How did you prepare for the show?
I prepared for Jeopardy! by doing nothing. I thought since I have limited information and limited space [points to head], I didn't want to upset the apple cart, so... we'll see what happens!
What categories are you hoping to see?
Uh, FAST FOOD. I aced it the last time.
How might your experience as an actor give you an edge?
Nothing I have ever done has helped me play Jeopardy! [Laughs]
How are you going to celebrate?
Yeah, we're going to celebrate today by, uh, getting drunk. It'll be the usual celebration that we have whenever we win anything. Which is... all the time.
What was the best part of your Celebrity Jeopardy! experience?
My favorite part of today was--was we had a really, really good group. Um, I had worked with CC a long time ago in a miniseries, and uh, I'd never met Isaac, but I knew who he was, and we're apparently neighbors in New York. Um, so when you get a good group of people, it makes it all the more fun--y'know, if everybody is on the same plane as--as to whether or not it's going to be fun or it's not going to be fun, and today's was really fun.
Was there a point when you knew the game was "in the bag"?
No. I had no idea that there was even the possibility. I did know that at one point I thought the buzzer was going to be part of my digestive tract. Um, because I kept pushing it further and further into my chest. But, aside from that--I get really, really worked up at these things.
What would winning $1,000,000 mean to your charity?
Well, a million dollars for any charity would be huge. And, especially now with all of the natural disasters and the fact that the world is carbonated and everybody needs help, I think a million dollars would just be a drop in the bucket, but a big drop for people.
How does it feel to be this close to $1,000,000?
I can't believe I made it this far. No, really. I-I can't. Was there some sort of clerical error?
Now that you're in the finals, has you strategy changed?
No, it doesn't do anything, except make me nauseous. The whole thing just makes me nauseous.
Have you made any mistakes that you're hoping to avoid this time?
Not to look as crazy as I [laughs] looked the last time. I was--I was so focused, and--and it was all so intense, and I was having such a good time, but I was--inside I was a maniac. I was just crazed. It's a fun game.
Why do you think comedians might have an edge in this competition?
I think it has to do with the way that you listen and process? I think that because, uh, most comedians, um, are fluent in improv--[edit dissolve]--clearly we're smarter than just normal people.
"One of Saturday Night Live's original Not Ready for Primetime Players, she went on to star in two highly successful long-running sitcoms, Kate & Allie and 3rd Rock from the Sun. Here's talented actress/comedienne..."
Playing on behalf of the U.S. Fund For UNICEF.
Jane Curtin first gained national attention when she made her TV debut in 1975 as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the hit late-night series Saturday Night Live. During her five-year run on that show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations for her creation of many memorable characters.
She starred with Susan Saint James for five years on the popular television series Kate & Allie, twice earning the Emmy Award as Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of affable divorcée Allie Lowell. Jane went on to a successful six-year run as Dr. Mary Albright on the NBC hit 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Curtin's other television credits include the critically acclaimed miniseries Common Ground, as well as the television movies Divorce Wars, with Tom Selleck, and Maybe Baby, with Dabney Coleman.
Her feature film credits include Antz, Coneheads, How to Beat the High Cost of Living, Suspicion, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and O.C. & Stiggs.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Curtin studied drama at Northeastern University. She was a member of the improvisational theater group The Proposition for four years before going on a national tour with a number of plays, including the comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She appeared on Broadway with Joanne Woodward as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's Candida, and reprised the role on television. Her other stage credits credits include the off-Broadway musical revue Pretzels, which she co-wrote, and several appearances in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. Most recently she appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town, which also played on Broadway to a sold-out run in late 2002 with Jane reprising her role. Most recently, Jane appeared in The Librarian series on TNT, the Disney feature The Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen, and has just finished filming I Love You Man for Dreamworks.