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Roseanne

Laurie Metcalf

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

Wednesday
November 26
3:16am
Guilt by Imagination
Dan has a hard time concealing the fact that he had lunch with an old flame. Guest Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Fabio
TV-PG
3:54am
Homecoming
Becky and Mark return home for Dan's high school football team's 20th anniversary party.
TV-G
Thursday
November 27
3:16am
The Driver's Seat
Roseanne's car is stolen - by DJ, and her violent reaction frightens her that she may repeat the pattern of her own abuse as a child.
TV-G
3:54am
Suck Up Or Shut Up
Roseanne joins a women's club in hopes of establishing useful contacts, leaving DJ high and dry with a weird classmate whose mother also belongs.Guest Star: Florence Henderson
TV-G
Friday
November 28
3:16am
We Gather Together
It's Thanksgiving Day, and Jackie finally tells Bev about her new job.Guest Stars: Ned Beatty, Stephen Dorff, Estelle Parsons
TV-G
3:54am
Thanksgiving 1991
Thanksgiving brings four generations together to cope with a surprise announcement from Bev. Guest Stars: Estelle Parsons, Shelley Winters
TV-PG
4:27am
Thanksgiving '93
The Connors' dysfunctional-family Thanksgiving finds Becky preparing the bird, Dan and Mark duking it out, and an absent-minded Nana Mary revealing Bev's secret about her marriage. Guest Star: Shelley Winters
TV-G
5:00am
Thanksgiving 1994
Thanksgiving is a real turkey at the Conner household when Roseanne gets alarming medical news.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Last Thursday in November
When D.J.'s teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist.
TV-G