|Born||c. 1954 (age 67–68)|
|Occupation||Actress, playwright, screenwriter, director|
Jane Anderson (born c. 1954 in California) is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and director. She wrote and directed the feature film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005), and wrote the Nicolas Cage film It Could Happen to You (1994). She won an Emmy Award for writing the screenplay for the miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014).
Prior to film directing, Anderson wrote and directed several critically acclaimed television movies, notably Normal (2003), starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson; The Baby Dance (1998), starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern; The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993), When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter; and If These Walls Could Talk 2 (segment "1961") (2000), which won Vanessa Redgrave an Emmy Award for her portrayal of an elderly lesbian prevented from hospital visitation with her dying long-time companion.
She became a writer for the AMC television drama Mad Men for the show's second season. She was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series for her work on the second season.
In 2015, Anderson wrote the documentary Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson about her great aunt, Edith Lake Wilkinson, a lesbian and painter who was institutionalized in the 1920s and spent the rest of her life in an asylum for the mentally ill. Anderson cites Wilkinson as an inspiration for own drawing.
As of 2016, Anderson was working on a project with HBO, partnering again with Frances McDormand following their collaboration on Olive Kitteridge, to do a miniseries. In 2017, Anderson wrote the Glenn Close-starring The Wife.
|1986||The Facts of Life||Writer||"The Apartment", "Ready or Not", "Write and Wrong"|
|1988||Raising Miranda||Writer||"Black Monday", "Home for the Holidays"|
|1989||The Wonder Years||Writer||"How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation"|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Writer||"Dream Child", "A Type of Love Story"|
|1993||The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom||Writer||TV film|
|1994||It Could Happen to You||Writer|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Writer|
|1998||The Baby Dance||Writer & director||TV film|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Writer & director||TV film, segment "1961"|
|2001||When Billie Beat Bobby||Writer & director||TV film|
|2003||Normal||Writer & director||TV film|
|2005||The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio||Writer & director|
|2008||Mad Men||Writer||"The Gold Violin"|
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||Writer||TV miniseries|
|2015||Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson||Writer||Documentary|
|1988||Raising Miranda||9 episodes|
|2008||Mad Men||"The Gold Violin", "A Night to Remember"|
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||TV miniseries|
|2015||Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson||Documentary|
|1982||The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour||Regular performer||TV series|
|1984||P.O.P.||Dana McNeil||TV film|
|1984||E/R||Mrs. Grettie||"Only a Nurse"|
|1985||The Facts of Life||Karen||"We Get Letters"|
|1985–86||The Facts of Life||Program consultant||5 episodes|
|1986||Who's the Boss?||Program consultant||"Charmed Lives"|
|1989||The Wonder Years||Executive story editor||7 episodes|