Jane Krakowski is an American singer and actress. In a career spanning over 3 decades she has excelled in music, movies, TV, and theatre. She started showing interest in arts from her childhood and was encouraged by her parents who were both active in New Jersey theater. She was enrolled in a school that focused on providing training in acting where she learned the basics of acting. Even though she could not grow to be a star, she made a mark in every art form she showed interest in. She has won Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her outstanding performance in several TV shows and movies. She lent her voice to characters in TV Shows and Movies that were targeted at children. She has even tried her luck in the music industry by releasing her debut album at a very late stage in her career. Krakowski did not have a great personal life as her relationships with several men did not survive for long.
Childhood & Early Life
Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, USA on October 11, 1968. Her father was a chemical engineer and her mother was a theater instructor in a local college. Her mother also worked as artistic director for the prestigious Women’s Theater Company.
Krakowski completed her schooling in the Professional Children’s School in New York City and later graduated from the Rutgers University. Professional Children’s School is intended for aspiring actors and dancers. She learned acting well by the time she completed her schooling.
Krakowski’s father was of Polish ancestry. Her mother was of Polish, French, Canadian, and Scottish descent. She has one older brother.
As her family had some background in the entertainment sector, she got interested in theater and dancing from a very young age. Her mother used to take her to classes at the local college and krakowski slowly got involved in the local theater scene.
She started taking ballet lessons at the age of four. But she later stopped due to her bad body shape and started learning Broadway dancing.
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Krakowski is a multi-faceted personality who has excelled in multiple art forms. She got her first role in acting while she was still in her teens. In the year 1983, she played an oversexed cousin in ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’.
She later got opportunities in daytime television. She acted in the TV show ‘Search for Tomorrow’ during 1984-1986. The show made Krakowski very popular and earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations.
By the later 1980s and early 1990s, Krakowski started focusing on theater. She found some success on New York Stage. Her first Broadway role was in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Starlight Express’. She played several Broadway roles like the one in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ along with Sarah Jessica Parker in the year 1996.
Between the years 1997 to 2002, Krakowski played the role of an office assistant in the TV Show ‘Ally McBeal’.
Krakowski acted in many movies like ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘Marci X’, ‘Dance With Me’, and ‘Mom at Sixteen’. She also tried her luck in TV movies like NBC’s ‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ in the year 2004.
Even though she had made her name in movies and television, Krakowski never lost her interest in singing. She released her debut solo album in the year 2010. From then she continued to release her solo albums like ‘The Laziest Gal in Town’ in the year 2010 and Broadway revival cast recording ‘She Loves Me’ in the year 2016.
Till the year 2016, Krakowski continued to focus on TV, Theatre, and Films with several hits to her credit like Xanadu (theatre), Pixels (movie), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV). Rather than acting in complete roles, Krakowski also lent her voice to many characters on both TV and Movies.
The NBC soap opera ‘Search for Tomorrow’ continues to be one of her major works. The show was a feather in the cap of ‘Procter & Gamble Productions’ which made several TV Shows from 1950s to 1980s.
The Broadway musical ‘Nine’ in which she starred opposite ‘Antonio Banderas’ in 2003 brought her a lot of fame and attention. The musical was a hit and got her more opportunities.
Awards & Achievements
Krakowski won two Emmy nominations at a very early stage in her life. She later won Primetime Emmy nominations for her roles in TV series like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt of Netflix.
Krakowski won the Tony Award for the year 2003 for her portrayal of ‘Carla’ in the Broadway Musical ‘Nine’ along with Antonio Banderas.
In the year 2006, Krakowski won the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Actress in the Musical ‘Guys and Dolls’.
In 1999, Krakowski got the Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in ‘Ally McBeal’.
Personal Life & Legacy
She had a brief relationship with English documentarian, Marc Singer. Krakowski met him during a movie screening and fell in love.
In the year 2009 she got engaged with Robert Godley. They got separated in the year 2013. They had a son, ‘Bennett Robert Godley’ born in the New York City.