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JANE ALEXANDER's (Esther) distinguished acting career includes her Tony Award®-winning performance in "The Great White Hope” directed by Ed Sherin (who later became her husband) and Tony-nominated roles in "Honour,” "The Sisters Rosensweig,” "The Visit,” "First Monday in October,” "Find Your Way Home,” and "6 Rms Riv Vu,” all on Broadway. In addition, she received a Drama Desk and Theatre World Award for "The Great White Hope” and an Obie for "The Sisters Rosensweig.” She also appeared in "Shadowlands” opposite Nigel Hawthorne, both on Broadway and in London's West End. Her regional theatre work includes performances at Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as at the Mark Taper Forum, Alliance Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, and American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut. She has appeared in over 100 stage roles in all throughout her career, the most recent being her portrayal of Djuna Barnes in her one-woman show, "What of the Night.”

A four-time Oscar® nominee for the films TESTAMENT, KRAMER VS. KRAMER, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and THE GREAT WHITE HOPE, she has also appeared in over 50 screen roles; among them being BRUBAKER, CITY HEAT and THE CIDER HOUSE RULES. Alexander has been seen more recently in such films as FUR with Nicole Kidman and directed by Steven Shainberg, THE RING and John Sayles THE SUNSHINE STATE.

On television, she won an Emmy® Award for the movie "Playing for Time” and a Television Critic's Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.” She appeared in the tele-film "Jenifer” on CBS, which was directed by her son, Jace Alexander, and received a Daytime Emmy® nomination for her cameo role in Showtime's "Carry Me Home" also directed by Jace. She recently received the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of Sara Roosevelt in HBO's "Warm Springs.”

She co-stars in the new HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me” premiering September 2007.

Alexander is the author of Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics, documenting her tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1993-1997. She continues her political career as a Commissioner of Parks, the Taconic Region, for New York State.


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