|Born||Kathleen Ann Bishop
January 14, 1945
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Life and career
Chalfant was born as Kathleen Ann Bishop in San Francisco, California and raised in her parents' boarding house in Oakland. Her father, William Bishop, was an officer in the Coast Guard. She studied acting with Wynn Handman, who was a protégé of Sanford Meisner and with Alessandro Fersen in Rome, Italy.
She was nominated for Broadway's 1993 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for her role in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches". Chalfant earned kudos for her performance as Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson's play Wit. She shaved her head for the role. During her work with Wit, she incorporated her experiences dealing with terminal cancer of her half-brother, Alan Palmer, who died in 1998. Her awards for her performance include the Outer Circle Critics, Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel awards. For her 2003 performance in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, Chalfant won a second Obie award.
In 1966, Chalfant married Henry Chalfant, a photographer and documentary filmmaker. They have a son, David Chalfant, who was the bass player for the folk-rock band, The Nields, and a daughter, Andromache, who is a set designer in New York.
In 2009, Chalfant performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film  that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[dead link]
Chalfant starred in an independent feature film, "Isn't It Delicious?", produced by Aquapio Films and directed by Michael Patrick Kelly. Chalfant portrayed Margaret Tilden in the first season of the Emmy-winning political drama, House of Cards.
- Search: Kathleen Bishop, familytreelegends.com
- Vincent Canby (18 October 1998). "Battered and Broken, So That She May Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- Robin Pogrebin (20 October 1998). "A Brother's Death Helps Bring a Performance to Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- Ben Brantley (7 April 2003). "Life a Bit of a Mess? Just Carry On, Dear". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- "Actress Kathleen Chalfant to Deliver Keynote at The Cooper Union's 151st Commencement Address". Cooper Union. 15 April 2010.
- Kathleen Chalfant at the Internet Broadway Database
- Kathleen Chalfant at the Internet Movie Database
- Kathleen Chalfant Biography from filmreference.com
- The People Speak at the Internet Movie Database