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A Juilliard-trained stage actress who's often cast in scene-stealing character roles, Jane Adams was born April 1, 1965, in Washington, D.C. She made her Broadway debut in 1991, earning an Outer Critics Circle Award for "I Hate Hamlet," and won a Tony Award in 1995 for her portrayal of a suspected murderess in "An Inspector Calls."

Among mainstream moviegoers, Adams is most often remembered as the on-call obstetrician who keeps Steve Martin in check in Father of the Bride II (1995). "Frasier" fans may also recognize her as Niles Crane's second wife, a plastic surgeon plagued with neuroses.

In acting circles, however, Adams' name is far more synonymous with quirkier fare. Film critics praised her work in the ensemble casts of Happiness (1998), Songcatcher (2000) and The Anniversary Party (2001), and she scored her first Golden Globe nomination playing an amateur pimp on the HBO series "Hung."

Jane Adams in Lemony Snicket: Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

2004 PG

After their parents are tragically killed, three orphans are taken in by the dastardly Count Olaf, who hopes to snatch their inheritance from them in director Brad Silberling's take on the best-selling series of darkly funny children's books.

  • Jane Adams in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Jane Adams in You've Got Mail You've Got Mail
  • Jane Adams in Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Jesse Stone: Stone Cold
  • Jane Adams in Happiness Happiness
  • Jane Adams in The Sensation of Sight The Sensation of Sight
  • Jane Adams in Always Shine Always Shine
  • Jane Adams in Father of the Bride 2 Father of the Bride 2
  • Jane Adams in Songcatcher Songcatcher
  • Jane Adams in Poltergeist Poltergeist
  • Jane Adams in Little Children Little Children
  • Jane Adams in Wonder Boys Wonder Boys
  • Jane Adams in Last Holiday Last Holiday
  • Jane Adams in The Brave One The Brave One
  • Jane Adams in The Anniversary Party The Anniversary Party
  • Jane Adams in Orange County Orange County
  • Jane Adams in Kansas City Kansas City
  • Jane Adams in Calvin Marshall Calvin Marshall
  • Jane Adams in Hung Hung
  • Jane Adams in Restless Restless
  • Jane Adams in The Wackness The Wackness
  • Jane Adams in Alexander the Last Alexander the Last
  • Jane Adams in The Lie The Lie