs. Hall, a school guidance counselor, in Something About Amelia
Something About Amelia
an ABC made for TV movie (1984) Mary Newell Abbott on Hometown (1985), a comedy/drama on CBS directly adapted from the 1983 hit movie The Big Chill. Linda Bauer, a lawyer, on the ABC legal drama Equal Justice (1990–1991). Maureen Cutler, girlfriend of Martin Crane (John Mahoney) on Frasier in "Police Story" (052–1996) and "Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine" (082–1997). Janet Rudman on Law & Order in "Censure" (414–1994). Carol Anderson, biological mother of Julie Emrick on Felicity in 5 episodes (1999–2000). Holly in five episodes of Cybill
Cybill
(1996–1997). Helene Thompson in three episodes of Party of Five
Party of Five
(1995–1999). Lois, mother of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), Reese (Justin Berfield), Francis (Christopher Masterson), Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), and baby Jamie, and wife of Hal (Bryan Cranston) in 148 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle from 2000–2006. Trudy Kessler, Courtroom Judge in 25 episodes of Raising the Bar from 2008–2009. The voice of Judge Constance Harm, the strict cruel judge of Springfield Courthouse, in eight episodes of The Simpsons
The Simpsons
from 2001 to 2010, namely "The Parent Rap", "Brawl in the Family", "Barting Over", "Brake My Wife, Please", "The Wandering Juvie", "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", "Rome-old and Juli-eh", and recently "Chief of Hearts". Mrs. Armwood, Frankie Heck's dental teacher in The Middle. Dr. Gallo, psychiatrist in The Big Bang Theory

Malcolm in the Middle[edit] In 2000, Kaczmarek was cast to play Lois Wilkerson
Lois Wilkerson
in the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.[6] TV Guide
TV Guide
dubbed her role in the series as a "true breakout; a female Homer Simpson", and critics hailed her for her comic talents.[7] 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."[8] For her performance as Lois, Kaczmarek was nominated for seven Emmy
Emmy
Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series, holding the record of receiving the most Emmy
Emmy
nominations in this category without ever winning. She also earned three Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
nominations, and garnered two Television Critics' Association Awards and the American Comedy Award and Family Television
Television
Award in 2001. Post-Malcolm[edit] Following the end of Malcolm in the Middle, Kaczmarek went on to star in the short-lived series Help Me Help You co-starring Ted Danson. She starred in the short-lived TNT series Raising the Bar as Judge Trudy Kessler. She also continues to voice Judge Constance Harm
Judge Constance Harm
on several Simpsons episodes. On November 19, 2009, Kaczmarek played against Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen
and Robin Quivers in the Jeopardy! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational, on which she won $50,000 for a charity. In 2010, she starred in the Lifetime Original Movie, Reviving Ophelia, which aired October 11, 2010, she starred as the mother of a 16-year-old girl who was in an abusive relationship. On July 22, 2011, it was confirmed that Kaczmarek will make a vocal appearance as Red Jessica in the television series Jake and the Never Land Pirates during its second season early 2012.[9] In 2011, she guest starred in the FX comedy Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood. Since 2011, she has appeared on Whitney as Whitney's mother. In April 2012, she appeared in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People as Margie. On November 2012, she made a guest appearance on ABC's The Middle as Frankie Heck's (Patricia Heaton) dental teacher. In 2013, Kaczmarek guest starred on NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit, as Suffolk County D.A. Pamela "Pam" James.[10] In 2013, Kaczmarek played the lead role of Ms. Liz, a third generation dairy woman in the feature film Lost on Purpose starring alongside C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill, Dale Dickey and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. Kaczmarek reprised her role as Lois in an "alternate ending" featurette on the Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
DVD/Blu-ray box set that was released on November 26, 2013. In it, Hal wakes up from the nightmare that was the plot of Breaking Bad, in a nod to the final scene from Newhart.[11] In 2014, she appeared as herself on The Comeback, auditioning for the role of Mallory Church in the fictional HBO series-within-a-series entitled Seeing Red. In 2016, she appeared as a psychiatrist on The Big Bang Theory. Personal life[edit] Kaczmarek married fellow Wisconsin
Wisconsin
native and actor Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) on August 15, 1992. They lived in Los Angeles with their three children: Frances Genevieve (b. October 1997), George Edward (b. December 23, 1999) and Mary Louisa (b. November 25, 2002). Both were very active with charity, and were seen attending many major award shows together. She is the founder of "Clothes Off Our Back" which auctions celebrity clothing for children's charities. In June 2009, the couple filed for divorce after almost 17 years of marriage.[12][13] The divorce was finalized in October 2010.[14] One of the last times they were seen together publicly was in September 2008, at the opening of a Los Angeles production of The House of Blue Leaves,[15] in which Kaczmarek was starring. According to a June 2009 magazine interview with More.com conducted prior to announcement of the divorce, she replied "That's a big no comment" when asked to sum up her love life. She also added that she used to believe that she could "go it alone and as long as I had some fabulous boy on my arm, or man, and my career was sailing, that's all I needed" whereas she now had grown to appreciate the support of her girlfriends "to talk about kids, to talk about marriages, to talk about just life".[16] In 2010, they sold their villa, a former mansion, in San Marino, California.[17] Kaczmarek underwent a hip replacement in April 2004, due to chronic arthritis.[18] She recovered quickly, and used an X-ray
X-ray
of her new hip for her Emmy
Emmy
campaign the following summer, advertising herself as "the only Emmy
Emmy
nominee with an artificial hip (except for Anthony LaPaglia)".[19] In 2006, Kaczmarek and Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
co-star Erik Per Sullivan contributed the afterword for the children's book Together that shows the importance of domestic animals to impoverished people in the world, inspired by the mission of the nonprofit charitable organization Heifer International. Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

2000 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated

2000 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won

2001 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress
Actress
in a Television
Television
Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated

2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

2001 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won

2002 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress
Actress
in a Television
Television
Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated

2002 Satellite Awards Best Actress
Actress
in a Television
Television
Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated

2003 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2003 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress
Actress
in a Television
Television
Series: Musical or Comedy Nominated

2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

2004 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2004 Satellite Awards Best Actress
Actress
in a Television
Television
Series: Musical or Comedy Won

2005 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2006 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series Nominated

2012 Ovation Awards Lead Actress
Actress
in a Play Good People[20] Nominated

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983 Uncommon Valor Mrs. Wilkes

1984 Falling in Love Ann Raftis

1985 The Heavenly Kid Emily Barnes

1985 Door to Door Katherine Holloway

1988 D.O.A. Gail Cornell

1988 Vice Versa Robyn Seymour

1989 All's Fair Linda

1996 The Chamber Dr. Anne Biddows

1996 Wildly Available Rita Goodman

1998 Pleasantville David's mom

2015 The Boat Builder Katherine

2016 Wolves at the Door Mary

2017 CHiPs Jane Lindel

2018 6 Balloons Gayle

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983 St. Elsewhere Sandy Burns 3 episodes

1983 Remington Steele Barbara Troy Dannon Episode: "Altared Steele"

1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Penny Episode: "Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth"

1983–84 The Paper Chase Connie Lehman 8 episodes

1984 Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilksy 6 episodes

1984 Something About Amelia Mrs. Hall Television
Television
movie

1985 Hometown Mary Newell Abbott 10 episodes

1986 The Right of the People Alicia Television
Television
movie

1986 The Christmas Gift Susan Television
Television
movie

1987 I'll Take Manhattan Nina Stern Television
Television
movie

1987 The Three Kings Dr. Paula Bolet Television
Television
movie

1988 American Playhouse Susan Glaspell Episode: "Journey Into Genius"

1989 Spooner Gail Archer Television
Television
movie

1990–91 Equal Justice Linda Bauer 22 episodes

1993 Big Wave Dave's Karen Fisher 6 episodes

1994 Monty Nickerson Episode: "Wild, Wild Willy and His O.K. Corral"

1994 Law & Order Janet Rudman Episode: "Censure"

1994 ABC Afterschool Specials Mary Reed Episode: "Boys Will Be Boys"

1994 L.A. Law Attorney Gershonwood Episode: "Whose San Andreas Fault Is It, Anyways?"

1994 Without Warning Dr. Caroline Jaffe Television
Television
movie

1995 Picket Fences Janice Neiman Episode: "Heroes and Villains"

1995–99 Party of Five Helene Thompson 3 episodes

1996 Touched by an Angel Bonnie Bell Episode: "Out of the Darkness"

1996 ABC Afterschool Specials Nancy Gallagher Episode: "Educating Mom"

1996 Apollo 11 Jan Armstrong Television
Television
movie

1996–97 Cybill Holly 5 episodes

1996–97 Frasier Maureen Cutler 2 episodes

1997 The Practice Pamela Boyd 2 episodes

1999 Felicity Carol Anderson 5 episodes

2000–06 Malcolm in the Middle Lois 146 episodes American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Satellite Award for Best Actress
Actress
Television
Television
Series Musical or Comedy Television
Television
Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2000–01) Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress
Actress
Television
Television
Series Musical or Comedy (2001–03) Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress
Actress
in a Comedy Series (2000–06) Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Actress
Actress
Television
Television
Series Musical or Comedy Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2001, 2003) Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress
Actress
– Comedy Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television
Television
Award for Best Actress
Actress
in a Quality Comedy Series

2001–10 The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm
Judge Constance Harm
(voice) 8 episodes

2006–07 Help Me Help You Anne Hoffman 6 episodes

2008–09 Raising the Bar Judge Trudy Kessler 23 episodes

2010 Reviving Ophelia Marie Television
Television
movie

2011 Wilfred Beth Episode: "Pride"

2011–12 Whitney Candi 3 episodes

2012–13 The Middle Sandy Armwood 2 episodes

2012–13 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Red Jessica (voice) 11 episodes

2013 Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit D.A. Pam James Episode: "Beautiful Frame"

2013 Breaking Bad Lois (Malcolm in the Middle) Episode: "Felina" (Alternate ending)

2014 Us & Them Pam 7 episodes

2014–17 Playing House Gwen Crawford 7 episodes

2014 The McCarthys Eileen Episode: "Sister Act"

2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Dr. Moore 2 episodes

2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Coach Jackie (voice) Episode: "Ultrahyperball"

2016 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Gallow Episode: "The Sales Call Sublimation"

2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Cindy Barrett Episode: "How to Survive Your Parents' Visit"

References[edit]

^ Roberts, Robin (July 13, 2003). "'Malcolm's' new fifth dimension". Record-Journal. p. F1, F5. Retrieved 10 April 2014.  ^ Borun, Thaddeus (1946). We, the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Poles: The History of Milwaukeeans of Polish Descent and a Record of Their Contributions to the Greatness of Milwaukee. Nowiny Publishing Company. Retrieved 10 April 2014.  ^ "Gregorski, Frances J". Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. May 29, 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2014.  ^ " Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
Biography (1955-)". Film Reference. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 10 April 2014.  ^ " Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
Biography". The Biography Channel. A&E Television
Television
Networks. Retrieved 10 April 2014. The daughter of a defense department employee and a teacher, she grew up in a strict, Catholic household.  ^ Off Topic With Tichina Arnold Archived March 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Malcolm in the Middle". Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2006-05-18. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) . Fox.com ^ " Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
Archived 2012-11-07 at the Wayback Machine." on TV.com ^ Schneider, Michael (Jul 22, 2011). "Exclusive: Sharon Osbourne Gets Animated for Next TV Gig". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 April 2014.  ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 19, 2012). "Law & Order: SVU Exclusive: Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
Mom to Battle DA Barba". TV Guide. Retrieved November 19, 2012.  ^ Teti, John (November 17, 2013). "A Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
alternate ending is a Malcolm In The Middle dream sequence". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 30, 2013.  ^ " Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford
and Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
File
File
for Divorce". People.  ^ "Bradley Whitford, Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
File
File
for Divorce After Nearly 17 Years". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 20, 2009.  ^ "Whitford and Kaczmarek -- Divvying Up the Goodies". TMZ. October 22, 2010.  ^ Search: bradley whitford. Getty Images. Retrieved on 2011-09-23. ^ Health, Beauty, Fashion, Love, Careers and more – MORE Magazine Archived 2009-06-24 at the Wayback Machine.. More.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-23. ^ Beale, Lauren (August 17, 2010). "Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford sell San Marino villa". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3, 2014.  ^ " Malcolm in the Middle
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– Kaczmarek Has Hip Replacement Surgery". contactmusic.com, 24 June 2004. ^ " Jane Kaczmarek
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Awards for Jane Kaczmarek

v t e

Satellite Award for Best Actress
Actress
Television
Television
Series Musical or Comedy

Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin
(1996) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1997) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(1998) Illeana Douglas
Illeana Douglas
(1999) Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow
(2000) Debra Messing
Debra Messing
(2001) Debra Messing
Debra Messing
(2002) Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
(2003) Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
/ Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2005) Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross
(2006) America Ferrera
America Ferrera
(2007) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(2008) Lea Michele
Lea Michele
(2009) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2010) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2011) Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco
(2012) Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling
(2013) Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling
(2014) Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling
(2015) Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling
(2016) Niecy Nash
Niecy Nash
(2017)

v t e

TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(1997) David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(1998) Ray Romano
Ray Romano
(1999) Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
(2000) Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
(2001) Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
(2002) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2003) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2004) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2005) Steve Carell
Steve Carell
(2006) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2007) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
(2008) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell
/ Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman
(2011) Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
(2012) Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Rachel Bloom
Rachel Bloom
(2016) Donald Glover
Donald Glover
(2017)

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