Jayne Houdyshell (THS 1971)

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee


Her Topeka High activities foretold Ms. Houdyshell’s future. President of the Gertrude Wheeler Troop No. 210, she starred in her senior year as Miss Moffat in Emlyn Williams’ play “The Corn is Green” and as Veta Louise Simmons in “Harvey” along with being a member of the Madrigals. Graduating from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and after performing in numerous Midwestern theatres, in 1980 she moved to New York and continued in regional and off Broadway theatre along with some television and film work. In 2006 Ms. Houdyshell made her Broadway debut in the play “Well” earning her rave reviews in the New York papers plus a Tony Award nomination; she has an Obie Award to her credit as well as other acting laurels.