Catherine Lloyd Burns

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Catherine Lloyd Burns
Born (1961-04-19) April 19, 1961 (age 57)
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
OccupationActress, Writer
Years active1991–present
Known forRole in Malcolm in the Middle
Spouse(s)Adam Forgash

Catherine Lloyd Burns (born April 19, 1961)[1] is an actress and writer, living in Brooklyn with her family.[1][2]


She has appeared in multiple television shows, and was a regular on Partners and LateLine.[3] She played Caroline Miller, Malcolm's "overly earnest" teacher, in Malcolm in the Middle.[4] Burns has appeared in numerous feature films and the independent film Everything Put Together. Along with her role, she was a cowriter of the independent film Everything Put Together.[5][6] She has also worked in theater with New York's Naked Angels.[3]


The film Everything Put Together was written by a number of authors, including Catherine and her husband. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festivals in 2000. In 2001, it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as the best feature made for under $500,000. Director Marc Forster won Independent Spirit's Someone to Watch Award.[7]

Her first[2] book is It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2007. The book is a biography, from the point of view of the author. It centers around personal memoirs, and family relationships.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Burns was born in New York City. She is married to Adam Forgash, with one daughter.[1][2] They both live in New York. Her late father, Lloyd Burns, worked in entertainment, and her Canadian-born mother, Red Burns (née Gennis), founded the Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU). Her husband is a writer and producer.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Night We Never Met Deli Customer
1996 Michael Evie
1998 Mafia! Woman in Las Vegas Show
1998 The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Chimp 2 (voice) Video
1999 Pushing Tin Tanya Hewitt
2000 Everything Put Together Judith
2000 Keeping the Faith Debbie
2003 Disposal Sandra Short
2005 The Baxter Stella
2007 Dedication Mother in Bookstore
2007 The Last New Yorker Hostess
2013 Adult World Sheryl
2018 Clara's Ghost Vet


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Sheila Herlihy "The Wages of Love"
1994 All-American Girl Tipsy "Who's the Boss"
1994 Party of Five Jeannie "Something Out of Nothing"
1995 ER Amy "Love Among the Ruins"
1995 Maybe This Time "Maybe This Time"
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Fan #1 TV film
1995–96 Partners Heather Pond Main role
1996 The Single Guy April "Best Man"
1996 Public Morals Jackie "The Green Cover"
1996 Chaos Worker in Weather Dome (voice) Video game
1997 Ned and Stacey Cynthia "Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff"
1997 The Second Civil War Amelia Sims TV film
1997 Dilbert's Desktop Games Secretary With a Crossbow (voice) Video game
1998–99 LateLine Mona Guillingsvard Main role
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Caroline Miller Main role (seasons 1–2)
2006 Drive/II TV film
2016–17 Search Party Linda Witherbottom "The Night of 100 Candles", "Password to the Shadows", "Conspiracy", "Paranoia"
2017 Shopgirls Dahlia "Dahlia"


  • It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks: A Memoir of a Mother and Daughter, North Point Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-86547-708-7
  • The Good, the Bad & the Beagle, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, ISBN 978-0-374-30039-5
  • The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2017, ISBN 978-0-374-30041-8


  1. ^ a b c d "Catherine Lloyd Burns Biography (1961-)". filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Catherine Lloyd Burns". Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  3. ^ a b "Catherine Lloyd Burns". Charleston-Huntington, WV: WVAH-TV Fox 11. Archived from the original on 2000-10-12. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  4. ^ Lloyd, Robert (2000-02-24). "Kids in the Hall". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (2001-11-09). "Film Review; Losing Her Child to a Mysterious Killer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  6. ^ Fuller, Graham (2001-11-13). "Requiem Suite Marc Forster's Symphonies of Sorrow". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  7. ^ "Awards for Everything Put Together". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  8. ^ Rand, Naomi (2006-06-04). "On families, happy and unhappy in their own ways". The Boston Globe 2006-06-04. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  9. ^ It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks: A Memoir of a Mother and Daughter. Google Books. Retrieved 2009-08-18.

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