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Laurie Metcalf

Roseanne

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Jackie Harris

Laurie Metcalf is probably best known as the relationship-challenged Jackie Harris (a role that won her three Emmy Awards) on Roseanne, but her acting career began many years prior as one of the founding members of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. It was there she first worked with such fine actors as John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. She later earned kudos in the Broadway production of David Mamet's "November," and in 2009, she signed on to perform in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Bound for Broadway."

Metcalf made her film debut as Rosanna Arquette's sister-in-law in the 1985 cult film Desperately Seeking Susan. She has since appeared in the films Stop-Loss and Georgia Rule, and her easy-going affability has brought her equal success on TV, where her extensive resume includes The Big Bang Theory (with former Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki), Easy Money, Desperate Housewives and Third Rock from the Sun.

Fun fact: Metcalf's daughter Zoe played "Young Jackie Harris" when Roseanne featured flash-back episodes.

Character Bio

Poor, poor Jackie. Not only doesn't she know what career path to follow (assembly line worker at Wellman Plastics, long haul trucker, police officer, masseuse), she doesn't seem to have much luck with men, either. A long line of suitors (some with names like Booker, Fisher etc.) move in and out of her life like ships in a port.

Though she's as headstrong as Roseanne, Jackie lacks the street smarts of her big sister. Abusive relationships (both verbal and physical) and a lot of heartache are the result. Some of her troubles in life can clearly be traced to the bizarre relationship Jackie has with her parents: Her father was a physical abuser whose death is cause for morbid celebration, and her mother is a passive-aggressive emotional wreck. But her salvation, on a daily basis, is her big sister; it's Roseanne who guides her through the obstacle course of life.

One thing Jackie does enjoy is the sport of "mother-baiting" she'll do her best to get mom Bev's goat. She prefers doing it in person, telling her mother she's pregnant and plans to raise the child as a single mom. If that's not possible, a telephone call ending with the simple words "Bite me" will also do in a pinch.

Roseanne TV Schedule

Thursday
April 17
4:54am
Lanford Daze
Loretta Lynn moseys by during Lanford Days.
TV-G
Friday
April 18
1:30am
Crime and Punishment (Part 1 of 2)
Dan disciplines D.J. for taking offensive reading material to school - Darlene's comic book.
TV-PG
2:00am
War and Peace (Part 2 of 2)
Dan returns home to rampart rumors about his behavior.
TV-PG
2:36am
Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
The death of their father finds Jackie blubbering, but Roseanne angry.
TV-G
4:54am
First Cousin, Twice Removed
A wealthy and successful cousin whom Roseanne hasn't seen in 25 years comes to bury the hachet.
TV-G
Saturday
April 19
2:00am
It's a Boy
Roseanne wants Darlene's boyfriend David to move in with them.
TV-PG
2:30am
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today
For their anniversary, Roseanne poses in a sexy photo for Dan.
TV-G
12:00pm
Playing with Matches
Darlene wants nothing to do with David after Molly kisses him.
TV-PG
12:36pm
Promises, Promises
Darlene springs a prom-night surprise on David: she has rented a motel room.
TV-PG
1:12pm
Glengarry, Glen Rosey
Roseanne and Dan fear a financial crisis when they cannot sell the house they refurbished.
TV-G
1:48pm
Tooth or Consequences
Dan realizes that he needs a steady job to take care of his family when he accidentally knocks out one of Roseanne's teeth on the day she is to meet with a health inspector.
TV-PG
2:24pm
A Stash from the Past
Roseanne lectures David for getting high after she finds a stash of pot in the house -- then realizes it is hers from decades ago.
TV-PG