1955 – Born in Carbondale, Illinois on the 16th of June.
1977 – Metcalf attended Illinois State University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theater.
1981 – Metcalf began her professional career at Steppenwolf, she was brought on as a performer on Saturday Night Live for their cast, but appeared in only one episode before the season abruptly ended due to a writer’s strike; she was not asked back in the fall.
1983 – Metcalf went to New York to appear in a Steppenwolf production of Balm in Gilead.
1984 – She received the Obie Award for Best Actress.
1995 – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Roseanne.
1999 – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, 3rd Rock From the Sun
2006 – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Monk.