Jane Curtin is an American actress and comedienne best known for her starring sitcom roles as Allison 'Allie' Lowell in Kate & Allie (1984-1989) and as Dr. Mary Albright in 3rd Rock from the Sun, from 1996-2001.
She also starred as Joanne Webster in the police procedural television series Unforgettable.
Curtin first gained attention when she made her TV debut in 1975 as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the hit late-night series, Saturday Night Live.
During her five-year run on the show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations for her creation of a multitude of memorable characters.
She starred with Susan Saint James for five years on the television series Kate & Allie, twice earning the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of affable divorcee Allie Lowell.
Curtin then went on to a successful six-year run as Dr. Mary Albright on 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Other television credits include the critically acclaimed mini-series Common Ground, as well as the television movies The Librarian, Divorce Wars with Tom Selleck, and Maybe Baby with Dabney Coleman.
Her feature film credits include Antz, Coneheads, How to Beat the High Co$t of Living, Suspicion, Mr. Mikes Mondo Video, O.C. and Stiggs and Shaggy Dog for Touchstone Pictures.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Curtin studied drama at Northeastern University. She was a member of the improvisational theatre group The Proposition for four years before going on a national tour with a number of plays, including the comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
She appeared on Broadway in the revival of Noises Off, and as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's Candida, with Joanne Woodward, a role she reprised on television.
Her other stage credits include the off-Broadway musical revue, Pretzels, which she co-wrote, and several appearances in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters and Ancestral Voices.
Curtin also appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town.