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|Born||April 1, 1965|
Jane was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Janice, an administrative assistant, and William Adams, an engineer. She has a younger brother, Jonathan, and was raised in Wheaton, Illinois and Bellevue, Washington. Adams attended the University of Washington, where she studied political science, and the Cornish College of the Arts, where she took theater. In 1989, she graduated from the Juilliard school with a degree in drama.
Adams then performed theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She turned down the chance to work in a movie with Whoopi Goldberg (a blockbuster titled Sister Act) for the opportunity to work with Arthur Miller on stage.
She then worked along with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the sequel to Father of the Bride, where she received rave reviews from her fellow cast members. She went back to the stage and won the 1995 Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for the Broadway revival of An Inspector Calls. She also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best featured actress in a play in the Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet.
In 1998, she starred in Happiness with Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the role of Joy, a sensitive single woman who is struggling with life. She and the cast won many ensemble awards. The next year, Adams got a recurring role on the hit comedy series Frasier from 1999 to 2000. She played Dr. Mel Karnofsky, who became Niles's second wife. She is currently co-starring in the HBO series Hung opposite Thomas Jane.
- Appeared with Melanie Lynskey in Digging for Fire
- Appeared with Cynthia Watros in Calvin Marshall
- Appeared with Joe Morton in Wherever You Are
- Appeared with David Strathairn in The Sensation of Sight
- Appeared with LL Cool J, Jascha Washington and Michael Nouri in Last Holiday
- Appeared with Billy Connolly in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Appeared with Michael Nouri and Jason Manuel Olazabal on Law & Order
- Appeared with Patrick Bauchau on Carnivale
- Appeared with Pruitt Taylor Vince in Mumford
- Appeared with Dylan Baker in Happiness
- Appeared with Jake Weber in Liberty! The American Revolution.
- Appeared with Lisa Edelstein on Relativity
- Appeared with James LeGros in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
- Appeared with Dan Butler in I Love Trouble