A distinguished stage and screen actress, Jane Alexander has performed in more than one hundred plays and 55 films. Notable work includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Great White Hope, for which she received a Tony Award and an Academy Award nomination for the movie version. Additional theatre work includes The Sisters Rosensweig, First Monday in October, and, most recently, Chasing Manet and A Moon To Dance By. She received Academy Award nominations for her work in All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Testament. She won Emmys for her roles in the made-for-television movie Playing For Time and HBO’s Warm Springs. As Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, under President Clinton, Ms. Alexander successfully prevented elimination of the agency by the 104th Congress. Her book, Command Performance; an Actress in the Theatre of Politics, chronicles those years (1993-1997).
Ms. Alexander is committed to saving wildlife and wild places. Birding is one of her passions. She has served as a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and a Board member of the American Bird Conservancy, and currently serves on the Board of the American Birding Association. She also serves as a Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Taconic Region.