An accomplished, respected, award winning actress, Jane Alexander (1939 – ) also may be remembered for her four-year stint as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. While some in Congress wanted to abolish the agency, the performer fought for its existence, eventually winning the battle, although the NEA’s budget was cut by 45 percent. Alexander turned her experiences in Washington into a book, Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics (DaCapo Press, 2001), and resumed her distinguished acting career. Over the course of five decades, Alexander, to date, has received two Emmy Awards, a Tony® Award and four Academy Award nominations.
Jane Quigley was born on October 28, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest of three children born to orthopedic surgeon Thomas B. Quigley and his nurse wife, the former Ruth Elizabeth Pearson. She was raised in Brookline and educated at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. While still a student, she developed… read more