Kathy Baker

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). 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), Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

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

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

    Career

    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. In same year she was cast as Louise Shepard, Alan Shepard's wife, in the drama film The Right Stuff. 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). 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. She later starred in films Dad, Jacknife and Edward Scissorhands.

    Baker at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

    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. 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.

    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.

    Personal life

    She lives in Southern California with her husband, director/producer Steven Robman. She has a son and daughter with her first husband, Donald Camillieri.

    Filmography

    Film

    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 Mack
    2014 Model Home Brenda
    2015 The Age of Adaline Connie Jones
    2015 Midnight Rider

    Television

    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 Dianne Episode: "I'm Fine"
    2014 Those Who Kill Marie Burgess 5 episodes
    2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Diana 10 episodes

    Awards and nominations

    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

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