Kathy Baker

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Kathy Baker
KathyBaker.jpg
Baker at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 1993
BornKatherine Whitton Baker
(1950-06-08) June 8, 1950 (age 64)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Donald Camillieri (m. 1985–99)
Steven Robman (m. 2003)
 
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Kathy Baker
KathyBaker.jpg
Baker at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 1993
BornKatherine Whitton Baker
(1950-06-08) June 8, 1950 (age 64)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–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 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and well a Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Street Smart (1987).[1] Baker also has appeared in over 50 films, include 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 performance in series she has won three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: 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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983The Right StuffLouise Shepard
1986A Killing AffairMaggie Gresham
1987Street SmartPunchy
1988Permanent RecordMartha Sinclair
1988Clean and SoberCharlie Standers
1989DadAnnie
1989JacknifeMartha Flannigan
1990The ImageMarcie Guilford
1990Edward ScissorhandsJoyce
1990Mister FrostDr. Sarah Day
1991One Special VictoryEllenTelevision film
1992Article 99Dr. Diana Walton
1992Jennifer EightMargie Ross
1993Mad Dog and GloryLee
1993Lush LifeJanice OliverTelevision film
1996To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayEsther Wheeler
1997Inventing the AbbottsHelen Holt
1997Not in This TownTammy SchnitzerTelevision film
1997Weapons of Mass DistractionMargo Powers
1998Oklahoma City: A Survivor's StoryPriscilla SalyersTelevision film
1999The Cider House RulesNurse Angela
1999A Season for MiraclesRuth DoyleTelevision film
1999A Little InsideNancy
1999Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love StoryJanice DannerTelevision film
2000Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at HerRose
2000RatzDoris TrowbridgeTelevision film
2001The Glass HouseNancy Ryan
2001Ten Tiny Love StoriesTen
2002Assassination TangoMaggie
2002Door to DoorGladys SullivanTelevision film
2003Cold MountainSally Swanger
200413 Going on 30Bev Rink
2005Spring Break Shark AttackMary JonesTelevision film
2005Nine LivesCamille
2006All the King's MenMrs. Burden
2007The Jane Austen Book ClubBernadette
2007Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeRose GammonTelevision film
2008Last Chance HarveyJean
2008Shades of RayJanet Rehman
2009UnstableBetty WalkerTelevision film
2009Jesse Stone: Thin IceRose GammonTelevision film
2010Miss NobodyClaire McKinney
2010Jesse Stone: No RemorseRose GammonTelevision film
2011Good Day for ItRose Carter
2011Take ShelterSarah
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents LostRose GammonTelevision film
2011Too Big to FailWendy Paulson
2011Seven Days in UtopiaMabel
2011Machine Gun PreacherDaisy
2012Big MiracleRuth McGraw
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtRose GammonTelevision film
2012The Party Is OverAppoline
2013Saving Mr. BanksTommie
2013The Trials of Cate McCallTherapist
2014Return to ZeroKathleen Callaghan
2014BoulevardJoy
2014Model HomeBrenda
2015Midnight Rider
2015The Age of Adaline

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992-1996Picket FencesDr. Jill Brock87 episodes
1997Ally McBealKatherine DawsonEpisode: "The Affair"
1998The PracticeEvelyn Mayfield2 episodes
1999Hey Arnold!Dr. BlissEpisode: "Helga on the Couch"
2000Touched by an AngelEllenEpisode: "Buy Me a Rose"
2001-2002Boston PublicMeredith Peters14 episodes
2004MonkSylvia FairbournEpisode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail"
2005Nip/TuckGail Pollack2 episodes
2005-2010MediumMarjorie Dubois5 episodes
2007Law & Order: SVUHannah CurtisEpisode: "Sin"
2007Gilmore GirlsMiaEpisode: "Gilmore Girls Only"
2008Grey's AnatomyAnna Loomis2 episodes
2009Law & Order: CICamille Hayes-FitzgeraldEpisode: "Playing Dead"
2010Law & OrderCamille PetersonEpisode: "Crashers"
2011Against the WallSheila Kowalski13 episodes
2011Criminal MindsLinda CollinsEpisode: "A Family Affair"
2014Those Who KillMarie Burgess6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1984Obie AwardBest Performance by an ActressFool for LoveWon
1984Theatre World AwardTheatre World AwardFool for LoveWon
1988Boston Society of Film Critics AwardBest Supporting ActressStreet SmartWon
1988Independent Spirit AwardBest Supporting FemaleStreet SmartNominated
1988National Society of Film Critics AwardBest Supporting ActressStreet SmartWon
1993Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1994Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaPicket FencesWon
1994Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesNominated
1994Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1995Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaPicket FencesNominated
1995Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesNominated
1995Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1996Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaPicket FencesNominated
1996Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesWon
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesPicket FencesNominated
2000Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an AngelNominated
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Cider House RulesNominated
2001Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesBoston PublicNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieDoor to DoorNominated
2005Gotham AwardsBest CastNine LivesNominated
2005Locarno International Film FestivalBest ActressNine LivesWon
2011Gotham AwardsBest CastTake ShelterNominated
2013Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest CastSaving Mr. BanksNominated

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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