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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 Always Shine

Always Shine

2016 NR

Once close friends, actresses Beth and Anna take off on a road trip to Big Sur to try to alleviate the professional jealousy that's grown between them. Instead, their festering mutual resentments trigger a life-changing confrontation.

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  • 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 Father of the Bride 2 Father of the Bride 2
  • Jane Adams in Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Jesse Stone: Stone Cold
  • Jane Adams in Poltergeist Poltergeist
  • Jane Adams in Wonder Boys Wonder Boys
  • Jane Adams in Happiness Happiness
  • Jane Adams in Songcatcher Songcatcher
  • Jane Adams in The Anniversary Party The Anniversary Party
  • Jane Adams in Little Children Little Children
  • Jane Adams in Kansas City Kansas City
  • Jane Adams in The Sensation of Sight The Sensation of Sight
  • Jane Adams in The Brave One The Brave One
  • Jane Adams in Restless Restless
  • Jane Adams in Orange County Orange County
  • Jane Adams in Last Holiday Last Holiday
  • Jane Adams in The Wackness The Wackness
  • Jane Adams in Hung Hung
  • Jane Adams in Alexander the Last Alexander the Last
  • Jane Adams in Calvin Marshall Calvin Marshall
  • Jane Adams in The Lie The Lie