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Jane Kaczmarek’s ‘Clothes Off Our Back’ Still Going Strong

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois)’s charity that she co-founded with ex-husband Bradley Whitford, Clothes Off Our Back is still going strong, now into eight years of operation.

For the uninitiated, Clothes Off Our Back is a charity where celebrity attire is donated and then auctioned to raise funds for a number of charities, including Feeding America, Malaria No More and more.

Unfortunately, we have just missed the auction for a Breaking Bad DVD, autographed by Bryan Cranston and the rest of the cast, but there are still more items up for auction, including clothing worn by none other than Justin Bieber, shirts from Jerry Lewis and stuffed bears signed by young celebrities.

You can bid on any of these items to support the charities, or if celebrity clothing is not your thing, you can still make a donation to their cause.

December 19th, 2010 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford’s Divorce Finalised

Bradley Whitford with Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) and her now ex-husband Bradley Whitford are now officially divorced, a little over a year after announcing their ‘irreconcilable differences’.

The Toronto Sun reports:

Bradley Whitford’s 18-year marriage to Jane Kaczmarek is officially over – the former couple’s divorce has been finalised.

The West Wing star and the Malcolm In The Middle actress filed for a legal separation over the summer and their union was officially dissolved this week.

The former couple split their assets evenly and will share custody of their three children, according to

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, which was published earlier this month, Kaczmarek admitted she has a new boyfriend and is looking forward to moving on with her life.

She said, “The good thing is you realise you have the chance to completely redefine yourself and start your life over, whether you want to or not. That has also, in a funny way, reinvigorated my desire to act again…

“I now have a house, my children, and I’m dating a nice fellow… My kids have a great dad… Brad was the love of my life. We were happy for a long, long time. I don’t know. Things evolve, right?”

Whitford did of course star in The West Wing, but also made a guest appearance on Malcolm in the Middle in the episode Company Picnic in Season 3.

November 15th, 2010 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek On Co-parenting

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) was recently interviewed by Celebrity Baby Scoop about co-parenting and how her divorce with Bradley Whitford has affected her relationship with her children.

Interestingly, she seems to be fairly content at the moment to be having a break from the acting business to look after her children and participate in her community.

Jane Kaczmarek wants you to have the clothes off her back….literally! The lovable TV mom from Malcolm in the Middle sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop and talked about her charity auction on Clothes Off Our Back, how her three children are doing, and how she finds strength in Buddhist wisdom while co-parenting with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Bradley Whitford.

CBS: Tell about Conagra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally Celebrity Auction.

JK: “Clothes Off Our Back started doing online celebrity auctions for selected charities every year. We would do a local charity, national charity and international charity. Feeding America approached us with the idea of doing an online yard sale of celebrity stuff. Clothes, shoes, bags, etc. used and worn by celebrities, and 100% proceeds go back to Feeding America.

To get involved, you just log on to our site and bid on your favorite items through May 18th. There are some really fun things: Dana Delaney’s Desperate Housewives dress, Courteney Cox’s BCBG Girls tank tops, skirts and sweaters, David Arquette’s golf bag, Alison Sweeney’s dresses and much more.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are very active with Feeding America so they’re always very generous. There is so many children in need and so many fabulous clothes and items celebrities might never use again. The buyer gets something very nice and the money really goes to a great cause.

Clothes Off Our Back will always have auctions going on. I’ve always said about Hollywood that there are three seasons, mudslides, fires, and award shows. There are always great events going on on that we can grab some celebrity items from. People like to have a little bit of Hollywood. We started with evening gowns and tuxedos and when the economy changed, we added smaller items like dvds and books so we have something for everyone.”

CBS: What are some of the other charities that benefit?

JK: “This year, we work with Feeding America, the largest food bank in the U.S., Hope North, a school and rehab camp for child soldiers from wars in Uganda and Malaria No More. Malaria is the number one killer of children in the world and just $10 buys one net. So you look at a pair of David Arquette sneakers for $40 and that can go toward 4 malaria nets and save the lives of 4 kids. We also support the Mattel Children’s Hospital here in Los Angeles, fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.”

CBS: Tell us why you started the Clothes Off Our Back organization.

JK: “I have always said I’m just a Polish girl from Milwaukee that happened to get lucky in Hollywood. I could not believe that when Malcolm in the Middle became so successful and when my husband’s West Wing was so successful that we got so much stuff. We would get so many clothes. Designers would make something and hope that you wore it and then it was archived as they say.

Many times you were just photographed wearing it and then it that was it. I could not believe how much free stuff we received and then it was just wasted. So we came up with this idea to sell it online. An auction where we could do something with all this bounty and give the money to charity.
I have three very healthy children that are never going to have to worry about schooling or being hungry and there are so many children in the world confronted with that every day. So I thought it would be a good way to raise money for those less fortunate children.”

CBS: Speaking of your children, you are mom to three kids: Frances, 13, George, 10, and Mary, 7. How are they doing? What are they into?
JK: “That was just George calling from school. There is an assembly today and he’s in the choir which is performing. He was in a panic because they were supposed to wear a white button-down shirt and he doesn’t have it. So we need to drive it over. My oldest is involved with Girl Scouts and we just went to San Francisco for a Girl Scouts bridging ceremony. They bridge from being juniors to cadettes. We all walked over the Golden Gate Bridge together. My youngest, Mary Louisa is 7 and in the first grade. She’s just in love with life. Everything is an exciting experience when you’re 7 years old. They’re doing just great, thank you.”

CBS: How are you doing as a single mom to three kids, do you have time to yourself?

JK: “My ex, or soon-to-be ex (the divorce is not final yet) is in Texas doing a TV series. So he’s gone and I empathize with single mothers. It’s just a lot to schedule between baseball, girl scouts, piano lessons and ballet. It’s extremely time consuming but I love making supper and having everyone in the kitchen at night. And I love being there when they wake up in the morning.
Malcolm was a great show it was on for a long time. It was a lot of hours and I had two of my kids while doing the show. I am just very grateful that I can be around a lot now and take care of them and our auctions for Clothes Off Our Back. I just ran a pilot that did not get picked up so the bad news is I don’t have a job, the good news is I get to spend more time at home, which makes me very happy.”

CBS: What is it like now that you are co-parenting with your soon-to-be ex-husband Brad Whitford? Do you share custody and have you been able to create a harmonious system?

JK: No, not yet, we hope to though. He has been gone since January and he has been coming back every other weekend and has the kids. But since he has been working in Texas, they are really with me. For right now that is how it’s working and you always have to put the kids first. We’re still in the same neighborhood, they walk to school and they have the same friends. I always say we are just a family that lives in two different houses so there will be a lot to figure out when he comes back.”

CBS: Do you have any advice for parents who are co-parenting with their exes?

JK: “Be as flexible as possible. I have found that it really doesn’t make much difference at the end of the day what caused the divide. Children pick up on how well the two of you are getting along. So even if you feel you are completely justified to be mad at the guy or vice versa, it just causes them so much pain to sense that between you. They love both of you and anything you say or do to put the other one down causes just the opposite to happen and just comes back to slap you in the face.

There is a Buddhist thing that a friend told me about which is that Buddhists believe in reincarnation and at one time everybody was each other’s mother. What I mean by that is my soon to be ex-husband, according to Buddhist beliefs, was at one time my mother in another life. It forced me to think about things in a different way. How you would treat your mother if you were going through this with her? I love my mother and I’m very close with my mother.
So, there are times that he gets very frustrating and I get very upset and I try to remember if this were my mother right now, how would I respond to her in this situation? It really calms me down. Everyone’s divorce is different. Brad is a great guy, a wonderful man, a great father. Maybe someday I will understand more of what happened, in the meantime you just have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. And I don’t think anyone sets out to hurt anybody, I just think that a lot of pain happens and comes from things not turning out the way you want them to. I just think we are all on a journey here and how you behave on your journey is all we need to focus on.”

CBS: What’s next for you? You mentioned you were working on a pilot that did not get picked up. Is there anything else on the horizon?
JK: “Nooo (laughs). I have a house in Connecticut and I love going back there for August. The bad news is the show didn’t get picked up, but the good news is I can go to Connecticut in August. It’s much easier to plan vacation time, that’s for sure. I’ve been acting since I was 15.

Doing Malcolm that long kind of got that out of my system. I won’t travel out of town for work. I don’t like being away from my kids. I like my community. I live in Pasedena which is a beautiful place to live. I’m active in music classes at the Pasedena Conservatory of Music, I’m in a book group that is very challenging and I take letter press at the Arts Armory. I have a very full life.”

Source: Celebrity Baby Scoop

May 29th, 2010 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek on ‘Jeopardy’ Celebrity Invitational

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) founded the charity Clothes Off Our Back, which auctions off celebrity attire and other memorabilia to benefit childrens’ charities. This month, she appeared on quiz show Jeopardy‘s Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational, competing for her charity. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it past the semi-finals.

Here is a ‘highlights’ video of Jane competing on the show.

As well as the highlights, you can see Jane here speaking about the charity.

Source: CBS TV — ‘Jeopardy’ on YouTube

Thanks Gill

May 29th, 2010 (1) Comments - Post a Comment

Frankie Muniz and Jane Kaczmarek ‘Salute’ TV Dad Bryan Cranston

Frankie, Jane and Bryan at Salute to TV Dads

18 June 2009 – Its been rare in recent years to see more than two Malcolm cast members together, but the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences (the organisation behind the Emmys) held a Father’s Day ‘Salute To TV Dads’ event and Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) and Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) went to recognise Bryan Cranston and his portrayal of Hal (and his more recent Walter White in Breaking Bad).

Bryan joined other beloved screen dads Dick Van Patten, Dick Van Dyke, Reginald VelJohnson, Patrick Duffy, Michael Gross, Bill Paxton, Jon Cryer and Stephen Collins. Bryan chatted about his dad, influences and the ‘birds and the bees’ in the above video. Below Frankie (with girlfriend Elycia Marie) talks about growing up with Bryan.

Frankie and Bryan at Salute to TV Dads

Frankie and Bryan at Salute to TV Dads

More photos in our GALLERY.

Source: jimlongworth, TimeTV, ETOnline

October 6th, 2009 (4) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek ‘Raising The Bar’ Update

Jane Kaczmarek in Raising The Bar

Jane stars in legal drama Raising the Bar as Judge Trudy Kessler on TNT. We posted the whole first episode of Season 1 a while back, but now the Season 1 DVD is out and available on

Season 2 started airing in June and has just finished mid-season with 12 episodes. The final 3 of the season will air early next year (2010).

Added to our GALLERY

We currently don’t know if the show will be picked up for a 3rd Season.


September 19th, 2009 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek ‘I take classes in letterpress, oil painting and music theory’

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois)Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) did a short interview with in June (before the divorce news broke) She seems very upbeat, “It’s a wonderful life” we can only guess if this was genuine or if she was just keeping things private.

» EXPRESS: “Raising the Bar” is such a change from your “Malcolm” days.
» KACZMAREK: The funny thing is that I went to Yale School of Drama, and the work that I got for years afterwards was serious stuff. I couldn’t even get auditions for comedies! After “Malcolm,” people now think of me as such a comedian. But “Raising the Bar” is really returning to what I’ve done for most of my career.

» EXPRESS: Do you prefer being on a drama?
» KACZMAREK: Doing comedy is really a blast, but “Malcolm” had its challenges, like working with children all the time. What I really love about “Raising the Bar” is working with adults. It’s fun to go to work and be surrounded by grown-ups — really, really good-looking grown-ups.

» EXPRESS: It is a very young, attractive cast.
» KACZMAREK: At 53, I’m the veteran. When I hang out with the other actors, I think, “Boy, they know a lot about computers and popular music.” And then I realize it’s because they’re 20 years younger. It’s funny to work with these boys who you think are so cute, and then you realize you could easily be their mother.

» EXPRESS: You once said a great thing about playing a judge was getting to wear comfy clothes under your robe.
» KACZMAREK: If there’s one thing that every actress asks before a scene, it’s “Are you going to see my feet?” If you are, you put on your beautiful shoes that are killing you. If you’re not, you put on your Uggs.

» EXPRESS: Your wardrobe must be all black robes and fancy collars.
» KACZMAREK: I love that because my character is unmarried, has no children and has no life other than her political aspirations, she really dolls herself up. You mostly see the robe, but they always add beautiful scarves, earrings and bracelets.

» EXPRESS: Are you a clotheshorse in real life?
» KACZMAREK: As I’ve gotten older, I realize I have a lot of beautiful things. What am I saving them for? Now I take the time in the morning to put on a nice necklace and a bangle. I feel so much better when I’ve put attention into what I’m wearing.

» EXPRESS: Your charity,, auctions celebrity clothes and swag for children’s groups.
» KACZMAREK: When Brad was on “West Wing” and “Malcolm” was in its heyday, you wouldn’t believe the stuff we’d get! If you were a presenter at an awards show, they would give you a gift basket that they’d usually have to wheel out to your car. It would make me anxious. I knew something had to be done with it.

» EXPRESS: You’ve kept busy since “Malcolm.”
» KACZMAREK: I take classes in letterpress, oil painting and music theory. I’m having a mad affair with Beethoven! It’s a wonderful life — kind of like college again.


September 15th, 2009 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek has ‘The Jiggles’ [Music]

Jane and Brad at CD Launch Party For A World Of Happiness 3 April 2004

April 3 2004 – Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) and then husband Brad launched the A World of Happiness music CD for kids. They sing a song entitled The Jiggles on the celeb filled album. Proceeds go to various charities, Jane picked the Children’s Defence Fund, who she often supports. The song is quite catchy and very well produced, I’m sure kids love it.

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At the launch event Jane and Brad taught kids The Jiggles dance, check out the photos in our GALLERY.

The CD was just recently re-issued so go and grab the whole album as an MP3 download on for $8.99 or just Jane’s track for $0.99 ( £6.99/£0.79)


September 14th, 2009 (3) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford Divorce

Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford at Davante Rodeo Drive Boutique Opening June 2007

Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford where married for 16 years and where considered one of the most successful celebrity couples. It certainly came as a shock to many. However with hindsight, we hadn’t seem them in public together for about a year. Bradley filled for divorce in June, they cite irreconcilable differences.

More interviewed Jane prior to the divorce going public and when asked about her love life “That’s a big no comment..” She continued by saying around her girlfriends she was able to be “safe and vulnerable” instead of “thinking I’m capable of doing everything,” she’s now inclined to call a friend and say, “Could you meet me tomorrow for coffee, I’m really in a bad place. It gives you such sustenance and courage to face whatever the day’s going to present to you.” She also said that while she once thought she could “go it alone and as long as I had some fabulous boy on my arm, or man, and my career was sailing, that’s all I needed,” she now realizes “how important, how healthy, and how necessary good supportive girlfriends are. To talk about kids, to talk about marriages, to talk about just life.”

There where reports that Jane was fighting for full custody of their children, however Jane said the break-up was amicable and custody will be split 50-50.

We hope that the process goes as smoothly as possible and are hearts are with their 3 children Mary (6) George (9) and Frances (12).

Source: More & | Thanks PBUNDY

September 14th, 2009 (6) Comments - Post a Comment

Jane Kaczmarek’s Most Prized Role is Mother of Three

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois)A highly interesting look into Jane’s life, in her own words.

There’s a saying that your emotional growth stops at the year you become famous – that’s if you become a celebrity when you’re 11, you never mature past the age of 11. My fame came when I was in my forties. I was grown up, so I think I was able to take the fame in stride. It was an odd coincidence that my career took off the same decade as having babies. I often wished it had been different, that I had my big career bump in my thirties and my babies in my forties or vice versa. I had been doing the acting thing for so long that when it took off with Malcolm, it was hard because my kids would want me home with them. Every time Brad and I went to the Emmy Awards, the kids would weep! As an actor, I was thrilled to be nominated for something and there were the kids, weeping! You’re torn.

When I was on Malcolm, I’d often work 14 hours on the set. I would go days without seeing my children. I’d see the kids at night and they’d say,
“Mommy, will we see you at breakfast?”
“No, honey, I’ve got to work at 5:30.”
“Will we see you at bedtime?”
“No, it’s going to be a late night tomorrow night.”
We had a lot of good people helping us and the kids were okay, but you pay a price for that. I like to be with my children – not just quality time, but quantity time. I like to be there in the morning when they’re waking up. I like to practice piano with them. I like to be there at supper. I need them as much as they need me. Working is not as important to me as being a mother is.

Taking on the role of Judge Kessler on Raising the Bar was much more of a practical decision than anything else.

My kids were born and growing up all during those seven years on Malcolm and that was a time-consuming enterprise. I took a couple of years off and didn’t work much and this came along. I told the producers [of Raising the Bar] my concerns: I wanted to be a full-time mom and work on a limited basis. And Judge Kessler was a character that I could do that with. I work about twenty days a year and I get to have my life the rest of the time. It’s a magnificent hobby.

I am thrilled to be back at work. Nothing feels better than doing a television show, having it be picked up and getting to film another season. That kind of stability in an actor’s life is very, very welcome. I’m also happy to go and be with grown ups every now and then. For two days an episode I get to go and have stimulating conversation with the people on Raising the Bar, who are funny and educated. People need that. Your brain would turn to mush if you were working on science fair projects all the time.

I’m lucky enough to make a living this way, to make choices as to how I want to spend my time. It’s important for women to be self-sufficient. To be able to make decisions about how you want to live and what you want to spend money on without having to ask someone else’s permission. That’s important to me.

There’s a wonderful quote from Marian Wright Edelman, who runs the Children’s Defense Fund: “Service is the rent we pay to be living.” The higher your intellectual or financial gifts, the higher your rent. In 2002, I started a foundation, “Clothes Off Our Backs,” which raises money for children’s charities by selling celebrity clothing and memorabilia through online auctions. We’ve raised over $4 million dollars all from, what I like to think of is, the embarrassment of riches. I always thought that, making it in Hollywood, I had a really high rent to pay. I have the greatest luxury of all, which is healthy children. That’s not the case for so many mothers and children in the world.

As for my daughters, I hope they learn from my experiences and the work that I’ve done. I hope they find some kind of employment that they love doing – something that feeds their creativity and their sense of order and their sense of productivity. I want them to always be aware of people less advantaged than they are. And I hope they know that the most important products you can have in your life are your children

As told to Katie Rogers

Source: Working Mother

September 12th, 2009 (1) Comments - Post a Comment

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