Character: Marie Jones
Jane Kaczmarek starred for seven years in the Emmy Award–winning TV series “Malcolm in the Middle.” She was nominated for seven consecutive Emmy Awards for her role in the comedy, as well as numerous Golden Globe and SAG awards, and has won the American Comedy Award and the Television Critics’ Award for two consecutive years, the first woman to ever receive such an honor.
Kaczmarek recently starred in the ABC comedy pilot “Who Gets The Parents?” opposite Adam Arkin. She also starred in the TNT drama series “Raising the Bar” as Judge Trudy Kessler. Iconic television producer Steven Bochco developed this show based on the real life of a Bronx defense attorney. The pilot episode of “Raising the Bar” premiered as the highest rated cable television debut in basic cable history.
Kaczmarek also starred in the ABC comedy “Help Me, Help You,” opposite Ted Danson. Other television appearances include “Felicity,” “Equal Justice,” “Paper Chase: the Second Year,” “Party of Five,” “Frasier,” “The Practice,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Hill Street Blues.” Film credits include “Pleasantville,” “Vice Versa,” “DOA,” “Falling in Love” and “Uncommon Valor.”
In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway in “Lost in Yonkers” and in plays at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, Second Stage, Long Wharf, New York Stage and Film, and the Berkshire and Williamstown Theatre Festivals. In Los Angeles she appeared in “Kindertransport,” for which she received an Ovation Award. She starred in the premiere of the Pulitzer Prize–winning “Dinner With Friends” at South Coast Repertory, where she also appeared in “Raised in Captivity,” for which she won the LA Drama Critics Award.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and The Yale School of Drama, and is the founder of the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, which auctions celebrity award-show finery to benefit children’s charities.
Kaczmarek lives in Los Angeles.
Marie prides herself on how well she has raised her teen daughter, Elizabeth. She is close with her sister, Le Ann, and offers parenting advice to help with Le Ann's unpredictable daughter, Kelli. When Elizabeth's boyfriend becomes violent and controlling, Marie is distraught. She turns to Le Ann and Kelli for support and guidance on how to convince Elizabeth to get away from the abuser.