Kathy Baker

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Kathy Baker
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Baker at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 1993
Born Katherine Whitton Baker
(1950-06-08) June 8, 1950 (age 63)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s)

Donald Camillieri (m. 1985–99)

Steven Robman (m. 2003)

Katherine Whitton "Kathy" Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an American stage, film and television actress.

Career[edit]

Baker began her career at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, performing in several of Sam Shepard's plays before getting her break in an off-Broadway production of Fool for Love opposite Ed Harris. Her recent projects include All the King's Men (2006) and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007).

She has appeared in numerous films including Edward Scissorhands, The Right Stuff, Street Smart, Jacknife, Inventing the Abbotts and Cold Mountain. As a small-town doctor in the David E. Kelley television series Picket Fences she won Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times in the show's four-year run (1993, 1995 and 1996).

Baker later re-teamed with Kelley, appearing in Boston Public as a teacher named Meredith Peters. Baker guest-starred in the premiere episode of the eighth season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, playing the role of an ambitious mother of a city politician with a dark family secret. She also had a recurring role in Medium as Allison DuBois's mother-in-law, and another one in Tom Selleck's periodic Jesse Stone crime dramas as Rose, a small-town police officer.

Personal life[edit]

Baker was born in Midland, Texas, and raised a Quaker[1] in New Mexico, the daughter of John Seawand Baker, a geologist and educator, and his French-born wife, Helene Andree (née Whitton).[2] She studied acting at the California Institute of the Arts in the early 1970s She later earned a B.A. degree in French in 1977 from UC Berkeley. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Steven Robman.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Right Stuff Louise Shepard
1986 A Killing Affair Maggie Gresham
1987 Street Smart Punchy Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1988 Permanent Record Martha Sinclair
1988 Clean and Sober Charlie Standers
1989 Dad Annie
1989 Jacknife Martha Flannigan
1990 Edward Scissorhands Joyce
1990 Mister Frost Dr. Sarah Day
1992 Article 99 Dr. Diana Walton
1992 Jennifer Eight Margie Ross
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Lee
1993 Lush Life Janice Oliver TV movie
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Esther Wheeler
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Helen Holt
1999 The Cider House Rules Nurse Angela Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 A Season for Miracles Ruth Doyle TV movie
1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Janice Danner TV movie
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rose
2000 Ratz Doris Trowbridge TV movie
2001 The Glass House Nancy Ryan
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Ten
2002 Assassination Tango Maggie
2002 Door to Door Gladys Sullivan TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003 Cold Mountain Sally Swanger
2004 13 Going on 30 Bev Rink
2005 Spring Break Shark Attack Mary Jones TV movie
2005 Nine Lives Camille Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 All the King's Men Mrs. Burden
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Bernadette
2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change Rose Gammon TV movie
2008 Last Chance Harvey Jean
2008 Shades of Ray Janet Rehman
2009 Unstable Betty Walker TV movie
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Rose Gammon TV movie
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Rose Gammon TV movie
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Rose Gammon TV movie
2011 Take Shelter Sarah Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Rose Gammon TV movie
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Tommie
2014 Midnight Rider Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992-1996 Picket Fences Dr. Jill Brock 87 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1993, 1995-1996)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (1994-1995)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1995-1996)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995-1996)
1997 Ally McBeal Katherine Dawson Episode: "The Affair"
1998 The Practice Evelyn Mayfield 2 episodes
1999 Hey Arnold! Dr. Bliss Episode: "Helga on the Couch"
2000 Touched by an Angel Ellen Episode: "Buy Me a Rose"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2001-2002 Boston Public Meredith Peters 14 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2004 Monk Sylvia Fairbourn Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail"
2005 Nip/Tuck Gail Pollack 2 episodes
2005-2010 Medium Marjorie Dubois 5 episodes
2007 Law & Order: SVU Hannah Curtis Episode: "Sin"
2007 Gilmore Girls Mia Episode: "Gilmore Girls Only"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Anna Loomis 2 episodes
2009 Law & Order: CI Camille Hayes-Fitzgerald Episode: "Playing Dead"
2010 Law & Order Camille Peterson Episode: "Crashers"
2011 Against the Wall Sheila Kowalski 13 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds Linda Collins Episode: "A Family Affair"
2014 Those Who Kill Marie Burgess 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1988 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Street Smart Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Street Smart Nominated
1988 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Street Smart Won
1993 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Won
1994 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Nominated
1994 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1995 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Picket Fences Nominated
1995 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Picket Fences Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel Nominated
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Cider House Rules Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Boston Public Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Door to Door Nominated
2005 Gotham Awards Best Cast Nine Lives Nominated
2011 Gotham Awards Best Cast Take Shelter Nominated

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