born and raised in milwaukee, wisconsin (21st december 1955), jane kaczmarek is a familiar face in television and an industry veteran. a graduate of the university of wisconsin, she went on to receive a graduate degree in drama from yale.
most recently seen in felicity, kaczmarek has been a series regular on equal justice, hometown, big wave daves and paper chase: the second year. her additional credits include recurring roles on party of five, frasier, the practice, cybill and hill street blues. kaczmarek has also guest starred on such series as touched by an angel, picket fences, l.a. law and hollywood division. in addition, kaczmarek starred in the following made-for-television movies: apollo ii, educating mom, the deception, boys will be boys, i'll take manhattan, something about amelia, the christmas story and the three kings.
kaczmarek's feature film credits include pleasantville, the chamber, vice versa, uncommon valor, d.o.a., the heavenly kid and falling in love, as well as the independent films the spittin' image and wildly available.
on broadway, kaczmarek has appeared in lost in yonkers. in los angeles, she played roles in kindertransport, which received an l.a. ovation award, and raised in captivity, which won an l.a. drama critics award. her other theatrical credits include steve martin's wasp, escape from happiness, eve's diary, pride and prejudice, the legends of oedipus, loose ends, ice cream/hot fudge and better living alongside olympia dukakis.
kaczmarek resides in los angeles with her husband, actor brad whitford, and their daughter, frances.