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The world is acquainted with the actor Tony Goldwyn for his movie stardom, yet not as many know his wife, Jane Musky. Her contributions may have been witnessed in numerous blockbusters featuring her husband. However, many remain unaware that she is the mastermind behind these achievements.

This is primarily because Musky, in contrast to her husband, operates behind the scenes in ensuring that the sets and quality of films and TV productions meet high standards. Equally accomplished in the realm of showbiz, Musky also played a pivotal role in securing her husband’s first prominent screen role.

But who exactly is Jane Musky? What are some of her noteworthy accomplishments?

Jane Musky’s biography

Jane Musky

Jane Michelle Musky is a prolific American production designer and art director. She was born on May 27, 1954, in Maplewood, New Jersey, USA. She was raised in a musically-inclined family as her father was a well-known musician, while her mother worked in real estate. As a result, Musky was said to have developed a strong affinity for the arts.

She attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. She relocated to New York and took a job as an art designer at the New York Theatre, driven by her desire to establish herself in Hollywood—a decision that would eventually be a life-changing one for her.

Currently known as one of the most talked about people in the business, Musky has worked as a production designer on over 40 films in the last 30 years.

Working behind the scenes with big names in the movie industry, Musky worked alongside directors like Mike Newell, Ivan Reitman, Andy Tennant, Gus Van Sant, Jerry Zucker, James Foley and The Coen Brothers. It was during her job that she met her husband, Tony Goldwyn, a popular actor. The couple has two kids currently.

According to reports, she stands at 6 feet, 1 inch tall.

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Jane Musky’s career

Jane Musky at work
Source: Myles Aronowitz

Musky began her career in the New York Theatre before moving on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She then worked as a production designer at London’s Harker’s Studio. Her abilities were further tested and enhanced while she was employed as a scenic artist and assistant designer for prominent organisations such as the English National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Pinewood Studios.

However, it was in the 1990s that she gained widespread recognition when her name was associated with the popular movie: When Harry Met Sally. Her exceptional style, talent and craftsmanship from behind-the-scenes earned accolades from around the globe for her work in the film, Ghost.

Musky was the production designer in the 1992 crime drama, Glengarry Glen Ross. which starred notable performers Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino. 

In 2005, Musky worked on Hitch, which earned her fame and admiration. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Art Direction” and a “Best Set Decoration Award”.

Throughout her illustrious career, she has contributed to over 30 movies, including My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Beauty Hunter, Manhattan, The Seagull, Raising Arizona Glengarry Glen Ross and The Seagull.

Musky’s successes as a renowned art director, alongside her connection to her husband’s significant popularity in Hollywood, have enhanced her recognition. 

Jane Musky smile

Jane Musky’s net worth

According to reports, Musky has an estimated net worth of $4 million. 

Jane Musky’s family

Musky comes from a family with roots in both creative and practical vocations. While her mother, Olga Peter (formerly known as Olga Badaukus), was engaged in the real estate business as a broker, her father, John Peter, was a musician.

Musky is married to actor Tony Goldwyn. The couple has two daughters, Tess Frances Goldwyn and Anna Musky-Goldwyn. 

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Musky’s first daughter, Anna, was born in 1990 and currently works as a screenwriter and fitness enthusiast. Her Instagram bio describes her as a cycling instructor and the co-founder of a podcast, “Political Playlist”. Anna has been credited as a screenwriter in the movies – Supergirl (2015) and The Labyrinth (2017). She was a crew member in the movie Dilated (2010).

Jane Musky's family selfie

Musky’s second daughter, Tess, is an actress, director,  and producer. She is known for her work in films like Redglags, But I’m Here Too, Within Reach and the 2021 TV series, Screwed.

Musky’s husband, Anthony Howard Goldwyn, born on May 20, 1960, is a versatile American actor, singer, producer, director, and political activist. He hails from Los Angeles, California, and is the son of actress Jennifer Howard and film producer, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Goldwyn’s acting career took off in the mid-1980s. His breakthrough came when he starred as “Carl Bruner” in the fantasy thriller film, Ghost. The film received critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for “Best Original Screenplay”. Goldwyn’s performance earned him a Saturn Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actor”.

Additionally, he has appeared in the comedy series Designing Women, taking on the role of “Kendall Dobbs”. He also voiced the titular character in Disney’s 1999 animated feature film Tarzan, which achieved commercial success.

He had a recurring role as “Frank Goren” in the NBC-Universal drama, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He has appeared in films such as Divergent, The Belko Experiment, and the critically acclaimed King Richard. He also took on the role of “President Fitzgerald Grant III” in the ABC legal/political drama series, Scandal, from 2012 to 2018.

Moreover, he had a hand in both acting and directing during the first season of Showtime’s Dexter. He has directed several feature films and directing episodes of various television series, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Aside from his film performances, Goldwyn also has had a great run with theatrical stage performances. He appeared in Off-Broadway shows at Second Stage Theatre and on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Jane Musky and Tony Goldwyn

Jane Musky and Tony Goldwyn

Musky and her husband, Goldwyn, met after being introduced by the latter’s college best buddy, who went on to play a crucial role in Goldwyn’s life by becoming the godfather of their daughter, Anna. When Goldwyn was 21 years old, a buddy of his organised a jogging expedition and invited him and Musky, who was someone Goldwyn had a fascination with at that time.

Goldwyn revealed in an interview that during their run, their jogging route took them to a pond, where they made an unplanned decision to go swimming. The presence of “living things” in the water, in particular, made Goldwyn’s friend hesitant to join the swim. 

The friend in question gradually retreated after the trio’s repeated running adventures and left Goldwyn and Musky, a moment which allowed the pair to bond and establish a connection.

Following a period of courtship, the couple got married on April 18, 1987.

A turning point in their journey occurred a few years into their marriage when Musky was instrumental in getting Goldwyn a role in the 1990 movie, Ghost. When speaking about his wife, Goldwyn has always had nothing but praise and appreciation for Musky.

In one of his interviews, he was quoted as saying, “From the moment I met her at 21, I had this sense that I should hold on tightly, for an opportunity like this wouldn’t come around again.”

Musky’s marriage to Golwyn is currently in its 36th year and the couple seems to still be going strong. 

Jane Musky’s age

Musky was born on May 27, 1954. She is currently 69 years old as of 2023.

She falls under the Gemini Zodiac sign.

Jane Musky now

In recent times, Jane Musky has continued to work behind the scenes as a production manager and art director. Also, she has been seen on multiple occasions enjoying quality time with her family in photos from her daughter’s Instagram page.

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