Jane Krakowski is an American actress and singer. She is best known for the roles of Cousin Vicki in National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Jenna Maroney in the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, for which she received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Take a look below for 28 more fascinating and interesting facts about Jane Krakowski.
1. Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey.
2. Her father, Ed, is a chemical engineer, and her mother, Barbara Krajkowski, is a college theater instructor and producing artistic director for the Women’s Theater Company.
3. She has an older brother.
4. Her father’s family is Polish, and while she speaks very little Polish, her father and grandparents are fluent.
5. Her mother is of half Polish descent, with the rest of her ancestry being French Canadian and Scottish.
6. Krakowski grew up immersed in the local theater scene as a result of her parents’ activities, saying in one interview: “Instead of hiring baby sitters, they brought me along with them.”
7. She took ballet lessons at age four, but later stopped because she had the wrong body shape, instead moving more towards Broadway dancing.
8. She attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City and Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
9. Her first major television role was as Theresa Rebecca “T.R.” Kendall in the NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow for the NBC Daytime programming block, which she played from 1984 until the show ended on December 26, 1986.
10. She was nominated for two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for her role in 1986 and 1987.
11. From 1997 to 2002, Krakowski played office assistant Elaine Vassal in the Fox comedy-drama series Ally McBeal; her role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1999.
12. In 2006, Krakowski was cast in the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, where she played Jenna Maroney, a cast member of the fictional late night sketch comedy show TGS with Tracy Jordan.
13. In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, she received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in 30 Rock.
14. In 2015, Krakowski was cast in the Netflix comedy web television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Jacqueline White, for which she received her fifth Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
15. After her film debut, National Lampoon’s Vacation in 1983, Krakowski appeared in Fatal Attraction, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (where she played Betty Rubble), Marci X, Alfie, Go, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Dance with Me, Stepping Out, Pretty Persuasion, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and Mom at Sixteen.
16. At age 18, she originated the role of Dinah the Dining Car in the 1987 Broadway production of Starlight Express.
17. She appeared in the 1989 Broadway musical Grand Hotel as the typist and would-be film star Flaemmchen, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.
18. Her solo number, “I Want to Go to Hollywood”, is included on the original cast recording. At the 2000 American Comedy Awards, Krakowski won rave reviews when she performed a sexually charged musical tribute and love letter to Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates.
19. In 1995, she played the ditzy flight attendant April in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Company.
20. In 1996, she starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress.
21. In January 2002, Windham Hill Records released an album that Jim Brickman had recorded, titled Love Songs & Lullabies; this album featured Krakowski as a vocalist for the song “You”, which became a hit on adult contemporary radio stations.
22. In 2005, she starred as Miss Adelaide in Michael Grandage’s West End revival of Guys and Dolls at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
23. Krakowski performed in a January 2007 workshop production and backers’s audition for a Broadway musical adaption of the 1980 film, Xanadu, with music from the film’s soundtrack and a book by Douglas Carter Beane.
24. In 2008, Krakowski starred as Lola in New York City Center’s production of Damn Yankees opposite Sean Hayes and Cheyenne Jackson.
25. On July 30 and 31, 2009, Krakowski performed the title character in a reading of Mrs. Sharp, whose music was composed and whose lyrics were written by Ryan Scott Oliver, and whose book was written by Kirsten A. Guenther, at Playwrights Horizons.
26. She performed the role of Ilona Ritter in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Jerry Bock’s and Sheldon Harnick’s She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi.
27. Krakowski played Wanda in the music video for the Dixie Chicks’ song “Goodbye Earl” in 2000, alongside Dennis Franz and Lauren Holly.
28. Krakowski became engaged to Robert Godley in 2009. They have a son, born in April 2011. The couple separated in 2013.