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Christine Baranski

Baranski at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008
Born Christine Jane Baranski
May 2, 1952 (1952-05-02) (age 57)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Matthew Cowles (m. 1983–present) «start: (1983)»"Marriage: Matthew Cowles to Christine Baranski" Location: (linkback:

Christine Jane Baranski (born May 2, 1952) is an American stage and screen actress.


Personal life

Baranski was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Virginia (née Mazurowski) and Lucien Baranski, who edited a Polish-language newspaper.[1][2] She is of Polish descent and her grandparents were actors in the Polish theater.[3][4][5] Baranski attended Villa Maria Academy, after which she studied at Juilliard. She has been married to actor Matthew Cowles since 1983. They have two daughters.



Baranski made her Off-Broadway debut in Coming Attractions at Playwrights Horizons in 1980, and has appeared in several off-Broadway productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starting with Sally and Marsha in 1982.

Baranski made her Broadway debut in Hide & Seek in 1980. For her next Broadway performance, in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, she won the 1984 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play. Other Broadway credits include: Hurlyburly, The House of Blue Leaves, Rumors, Regrets Only, Nick & Nora, and the Encores! concert staging of Follies.

At the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Baranski starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2002[6] (for which she won the 2003 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and as the titular Mame in 2006.[7]

In her first Broadway production since 1991, she was featured as the maid "Berthe" in the 2008 revival of Boeing Boeing.[8] The show garnered two Tony Awards, one for Best Revival of a Play and the other for Best Actor (Mark Rylance). The original cast was Bradley Whitford (Bernard), Kathryn Hahn (Gloria), Christine Baranski (Berthe), Gina Gershon (Gabriella), and Mary McCormack (Gretchen). The show closed on January 4, 2009.

She also appeared in a one night only concert benefit performance of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music for Roundabout Theatre Company as Countess Charlotte Malcolm on January 12, 2009.[9] The cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber, and Marc Kudisch, among others.

She has won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards twice.


Baranski has also starred in various roles in films and television. In film, her best known role are: Katherine Archer in The Birdcage, Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago, Martha May Whovier in The Grinch and most recently Tanya in the musical Mamma Mia!

Television work

Baranski was featured as Cybill Shepherd's hard-drinking friend Maryanne Thorpe in the CBS sitcom Cybill, which ran from 1995 until 1998, during which time she hosted Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy Award as best supporting actress in a comedy series along with three other nominations.

In 1999 Baranski received an Emmy nomination for a guest starring role as an intimidating radio psychiatrist on an episode of the NBC series Frasier. She had an uncredited role in the series Now and Again as the voice of Roger's overbearing wife Ruth, who was never seen by viewers.

She later appeared in the 2000–2001 sitcom Welcome to New York and, with John Larroquette, in the 2003–2004 NBC sitcom Happy Family. She also appeared in the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch playing Paula, a friend of Marcia's who gets Marcia into trouble at a slumber party. She co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a pilot for an ABC sitcom, Adopted, in 2005, which was not picked up. She also played Faith Clancy, the mother of Jim Clancy in Ghost Whisperer.

She portrayed a librarian named Sonja Umdahl in the episode "Dick and the Single Girl" of the series 3rd Rock from the Sun.[10]

She guest starred as Leonard's mom, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, a bespectacled and unemotional expert in psychiatry and neuroscience, in a season two episode of The Big Bang Theory titled "The Maternal Capacitance", for which she received an Emmy nomination. Due to the popularity of her appearance, she returned in season 3 for the Christmas episode "The Maternal Congruence".

Since 2009, she has played the role of Diane Lockhart, a top litigator and senior partner of a Chicago law firm on The Good Wife (TV series).

Besides her work on The Good Wife and the aforementioned guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, in 2009 Baranski appeared on Ugly Betty as Victoria Hartley, the haughty mother of Betty's new boyfriend, and guest starred in the season premiere of Psych.


Year Film Role Notes
1970 Brady Bunch Season 2, Episode 3: "The Slumber Caper" Paula TV
1980 Playing for Time Olga TV
1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena TV
1982 Soup for One Blonde in Bar
1983 Lovesick Nymphomaniac
1984 Crackers Maxine
1985 Big Shots in America (Unknown) TV
1986 Nine 1/2 Weeks Thea
1986 Legal Eagles Carol Freeman TV
1987 The House of Blue Leaves Bunny Flingus
1987 The Pick-up Artist Harriet TV
1990 Reversal of Fortune Andrea Reynolds, Claus' Girlfriend
1993 The Night We Never Met Lucy
1993 Life with Mikey Carol TV
1993 Addams Family Values Becky Martin-Granger
1993 To Dance with the White Dog Kate TV
1994 The Ref Connie Chasseur
1994 Getting In Mrs. Margaret "Maggie" Higgs
1994 The War Miss Strapford
1995–1998 Cybill Maryanne Thorpe TV—87 episodes

Won an Emmy Award (1995)

Nominated for an Emmy Award (1996)

Nominated for an Emmy Award (1997)

Nominated for an Emmy Award (1998)

Nominated for a Golden Globe (1996)

Nominated for a Golden Globe (1997)

Won a Screen Actors Guild Award (1996)

Nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award (1997)

Nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award (1996)

Won a American Comedy Award

Won a Viewers for Quality Television Awards

1995 New Jersey Drive Prosecutor
1995 Jeffrey Ann Marwood Bartle
1996 The Birdcage Katherine Archer Won Screen Actors Guild Awards
1998 The Odd Couple II Thelma
1998 Bulworth Constance Bulworth
1999 Cruel Intentions Bunny Caldwell
1999 Bowfinger Carol
1999 Now and Again Ruth Bender Uncredited
1999 Frasier Dr. Nora Fairchild TV—1 episode

Nominated American Comedy Award

Nominated for an Emmy

2000–2001 Welcome to New York Marsha Bickner TV—13 episodes
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Martha May Whovier Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
2002 The Guru Shantal
2002 Chicago Miss Sunshine Won BFCAA


Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards

2002 Speed Racer X Trixie Fontaine
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Prunella Stickler
2003 Marci X Mary Ellen Spinkle
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Prunella Stickler
2003–2004 Happy Family Annie Brennan TV—22 episodes
2004 Spellbound None TV
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Charlotte Cole
2005 Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy? Andrea Von Butch voice role
2005 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Lee Bellmont TV
2006 Inseparable Barbara
2006 East Broadway Bree
2006 Relative Strangers Arleen Clayton Directed by Greg Glienna
2006 Bonneville Francine
2008 Mamma Mia! Tanya
2009 Ugly Betty Victoria Hartley TV—4 episodes
2009 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Beverly Hofstadter Nominated for an Emmy
2009–present The Good Wife Diane Lockhart TV—8 episodes (as of November 2009; the show is currently scheduled for 22 episodes[11])
2010 The Bounty Hunter Kitty Hurley Completed




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