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Jane Leeves

Joy Scroggs

Jane Leeves has made her mark in the entertainment world, acting in television, theater and film over the past 20 years. Leeves is currently starring as Joy Scroggs in the TV Land series "Hot in Cleveland," which premieres its fourth season on Wednesday, November 28 at 10pm ET/PT. The sitcom follows three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Valerie Bertinelli, Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, is forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. After discovering that they’re still "hot" in Cleveland, they decide to move there and start over together, renting a Victorian home that comes with a sharp-tongued caretaker, played by Betty White.

TV audiences know Leeves from the hit television series "Frasier," in which she played Daphne Moon, the warm-hearted physical therapist from Manchester, England. The part won her a Screen Actors Guild Award® and nominations for both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe®. She is also known for her role as Marla Penny, a recurring role on "Seinfeld," and as Audrey, the girlfriend of Miles Silverberg on the hit television series "Murphy Brown." Leeves has appeared on a multitude of other television shows, including "Desperate Housewives," "The Starter Wife," "Twenty Good Years" and "Misconceptions."

She graced the world of theater by starring as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout production of "Cabaret" on Broadway. Leeves has also lent her voice to various animated television series, including "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Phineas and Ferb" and "The Simpsons" as well as the major motion picture "James and the Giant Peach." Leeves also appeared in the film "Music of the Heart," which co-starred Meryl Streep.

Leeves is no stranger to honors. In June 2011, she – along with co-stars Bertinelli, Malick and White – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor. Earlier that year, "Hot in Cleveland" was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Jane also founded the Tellurian Foundation, a line of all natural skin care and baby products. A portion of the profits are donated to those who strive to provide help to those in need. More information can be for on the foundation’s website,

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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Character Bio

Joy Scroggs is THE eyebrow styling queen of Beverly Hills. She was engaged once in her 20s (but was left at the altar); she had a child at 15 and gave him up for adoption. Now in her mid-40s, Joy doesn't suffer fools lightly; she's judgmental and calls 'em as she sees 'em. On the surface, she's cynical and pessimistic, yet inside, she's vulnerable and an utter romantic. She has a strong and instant dislike toward caretaker Elka, perhaps because the two have more in common than either would like to admit.

Hot in Cleveland TV Schedule

December 1
LeBron is Le Gone
Melanie dates a basketball coach for the Cavaliers who still isn't over LeBron James leaving Cleveland. Guest Stars: Jon Lovitz
Elka's Snowbird
Elka tries to convince Max, who is pining to fly to Florida, that she can keep him warm in the cold Cleveland winter. Guest Stars: Carl Reiner
December 2
Elka's trial has come at last, and her fate will be decided. What will the verdict be? Guest Stars: Sherri Shepherd, Amy Sedaris
Where's Elka? Part 2
Elka's on the lam and the women go looking for her in Amish country. Guest Stars: Amy Sedaris, George Wendt
December 3
How I Met My Mother
The son that Joy gave up for adoption stops by for a surprise visit.
Unseparated at Birthdates
In this birthdates episode: Elka plays dumb to land a rich bachelor, Melanie's date is holier than thou, Joy only likes hers when he's not himself and Victoria gets double what she bargained for. Guest Star: John Mahoney