Kathy Baker Biography

Birthday: 1950-06-08
Place of Birth: Midland, Texas USA
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: For someone who has made an award-winning impact in all three mediums (stage, film and TV), actress Kathy Baker has been strangely denied all-out stardom, yet continues to demonstrate her versatility in whatever material comes her way. The comely blonde was born Katherine Whitton Baker in Midland, Texas, the daughter of Quaker parents John Seawand Baker, a geologist and educator who taught at both the University of Paris and at Princeton, and Helene Andree Baker (née Whitton). Raised in New Mexico, she first took to the stage at age 10. Due to her religious upbringing, acting was not a viable profession for her at the time. Influenced by her French-born mother, Kathy attended the University of California at Berkeley and instead received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1977. From there she went to Paris to study haute cuisine at the famed Cordon Bleu. She returned to the States originally to work as a pastry chef, but still discovered a smouldering desire to act and eventually joined San Francisco's Magic Theatre. There she appeared in the play "The Man Who Killed the Buddha" and gave a performance that drew the immediate attention of playwright Sam Shepard. 1983 was a banner year for Kathy. At the Magic Theatre, wherein she used the stage name of Kathy Whitton Baker, Shepard cast her in a leading role in one of his new plays, "Fool for Love." The premiere garnered exceptional notices and the play (and Kathy) went to New York. She and co-star Ed Harris, won 1984 Obie Awards for their rich performances, as did playwright Shepard for directing. The production itself won the Obie for "Best New American Play." That same year Kathy made a strong movie debut co-starring in The Right Stuff (1983) as the wife of astronaut Alan Shepard (played by Scott Glenn). Displaying an attractive intelligence in her performances, Kathy continued to make strides on the New York stage both in 1984's "Desire Under the Elms" and as a replacement for the Lemon character in the Obie-winning "Aunt Dan and Lemon" at Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Festival in 1986. Later in the decade, both Kathy and Morgan Freeman stole the thunder right from under star Christopher Reeve in the tense film drama Street Smart (1987) with Kathy delivering a grim, heartfelt performance as an ill-fated hooker to Freeman's feral pimp. Both perfs delivered a one-two punch and were applauded for their shocking realism. Each received their share of awards and plaudits; Kathy nabbed both the National Society of Critics and Boston Society of Critics awards, but was shamefully snubbed when it came to the Oscar race (Freeman was nominated, but lost). Throughout the rest of the decade Kathy continued to give spot-on performances in such quality films as Clean and Sober (1988), as a recovering addict; Permanent Record (1988), as a wife whose son commits suicide; Jacknife (1989), in which she was reunited with Ed Harris as the put-upon, plain-Jane sister of an alcoholic Vietnam vet; and Edward Scissorhands (1990) as a seemingly model housewife who has an uncontrollably flirtatious nature. Top-flight stardom seemed to be almost a given. With the new decade, however, the movie roles tendered out to her became less frequent or noteworthy so Kathy decided to focus outside her medium of choice and actively search for TV roles. The results were customarily expert. In the slightly quirky "Picket Fences" (1992), Kathy found a perfect fit taking on the role of small town mother and doctor Jill Brock. Running for four seasons, she was nominated for an Emmy each year and took home the trophy three of those four times for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series". Into the millennium Kathy has maintained consistency with quality roles in the more recent releases Cold Mountain (2003) and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). On TV she and Helen Mirren picked up supporting Emmy nods in the bittersweet Door to Door (2002) (TV), with Emmy-winning William H. Macy starring as a man with cerebral palsy. In 2001 she joined the cast of "Boston Public" (2000) as a manipulative mom (another Emmy nomination). Some of those episodes were directed by Steven Robman, whom she married in June of 2003. Kathy has two sons from a previous marriage.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Picket Fences Dr. Jill Brock 1992 - 1996 Drama
Lush Life 1996 - 1996 Drama
Gun Dora Hochfelder 1997 - 1997
The Glass House 2001 Thriller
Babylon Fields 2007 Horror
Sucker Free Cleo Wade 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Image Marcie Guilford 1976
A Killing Affair Maggie Gresham 1986 Crime, Drama
Street Smart 1987 Crime, Drama
Clean and Sober 1988
Jacknife 1989 Drama
Edward Scissorhands Joyce 1990 Biography, 0
Mister Frost 1990 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Fathers & Sons 1992
Article 99 1992 Drama, Comedy
Jennifer Eight 1992 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mad Dog and Glory 1993 Comedy, Crime, Drama
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 0, Biography, 0
Inventing the Abbotts Helen Holt 1997 Drama, Romance
A.T.F. 1999 Drama, Thriller
The Cider House Rules 2000 Drama, Romance
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her 2000 Drama, Romance
The Glass House 2001 0
Too Young to Be a Dad Susan Freeman 2002
A Little Inside Nancy 2002 Comedy, Drama, Family
Door to Door 2002 Drama
Ten Tiny Love Stories Ten 2002 Drama
Cold Mountain Sally Swanger 2003 0, 0, 0
Assassination Tango 2003 Crime, Drama, Romance
13 Going on 30 2004 0, 0, Biography
Spring Break Shark Attack 2005 Adventure, Drama, Horror
All the King's Men Mrs. Burden 2006 Drama, Thriller
The Jane Austen Book Club Bernadette 2007 Biography, 0
Last Chance Harvey Jean 2008 Biography, 0
Shades of Ray Janet Rehman 2008 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sucker Free City 2009 Crime, Drama
Good Day for It Rose Carter 2011 Crime, Thriller
Miss Nobody Claire McKinney 2011 Comedy, Crime
Model Home Brenda 2013 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Saving Mr. Banks Tommie 2013 0, 0
Love & Mercy Rosemary Ledbetter 2014 Biography, Drama
Wake Beth Moore 2014 Drama
Return to Zero Kathleen Callaghan 2014 Drama
Boulevard Joy 2014 Drama
The Party Is Over Appoline 2015
Dad Annie Tremont 2018