Awards & Winners

Jane Connell

Date of Birth 27-October-1925
Place of Birth Berkeley
(California, United States of America, Alameda County, San Francisco Bay Area, Area code 510)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Jane Sperry Bennett
Profession Actor, Character Actor
Jane Sperry Connell was an American character actress. She was born in Berkeley, California to Louis Wesley and Mary Bennett. Connell began her career with her husband, Gordon, entertaining in San Francisco night clubs such as the The Purple Onion and The Hungry I. Eventually the couple moved to New York City, where Connell made her Off-Broadway debut in the 1955 revival of The Threepenny Opera, a long-running hit at the Theatre de Lys. In the London production of Once Upon a Mattress, Connell starred as Winifred, the role that Carol Burnett originated in New York. Connell's most prominent success came in 1966 when she was cast as Agnes Gooch in the original Broadway production of Jerry Herman's Mame. She recreated the role in the 1974 screen adaptation after the film's star, Lucille Ball, became dissatisfied with Madeline Kahn, who had been signed originally to play Gooch. Only four-foot-eleven, Connell was described as a master of the large comic gesture in The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, which described her as "a tiny woman with a giant, squeaking voice". Jane Connell was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Me and My Girl. Additional Broadway credits include New Faces of 1956; Drat! The Cat!; Dear World, once again supporting Angela Lansbury; the short-lived 1983 revival of Mame, in which Lansbury reprised her 1966 lead role; Lend Me a Tenor; Crazy for You; and Moon Over Buffalo, starring Carol Burnett. Her last Broadway appearance was in the role of pianist Jeannette Burmeister in The Full Monty, succeeding Kathleen Freeman, who died during her run in show.

Awards by Jane Connell

Check all the awards nominated and won by Jane Connell.


Outer Critics Circle Special Award
Honored for : Lend Me a Tenor
(Cast of Lend Me a Tenor)


Nominations 1987 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Me and My Girl