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Actress Jane Alexander won Emmy Awards for her roles in Playing for Time and Warm Springs. In 1992, she became chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Outside of acting, Jane Alexander assumed an important advocacy role in 1992 when she became chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. She took the reins of the agency at a difficult time - by the mid-1990s there was political pressure to cut funding to the organization. Leaving the NEA in 1997, Alexander wrote about her experience in the book Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics (2000).
Jane Alexander has tackled some interesting real-life characters. She won her second Emmy Award for playing Sara Delano Roosevelt in the cable television film Warm Springs. On the big screen, Alexander played the mother of famed photographer Diane Arbus in 2006’s Fur.
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