Jane Kaczmarek is an American actress. Her Hollywood career spans decades, beginning in the 1980s. During this period, she starred in the TV shows The Paper Chase, Hill Street Blues, and Hometown. She also had roles in the films Uncommon Valor, Falling in Love, The Heavenly Kid, and Vice Versa. In the following decade, she had performances in the films The Chamber and Pleasantville. On TV, she starred as Linda Bauer in Equal Justice, Karen Fisher in Big Wave Dave’s, Holly in Cybill, and Carol Anderson in Felicity. In the 2000s, she became best known for her role as Lois in Malcolm in the Middle. She received Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work here. Afterward, she starred as Judge Trudy Kessler in Raising the Bar. More recently, she starred as Gwen Crawford in USA Network’s Playing House.