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Kathy Baker

Baker at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 1993
Born Katherine Whitton Baker
June 8, 1950 (1950-06-08) (age 59)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present

Katherine Whitton "Kathy" Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an American character actress.

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Personal life

Baker was born in Midland, Texas, the daughter of French-born Helene Andree "Lany" (née Whitton) and John Seawand Baker, who was a geologist and educator.[1] She was raised a Quaker.[2] She studied acting at the California Institute of the Arts in the early seventies. She later earned a B.A. degree in French in 1977 from UC Berkeley. Baker was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Steven Robman.

Career

Baker has appeared in numerous films including Edward Scissorhands, The Right Stuff, Street Smart, Jacknife and Cold Mountain. As a small-town doctor in the David E. Kelley television series Picket Fences she won Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times in the show's four-year run (1993, 1995 and 1996). Years later she again teamed up with David E. Kelley and starred in another of his brilliant, yet downspiraling show Boston Public as a teacher named Meredith Peters. A character whose personality and behavior is a little questionable.

Baker began her 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 opposite Ed Harris. Her recent projects include the 2006 remake of All the King's Men and 2007's The Jane Austen Book Club.

She guest-starred in the premiere episode of the eighth season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, playing the role of an ambitious mother of a city politician with a dark family secret.

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