Christine Lahti

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Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti by David Shankbone.jpg
Lahti at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, April 2008
BornChristine Ann Lahti
(1950-04-04) April 4, 1950 (age 64)
Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActress, film director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Thomas Schlamme (1983–present)
ChildrenWilson Schlamme
Joseph Schlamme
Emma Schlamme
 
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Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti by David Shankbone.jpg
Lahti at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, April 2008
BornChristine Ann Lahti
(1950-04-04) April 4, 1950 (age 64)
Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActress, film director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Thomas Schlamme (1983–present)
ChildrenWilson Schlamme
Joseph Schlamme
Emma Schlamme

Christine Ann Lahti[1] (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and film director. She has won an Academy Award an Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Lahti's first Academy Award nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1984 film Swing Shift. Her second nomination was for her work as a director, when she won the Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for her 1995 film Lieberman in Love. Her other films as an actress include ...And Justice for All (1979), Housekeeping (1987), Running on Empty (1988), Miss Firecracker (1989) and My First Mister (2001), which she also directed. An eight-time Golden Globe nominee and six-time Emmy nominee, she won a Golden Globe for the 1989 TV movie No Place Like Home. In 1998, she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role as Kate Austin in the CBS series Chicago Hope, which she starred in from 1995-1999. She also had a recurring role as Sonya Paxton from 2009-2011, in the NBC series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

Early life[edit]

Lahti was born in Birmingham, Michigan, the daughter of Elizabeth Margaret (née Tabar 1920-1995)[2] a painter, homemaker, and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti (1919-2001),[3] a surgeon. She has three sisters, Carol, Catherine, and Linda, and two brothers, Paul Jr. and James Lahti.[4][5] Her paternal grandparents were Finnish immigrants[6][7] and her maternal grandparents were from Austria-Hungary. Lahti was raised Lutheran.[8]

Lahti studied fine arts at Florida State University and received her bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Michigan, where she joined Delta Gamma sorority.

Career[edit]

After college, Lahti headed to New York City, where she worked as a waitress and did commercials. Her breakthrough movie was ...And Justice for All (1979) with Al Pacino. After featuring in a few films and TV shows in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lahti chose roles that allowed her to spend time with her three children.[9] She has also focused on television, beginning with her role in the made-for-TV adaptation of The Executioner's Song (1982). She appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's seriocomic play, The Heidi Chronicles. Lahti received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Swing Shift (1984), and won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love (1995), in which she starred and directed. It was adapted from "Lieberman in Love", a short story by W. P. Kinsella. Lahti won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for her role in Chicago Hope.

At the Governor's Ball held after the 49th Annual Emmy Awards, 1997

In 2001, her first directorial film, My First Mister, was released. Starring Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks, the movie debuted with good reviews. In DVD commentary she applauds the work of her cast and crew, remarking "[I] was very lucky to have such a wonderful crew..." She did feel regret that the film was rated R, for language, despairing that the movie might not be viewed by teenagers who would like and relate with the characters.[citation needed] Also, Lahti mentioned several times that she would have liked to have more time to shoot different perspectives in order to facilitate story arc. Lahti starred in the Executive ADA role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Sonya Paxton, while the character Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) was in appeals. She was in the first four episodes of the 11th season[10] and returned for the show's eighth episode, where she clashed with Alexandra Cabot.[11] Lahti later guest starred in the ninth and seventeenth episode of the 12th season where she reprised her role as Executive ADA Sonya Paxton. Her character was murdered in the seventeenth episode.

She returned to Broadway upon joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage on November 17, 2009, replacing actress Marcia Gay Harden.[12][clarification needed] Both actresses had a few special appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In September 2011, Lahti starred with Morgan Freeman in the Broadway debut of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8'—a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage—as Kris Perry.[13] In March 2012, she was featured with Jamie Lee Curtis and Jansen Panettiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The production was broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Lahti has been married to television director Thomas Schlamme, a native of Texas, since September 4, 1983. They have three children: Wilson and twins Joseph Tabor and Emma Kate (born 1993). She is active in political causes.[16]

Thomas and Christine reside in Los Angeles with their children.

Since May 2005, Lahti has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1978The Last TenantCarolTelevision movie
1978Dr. ScorpionTania RestonTelevision movie
1979...And Justice for AllGail Packer
1980The Henderson MonsterDr. Louise CasimirTelevision movie
1981Whose Life Is It Anyway?Dr. Clare Scott
1981Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous StainsAunt Linda
1982The Executioner's SongBrendaTelevision movie
1984Single Bars, Single WomenElsieTelevision movie
1984Swing ShiftHazelNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1985Love Lives OnMarylinTelevision movie
1986Desert BloomRose ChismoreUncredited
1986Just Between FriendsSandy Dunlap
1987StackingKathleen Morganaka Season of Dreams
1987HousekeepingSylvie
1988Running on EmptyAnnie Pope/Cynthia ManfieldLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1989Miss FirecrackerClara Archer
1989Gross AnatomyDr. Rachel Woodruff
1989No Place Like HomeZan CooperTelevision movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1990Funny About LoveMeg Lloyd Bergman
1991The DoctorAnne MacKee
1991Crazy from the HeartCharlotte BainTelevision movie
1992Leaving NormalDarly Peters
1992The Fear InsideMeredith ColeTelevision movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1995Lieberman in LoveShaleenAlso director
Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
1995HideawayLindsey
1996Pie in the SkyRuby
1997HopeEmma PercyTelevision movie
1999Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler StoryEllie Nesler
2000An American DaughterLyssa Dent HughesTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2001My First MisterMall PatronAlso director
2002Women vs. MenDanaTelevision movie
2002The Pilot's WifeKathryn LyonsTelevision movie
2003Out of the AshesGisella PerlTelevision movie
2004Revenge of the Middle-Aged WomanRoseTelevision movie
2008Smart PeopleNancy
2008Yonkers JoeJanice
2009ObsessedReese
2009Operating InstructionsH. KellerTelevision movie
2010Flying LessonsCarolyn Conway
2011PetuniaFelicia Petunia
2011The DoctorEmily Campbell[17]
2012TouchbackThelma
2013Hateship, LoveshipEileenPost-production
2014Mania DaysSaraPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987AmerikaAlethea Milford2 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1995–1999Chicago HopeDr. Kathryn Austin97 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1996–97, 1999)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1996–99)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–98)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series
1994FrasierLauraEpisode: "Author, Author"
2001Ally McBealSydney GaleEpisode: "Queen Bee"
2004–2005Jack & BobbyGrace McCallister22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
2006Studio 60 on the Sunset StripMartha O'Dell3 episodes
2009–2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEADA Sonya Paxton7 episodes
2012–2013Hawaii Five-0Doris McGarrett8 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schools, colleges grant undergraduate honors". The Michigan Daily. March 28, 1969. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/1995/12/28/197397-funeral-notices/ accessed 8/19/2014
  3. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2001-09-06/news/0109060012_1_moton-lahti-lady-lake accessed 8/19/14
  4. ^ "Christine Lahti Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Funeral Notices — Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 2 (1993-2009)". Tucsoncitizen.com. 1995-12-27. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  6. ^ "LAHTI LOOKS BEYOND MAINSTREAM FOR HER ROLES AS REAL WOMEN". Los Angeles Daily News. May 31, 1992. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti". fortunecity.com. March 16, 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (2003-04-10). "Showtime Examines Shoah Diva Doctor | Arts". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ IMDb. "Biography for Christine Lahti". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "'SVU' scoop: Christine Lahti is the new ADA!". EW.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  11. ^ Ross, Robyn. "Christine Lahti Back for More Law & Order: SVU". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  12. ^ Piepenberg, Erik (August 18, 2011). "Lahti, Birney Join the Cast of Adam Rapp’s New Play". nytimes.com. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Kennedy, Mark (January 17, 2012). "'8,' Dustin Lance Black Gay Marriage Play, Goes National During 2012". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  14. ^ ""8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality". YouTube. March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Gray, Stephen (March 1, 2012). "YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Celebrities Protest Killings in Mexico". LA Times/Reuters. February 15, 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 21, 2011). "'Californication' star joins CBS pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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