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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

October 8
Suck Up Or Shut Up
When Roseanne joins a stuffy women's group with the intention of increasing business at the diner, it puts D.J. in a tough spot with a schoolmate. Meanwhile, Becky and Mark squabble over Mark's attendance at school.
Dan tries to act as peacemaker between Becky and Mark. Roseanne heads to Chicago when she learns David and Darlene are living together.
David vs. Goliath
Becky convinces Dan to hire Mark at the garage. Jackie is torn when Fred offers to support her and her unborn baby financially.
October 9
Everyone Comes to Jackie's
Upset over David living with Darlene, Roseanne attempts to convince Dan to let David move back into the Conner household.
Don't Make Room For Daddy
Roseanne finds herself in the midst of a huge family squabble when Fred decides to take Dan's advice and sue pregnant Jackie for custody of the unborn child.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
When Roseanne and pregnant Jackie visit a gay bar with Nancy and her friend, Sharon, Roseanne feels pretty smug and cool - until she is overwhelmed by a surprisingly affectionate admirer.
October 10
Labor Day
The usual symptoms - panic, pain and incredible joy - announce the imminent arrival of Jackie's child. Even though Fred is the father, Roseanne struggles to limit his participation in the process.
Past Imperfect
Roseanne and Dan have different ideas about covering one of Dan's father's missed alimony payments. Meanwhile, new parents, Fred and Jackie, still can't figure out whether they love each other or not.
Lies My Father Told Me
Ed is lying to Dan about the mental state of his mother. But Roseanne tries to get Dan to accept that the lie was really an act of kindness.
I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep
When Roseanne accepts delivery of too many new stoves for her diner, young D.J., who has found religion, begins spouting words of conscience and surprises Roseanne with some serious ethical questions.
Body by Jake
When Bev breaks her pelvis in the retirement home, Roseanne and Dan are shocked to find out how it happened. As a result, Bev is forced to move in with them rather than die of embarrassment in the retirement community.
Isn't It Romantic
While Fred seeks advice on how to propose marriage to Jackie, Dan and Roseanne are rekindling their romance with inspiration from the soap opera "One Life to Live."
Altar Egos
When they have a titanic ego clash, Roseanne is worried about the future of Fred and Jackie's relationship. It seems they just can't make up their minds, or egos, about walking down the aisle together.
Nine Is Enough
Roseanne's announcement that she is pregnant again leads to her and Dan debating kicking Becky out of the house to make room. Jackie and Fred squabble over sleeping arrangements.