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 64)
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, known for her leading and supporting performances in film and television.

Baker began her career in theatre and made her screen debut in the 1983 drama film, The Right Stuff. She received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Street Smart (1987).[1] Baker also has appeared in over 50 films, including Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Cider House Rules (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Nine Lives (2005), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), Last Chance Harvey (2008), Take Shelter (2011) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

On television, Baker starred as Dr. Jill Brock in the CBS drama series, Picket Fences (1992-1996), for which she received three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. She later received three additional nominations and a Primetime Emmy Award for her performances in Touched by an Angel, Boston Public and Door to Door.

Early life[edit]

Baker was born in Midland, Texas, and raised a Quaker[2] in New Mexico, the daughter of John Seawand Baker, a geologist and educator, and his French-born wife, Helene Andree (née Whitton).[3] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

Baker began her acting 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 (1983) opposite Ed Harris. She won an Obie Award for this role.[4] In same year she was cast as Louise Shepard, Alan Shepard's wife, in the drama film The Right Stuff.[4] She later had dramatic performances as a prostitute in Street Smart (1987) and a recovering alcoholic and victim of domestic abuse in Clean and Sober (1988).[1] For her performance in Street Smart, Baker has won National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination.[1] She later starred in films Dad, Jacknife and Edward Scissorhands.

From 1992 to 1996, Baker starred as Jill Brock, a small-town doctor, in the CBS critically acclaimed drama series, Picket Fences created by David E. Kelley. For her performance in the series she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times: in 1993, 1995 and 1996, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1994, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 1995.[4] She later appeared in David E. Kelley's dramas Ally McBeal, The Practice and had the recurring role as Meredith Peters in Boston Public, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2001. Baker also received Emmy Award nominations for her guest performance in Touched by an Angel and in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Door to Door.[4]

Baker has appeared in the over 50 theatrical films in supporting and leading roles. She starred in two movies directed by Rodrigo García: Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) and Nine Lives (2005). Her other major credits include The Cider House Rules (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), Last Chance Harvey (2008), Take Shelter (2011) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). She starred opposite Tom Selleck in the Jesse Stone television films series in 2000s. Also on television she guest-starred on Nip/Tuck, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Grey's Anatomy, and Medium. She also starred in the short-lived Lifetime drama series Against the Wall in 2011.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Southern California with her husband, Steven Robman. She has a son and daughter with her first husband, Donald Camillieri.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Right Stuff Louise Shepard
1986 A Killing Affair Maggie Gresham
1987 Street Smart Punchy
1988 Permanent Record Martha Sinclair
1988 Clean and Sober Charlie Standers
1989 Dad Annie
1989 Jacknife Martha Flannigan
1990 The Image Marcie Guilford
1990 Edward Scissorhands Joyce
1990 Mister Frost Dr. Sarah Day
1991 One Special Victory Ellen Television film
1992 Article 99 Dr. Diana Walton
1992 Jennifer Eight Margie Ross
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Lee
1993 Lush Life Janice Oliver Television film
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Esther Wheeler
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Helen Holt
1997 Not in This Town Tammy Schnitzer Television film
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Margo Powers
1998 Oklahoma City: A Survivor's Story Priscilla Salyers Television film
1999 The Cider House Rules Nurse Angela
1999 A Season for Miracles Ruth Doyle Television film
1999 A Little Inside Nancy
1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Janice Danner Television film
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rose
2000 Ratz Doris Trowbridge Television film
2001 The Glass House Nancy Ryan
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Ten
2002 Assassination Tango Maggie
2002 Door to Door Gladys Sullivan Television film
2003 Cold Mountain Sally Swanger
2004 13 Going on 30 Bev Rink
2005 Spring Break Shark Attack Mary Jones Television film
2005 Nine Lives Camille
2006 All the King's Men Mrs. Burden
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Bernadette
2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change Rose Gammon Television film
2008 Last Chance Harvey Jean
2008 Shades of Ray Janet Rehman
2009 Unstable Betty Walker Television film
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Rose Gammon Television film
2010 Miss Nobody Claire McKinney
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Rose Gammon Television film
2011 Good Day for It Rose Carter
2011 Take Shelter Sarah
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Rose Gammon Television film
2011 Too Big to Fail Wendy Paulson
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Mabel
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Daisy
2012 Big Miracle Ruth McGraw
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Rose Gammon Television film
2012 The Party Is Over Appoline
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Tommie
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall Therapist
2014 Return to Zero Kathleen Callaghan
2014 Boulevard Joy
2014 Model Home Brenda
2015 The Age of Adaline Kathy Jones
2015 Midnight Rider

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992–1996 Picket Fences Dr. Jill Brock 87 episodes
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"
2000 Chicago Hope Mary Wyzinski Episode: "Everybody's Special at Chicago Hope"
2001–2002 Boston Public Meredith Peters 14 episodes
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: Special Victims Unit Hannah Curtis Episode: "Sin"
2007 Gilmore Girls Mia Episode: "Gilmore Girls Only"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Anna Loomis 2 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Camille Hayes-Fitzgerald Episode: "Playing Dead"
2010 Law & Order Camille Peterson Episode: "Crashers"
2011 Against the Wall Sheila Kowalski 12 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds Linda Collins Episode: "A Family Affair"
2012 Private Practice N/A Episode: "I'm Fine"
2014 Those Who Kill Marie Burgess 5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1984 Obie Award Best Performance by an Actress Fool for Love Won
1984 Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Fool for Love Won
1988 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Street Smart Won
1988 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female Street Smart Nominated
1988 National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Street Smart Won
1993 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Won
1994 Primetime Emmy Award 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 Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award 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 Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Picket Fences Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences Won
1996 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Picket Fences Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel Nominated
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Cider House Rules Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Boston Public Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Door to Door Nominated
2005 Gotham Awards Best Cast Nine Lives Nominated
2005 Locarno International Film Festival Best Actress Nine Lives Won
2011 Gotham Awards Best Cast Take Shelter Nominated
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Saving Mr. Banks Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kathy Baker - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Tavis Smiley interview archive site; interview date: September 25, 2007[dead link]
  3. ^ "Kathy Baker profile at Film Reference.com". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Kathy Baker Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Against the Wall: Cancelled; No Season Two". TVSeriesFinale.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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