Monday, September 06, 2010

Happy Birthday Jane Curtin

PhotobucketShe was the only member of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players who showed up for work at 30 Rockefeller Plaza every week, did her job, and didn't fall into the trap of parties and debauchery baited with shallow praise and sudden fame that ultimately claimed one of her fellow cast-members and threatened to swallow the rest at one time or another; conversely, Jane Curtin is one of the only alumni of Saturday Night Live who refuses to be involved in the industry of nostalgia that's sprung up around the show. (Aside, of course, from her involvement in The Coneheads movie; then again, we all make mistakes.) She was notable in her absence from the entirely superlative 25th Anniversary special of SNL, released in 2000 - although she appeared fleetingly in clips from the show's first five season's her name was never mentioned.

For her follow-up Curtin was rewarded with a fine hit instead of a sophomore slump; Kate & Allie was a landmark sitcom for its portrayal of Baby Boomers nursing their wounds together following their Eighties divorces from feckless men inured in their respective mid-life crises. Some years later she finally got the chance to let her hair down, more or less playing against type (to hilarious end) in 3rd Rock from the Sun. So esteemed is Jane Curtin around the Pop Culture Institute that the mere rumour she was set to appear in a pilot - which alas, came to naught - sent us into a tizzy in March 2007; try as we might, if another such rumour was to circulate I promise our reaction would be identical.

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TankMontreal said...

I always preferred Ms Curtin and Lorraine Newman over Gilda that first season of SNL (maybe cuz they seemed like the underdogs - no pun intended).

michael sean morris said...

I always liked all three of the women, but of them my appreciation for Laraine Newman has increased the most. Hers was a more cerebral, character-based comedy which I guess I didn't get when I was a kid.