Date of Birth : Oct 11th 1968
In her first major television role, Krakowski joined the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1984, playing the role of Theresa Rebecca (T.R.) Kendall, a role she played until the show ended in 1986. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 1987.
In 2006, Krakowski joined the cast of the new NBC sitcom 30 Rock, where she plays Jenna Maroney, a cast member of the fictional late night sketch show TGS with Tracy Jordan. Krakowski was cast to replace Rachel Dratch, who played Jenna in the show’s unaired original pilot episode.
Krakowski has also appeared in the movies National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fatal Attraction, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (where she played Betty Rubble), Marci X, Alfie, Go, Dance With Me, Pretty Persuasion and will appear in the upcoming movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery. Krakowski was also originally cast in the horror camp classic Sleepaway Camp as the role of “mean girl” Judy but dropped out just before filming began because she felt her character’s death scene with a curling iron was too violent.
A trained singer, Krakowski has made numerous appearances on stage. She appeared in the 1989 Broadway musical Grand Hotel as the typist and would-be-film-star Flaemmchen for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her solo number “I Want to go to Hollywood” is included on the original cast recording. At the 2000 American Comedy Awards, Krakowski won rave reviews when she performed a sexually-charged musical tribute and love letter to Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates.
In 1995, she played the ditzy flight attendant April in The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Company.
In January of 2002, Windham Hill Records released a Jim Brickman album titled Love Songs & Lullabies featuring Jane as a vocalist for the song “You”, which became a hit on adult contemporary radio stations. Brickman and Krakowski also recorded an alternate Christmas version of “You”.
Krakowski performed in a January 2007 workshop production and backers’ audition for a Broadway musical adaption of the 1980 film, Xanadu, with music from the film’s soundtrack and a book by Douglas Carter Beane. Xanadu premiered on Broadway summer 2007, although Krakowski’s role is played by Kerry Butler.