Kate Burton Biography (1957-)

Full name, Katherine Burton; born September 10, 1957, in Geneva, Switzerland;daughter of Richard (an actor) and Sybil (a producer; maiden name, Williams)Burton; married Michael Ritchie (a stage director), 1984; children: Morgan,Charlotte. Addresses: Agent: The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Birth Details
September 10, 1957
Geneva, Switzerland

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Serving maid, Anne of the Thousand Days (also known as Anne of a Thousand Days), Universal, 1969
  • Joan "J. J." Caucus, Jr., Doonesbury: A Broadway Musical (also known as Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy and Doonesbury: A New Musical), 1983
  • Margo Litzenberger, Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Mrs. Burns, Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Helen Blathwaite, August, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996
  • Woman in bed, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996
  • Looking for Richard (documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Dorothy Franklin, The Ice Storm, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1997
  • Cheryl, Celebrity, Miramax, 1998
  • Rest home sister, The Opportunists, First Look Pictures Releasing,2000
  • Tracy, Unfaithful (also known as Infidele and Untreu), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Carla Cronin, Swimfan (also known as Swimf@n and Tell MeYou Love Me), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Martha, The Paper Mache Chase (short), 2003
  • Sherry Baby, 2004
  • Stay, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005
  • Marcia, Some Kind of Heaven, 2005
  • Voice of Night, The Story of a Mother, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Anne Kramer, Home Fires, NBC, 1992
  • Fran Richardson, Monty, Fox, 1994
  • Assistant district attorney Susan Alexander, The Practice, ABC, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004
  • Miniseries
  • Vanessa Ogden, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984
  • Agatha Bradford, Evergreen, NBC, 1985
  • Host, The Hanging Gale, Bravo, 1999
  • Cindy Whiting, Empire Falls, HBO, 2005
  • Movies
  • Ophelia, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Showtime, 1987
  • Deborah, Love Matters, Showtime, 1993
  • Katherine Donohue, Mistrial, HBO, 1996
  • Sara Miller, Obsessed, Lifetime, 2002
  • Connie Posey, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, ABC, 2003
  • Specials
  • Alice, "Alice in Wonderland," Great Performances, PBS, 1983
  • Agnes O'Neill, "Journey into Genius" (also known as "Eugene O'Neill: Journey into Genius"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1988
  • "Richard Burton: In from the Cold," Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • Brenda Gardner, "Notes for My Daughter," ABC Afterschool Specials,ABC, 1995
  • Voice, "Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud," American Masters,PBS, 1996
  • Abigail, "Ellen Foster," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997
  • Voice, Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Richard Burton: Taylor-Made for Stardom (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek (documentary), Lifetime, 2002
  • Narrator, The Incredible Human Body (documentary), PBS, 2002
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (documentary), Lifetime, 2002
  • Presenter, The 59th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2005
  • Pilots
  • Assistant district attorney Susan Alexander, The Practice, ABC, 1997
  • Episodic
  • Randy Lofficier, "If You Knew Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987
  • Randy Lofficier, "Play It Again, Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988
  • Sister Bettina, "Sisters of Mercy," Law and Order, NBC, 1991
  • Susan Lowenberg Jones, "Keeping Up with the Joneses," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1993
  • Sheila Byrne, "My Brother's Keeper," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Attorney Erica Gardner, "Armed Forces," Law & Order, NBC, 2001
  • Stephanie Uffland, "The Pardoner's Tale," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2001
  • Attorney Erica Gardner, "Darwinian," Law & Order, NBC, 2004
  • Sarah Brainerd, "Slow News Day," The West Wing, NBC, 2004
  • Erica Gardner, "Cut," Law & Order, NBC, 2004
  • Dr. Sheri Jordan, "Silent Era," Judging Amy, CBS, 2005
  • Dr. Ellis Grey, "A Hard Day's Night," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005
  • Dr. Ellis Grey, "No Man's Land," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005
  • Dr. Ellis Grey, "Shake Your Groove Thing," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005
  • Stage Appearances
  • (New York debut) Daphne, Present Laughter, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1982
  • Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • May, Winners, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • J. J., Doonesbury, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Eva, The Accrington Pals, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Pegeen, The Playboy of the Western World, Roundabout Theatre, 1985
  • The Plough and the Stars, Roundabout Theatre, 1985
  • Alexandra, On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1985-86
  • The Three Sisters, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1985-86
  • Sasha, Wild Honey, Virginia Theatre, 1986-87
  • Isabella, Measure for Measure, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New YorkCity, 1989
  • Betty McNeil, Some Americans Abroad, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, NewYork City, 1990
  • Alice, Aristocrats, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 1990-91
  • Julie, Jake's Woman, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1992, thenCenter Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1992-93
  • Lauren, Grace, and Annie, London Suite, Union Square Theatre, NewYork City, 1995
  • Sarah, Company, Criterion Theatre, Center Stage Right, New York City, 1995
  • Arcadia, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Lyssa Dent Hughes, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Mrs. Molly Burton, The Matchmaker, Adams Memorial Theater Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1998
  • Agnes, Lake Hollywood, Signature Theatre Company, New York City, 1999
  • Daisy Connolly, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • The Beauty Queen of Lenane, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1999, then Waterford, Ireland, 2000
  • Title role, Hedda Gabler, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA,2000-2001, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 2001-2002
  • Pinhead/Mrs. Kendal, The Elephant Man, Royale Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Anna, Boston Marriage, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City,2002
  • Three Sisters, Playhouse Theatre, London, 2003
  • The Water's Edge, Nikos Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2004
  • Constance Middleton, The Constant Wife, American Airlines Theatre,New York City, 2005
  • The Rage of Achilles, 92nd Street Y, New York City, 2005
  • Also appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Off-Broadway production.
  • Taped Readings
  • Loves Music, Loves to Dance, 1991
  • Patricia Cornwell's "All That Remains," HarperCollins, 1992
  • Anne Lamott's "Crooked Little Heart," Random Audio, 1997
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford's "The Triumph of Katie Byrne," BDD Audio,2002
  • Georgia Byng's Molly Moon's "Incredible Book of Hypnotism," HarperChildren's Audio, 2003
  • Patricia Cornwell's "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper," Putnam Berkley Audio, 2003

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, October 15, 2001, p. 139
    • Playbill, October 31, 2001, pp. 22, 24

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