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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
September 3
2:38am
Body By Jake
Bev moves in after breaking her pelvis at the retirement home.
TV-PG
3:16am
Isn't It Romantic
Fred asks Roseanne how to propose to Jackie, then uses hints from Jackie's favourite soap opera.
TV-PG
3:54am
Altar Egos
Egos clash when Jackie and Fred can't make a decision about their marriage.
TV-G
4:27am
Nine is Enough
Space limitations prompt Dan and Roseanne to boot Becky and Mark.
TV-G
Thursday
September 4
2:38am
Two For One
Dan is anxious at the thought of Roseanne having another child.
TV-G
3:16am
Snoop Davey Dave
Hurt that he was dumped by Darlene, David tells her parents that she has been experimenting with drugs at college.
TV-PG
3:54am
Girl Talk
Dan, Mark and Fred indulge in a little "girl talk" and are horrified to discover what their respective wives have told each other.
TV-PG
4:27am
Sleeper
David has to move in with D.J. when the basement is flooded.
TV-PG
Friday
September 5
2:30am
Sleeper
David has to move in with D.J. when the basement is flooded.
TV-PG
3:00am
Skeleton In the Closet
Leon outdoes himself hosting a Halloween soire with the Lunch Box clan and a bevy of his gay friends.
TV-PG
3:30am
Follow the Son
D.J. wants out of his busboy job at the Lunch Box
TV-PG
4:00am
Punch and Jimmy
An impromptu visit to Darlene's apartment gives Roseanne a clearer picture of what Jimmy is all about.
TV-PG
4:30am
White Men Can't Kiss
D.J.'s refusal to kiss a black student in the school play brings Dan and Roseanne face to face with their own racial prejudices.
TV-G