Jane Alexander is an accomplished American actress, of stage and screen, former director if the National Endowment for the Art, and author.
In 1967, Alexander played Eleanor Backman in the original production of Howard Sackler’s “The Great White Hope” at Arena Stage. Like her co-star, James Earl Jones, she went on to play the part both on Broadway (1968), winning a Tony Award for her performance, and in the film version (1970), which earned her an Oscar nomination. Alexander’s additional screen credits include “All the President’s Men” (1976), “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), and “Testament” (1983), all of which earned her Oscar nods, “Brubaker” (1980), “The Cider House Rules” (1999), and “Fur” (2006). She has been nominated for four Academy Awards in