Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseDerek Bryceson, Hugo van Lawick
MarkShe often wears her hair in a ponytail and has a calm, serene demeanor.
FactShe was raised and still lives in Bournemouth,England.

Jane Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist who has dedicated her life to understanding the behavior and social interactions of chimpanzees. She is best known for her groundbreaking work at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, where she observed and documented the chimpanzees’ use of tools and their complex social relationships.

Goodall was born in London, England, on April 3, 1934. Her parents, Mortimer and Margaret Goodall, encouraged her love of animals from an early age. When she was just a toddler, she was given a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee, which she cherished. Goodall’s passion for animals led her to study zoology at the University of Cambridge.

After graduation, Goodall traveled to Africa to study chimpanzees in their natural habitat. In 1960, she began her groundbreaking work at Gombe Stream National Park. For more than 50 years, Goodall has continued her research at Gombe, as well as other sites in Africa. She has also worked to protect chimpanzees and their habitats through her work with the Jane Goodall Institute.

Goodall’s work has revolutionized our understanding of chimpanzees and their behavior. She has shown that chimpanzees are capable of using tools, engaging in complex social interactions, and displaying a wide range of emotions. Her work has also shed light on the similarities between humans and chimpanzees, and has helped to raise awareness about the importance of conservation.

Goodall has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the National Geographic Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kyoto Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2002, she was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Goodall is also an accomplished author. She has written more than 20 books, including her autobiography, “In the Shadow of Man,” and “My Life with the Chimpanzees,” which chronicles her work at Gombe.

Goodall is married to Derek Bryceson, a conservationist from Tanzania. The couple has one son, Hugo Eric Louis.

General Info

Full NameJane Goodall
ProfessionActor, Anthropologist, Screenwriter, Researcher, Primatologist
EducationDarwin College, Cambridge, Newnham College, Cambridge


SpouseDerek Bryceson, Hugo van Lawick
ChildrenHugo Eric Louis van Lawick
ParentsMortimer Herbert Morris-Goodall, Margaret Myfanwe Joseph
SiblingsJudith Goodall


AwardsWilliam Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, Hubbard Medal, Franklin Institute Awards, Community of Christ International Peace Award, Nierenberg Prize, Bambi - Our Earth, Edinburgh Medal, Glamour Award for The Environmentalist

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#Marks / Signs
1She often wears her hair in a ponytail and has a calm, serene demeanor.


1I think these films, including 'Monkey Kingdom', have been valuable in raising awareness. Some people say the commentaries are a little much - the way the narrator puts words in the animals' mouths. To me, it's a perfectly acceptable twist that's really to attract children. We must keep the children involved, and very often their mothers and fathers too.
2On 3lst January 1961, during my first year studying the chimpanzees of Gombe in Tanzania, a young chimpanzee named Ham hurtled into space and back in a Mercury capsule, paving the way for US astronauts to make similar journeys. Today, 48 years later, I would like to thank the astronauts, Robert Crippen (Robert L. Crippen) and Scott Carpenter, for honoring these chimpanzees and recognizing the contribution made by Gromek, Dana and Gogi, as well as those who never found sanctuary. [at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Florida on April 30, 2009]
3I fell in love with Tarzan and I was very jealous of that wretched, wimpy Jane of his.


1She travels around the world and lectures on her organization, the Jane Goodall Foundation. [2004]
2She will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree at the Rutgers University (State University of New Jersey) commencement ceremonies for graduate students on May 16, 2005 and will give the commencement address at Rutgers University-Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 17, 2005. [May 2005]
3Goodall was at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Florida on April 30, 2009, when astronauts Scott Carpenter and Robert L. Crippen visited to pay tribute to the chimps who paved the way for the United States' successful missions into space and to acknowledge the chimps' contributions to the space program. Save the Chimps was established in 1997 in response to the U.S. Air Force's announcement that it was getting out of the chimpanzee research business. In 1999, Save the Chimps was awarded permanent custody of 21 chimps, survivors and descendants of those captured in Africa in the 1950s and used by the Air Force as test subjects for the original NASA space program. This event marked the first time astronauts visited the sanctuary. Goodall read a statement and presented Commander Carpenter and Captain Crippen with a plaque to honor their extraordinary efforts to the United States space program and for their recognition of the chimpanzees.
5Grandmother of Merlin van Lawick and Angel van Lawick.
6In January 2006, she was inducted by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin as an Officer of the French Legion of Honor, France's highest honor. In a separate ceremony in Paris that same week, she received the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal.
7In 2002, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan named her a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
8Her son, with Hugo Van Lawick, is named Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick, but he has always been called Grub (and sometimes Grublin). He was born in 1967.
9She was raised and still lives in Bournemouth,England.
10Her first husband was a Dutch Baron and, thus, she was called Baroness van Lawick-Goodall while married to him.
11She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the environment and Conservation.
12She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the environment and conservation.
13Along with Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas, she is known as a "Trimate", one of the 3 most prominent researchers on primates. "Fossey" on gorillas, "Goodall" on chimpanzees and "Galdikas" on orangutans.




Natural World2009TV Series documentary scientific advisor - 1 episode
Nature2009TV Series documentary scientific advisor - 1 episode
Evolution2002TV Series documentary advisor - 5 episodes


People of the Forest: The Chimps of Gombe1988TV Movie documentary
The World About Us1975-1976TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes


The World About Us1975-1976TV Series documentary 2 episodes


Me... Jane2015Short voice
Webnation2007TV SeriesGuest


Gorillaville2014-2017TV Series short special thanks - 22 episodes
Chimpanzee2012Documentary thanks
Chasing Ice2012Documentary the filmmakers wish to thank - as Jane Goodall DBE Ph.D.
National Geographic Specials2003TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
People of the Forest: The Chimps of Gombe1988TV Movie documentary thanks
Bij de beesten af1972Documentary thanks - as Dr. Jane van Lawick-Goodall


Jane's Journey2010DocumentaryHerself
Gomorron2010TV SeriesHerself - Schimpansforskaren
Bill Moyers' Journal2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Chwilami zycie bywa znosne...2010DocumentaryHerself
Martha2008TV SeriesHerself
Dead Society2007DocumentaryHerself
Live Earth2007TV Special documentaryHerself
La nit al dia2007TV SeriesHerself
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesGuest
Jane Goodall's Heroes2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2006TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself
Naturally, Sadie2005TV SeriesHerself
Jane Goodall: When Animals Talk2005TV Movie documentary
Jane Goodall's Return to Gombe2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Last of the Wild Chimps2004Short documentaryHerself
Horizon2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Poisoning for Profit2003Video documentary shortHerself
From the Ground to the Cloud: Transforming Chimpanzee Conservation with High-Tech Tools2003Video documentary shortHerself
National Geographic Specials1965-2003TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself (the Jane Goodall Institute)
One Small Step: The Story of the Space Chimps2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees2002DocumentaryHerself / Narrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2002TV SeriesHerself
The Wild Thornberrys2001TV SeriesHerself
Gaia Symphony IV2001Documentary
Heroes for the Planet: A Tribute to National Geographic2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
On the Edge1998/IDocumentaryHerself (primatologist)
Land der Berge1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Life on Earth: A True Civilisation1996DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee
Sex and the Scientists: Beauty and the Beasts1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Natural World1984-1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHerself
Reading Rainbow1994TV SeriesHerself
Changing Minds, Changing Times1991Documentary shortHerself
Chimps: So Like Us1990Documentary shortHerself
Jane Goodall: A Life in the Wild1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
People of the Forest: The Chimps of Gombe1988TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Among the Wild Chimpanzees1984TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1984TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Dr. Goodall
The World About Us1973-1975TV Series documentaryHerself
Jane Goodall and the World of Animal Behavior: The Wild Dogs of Africa1973TV Movie documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Elephant DaZeDocumentary filmingHerself -Scientist
The Imagineering StoryDocumentary filming
Seed: The Untold Story2016DocumentaryHerself
Hope for All: Unsere Nahrung - unsere Hoffnung2016DocumentaryHerself
Democracy Now!2013-2016TV SeriesHerself
Le grand 82015TV SeriesHerself
World Animal News2015TV SeriesHerself
Real Time with Bill Maher2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Time to Choose2015DocumentaryHerself
Medicine of the Wolf2015Documentary
The Price2015/IDocumentaryHerself
Racing Extinction2015DocumentaryHerself (Jane Goodall Institute)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesHerself
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hadza: Last of the First2014DocumentaryHerself - Primatologist
Katie2014TV SeriesHerself
Nova2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Visions for the Future2013Documentary shortHerself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Generació digital2013TV SeriesHerself
Unter Menschen2013DocumentaryHerself
2013 Tournament of Roses Parade2013TV MovieHerself - Honorary Grand Marshal
The Hour2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America1982-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Daily Show2009-2012TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Weihnachten auf Gut Aiderbichl2011TV MovieHerself
LoveMEATender2011DocumentaryHerself - President of Jane Goodall Institute
Surviving Progress2011DocumentaryHerself - Primatologist
Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Earth Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHerself (2011)
The 7PM Project2011TV SeriesHerself
Closing a Deadly Gateway2010ShortHerself
Bambi Verleihung 20102010TV MovieHerself - Winner
60 Minutes2010TV Series documentaryHerself (segment "Jane Goodall")
Jane Goodall: Beauty and the Beasts2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Iconoclasts2010TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Vegan 20152015Documentary shortHerself
Hubert von Goisern - Brenna tuat's schon lang2015DocumentaryHerself
Hubert von Goisern - 60 Jahre und kein bisschen leise2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
60 Minutes2012TV Series documentaryHerself (segment "Jane Goodall")
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHerself
Democracy Now!2010TV SeriesHerself
Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Heroes of Jules Verne Festival2010DocumentaryHerself
La nit al dia2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Nova2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Way We Went Wild2004TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Double Helix: The DNA Years2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
30 Years of National Geographic Specials1995TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2010Special AwardBambi AwardsFor her extraordinary work.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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