Christine Baranski Biography (1952-)

Full name, Christine Jane Baranski; born May 2, 1952, in Buffalo, NY; daughter of Lucien and Virginia (maiden name, Mazerowski) Baranski; married MatthewCowles (an actor and playwright), October 15, 1983; children: Isabel, Lily. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor,Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Viking Entertainment, 445 West 23rd St.,Suite 1A, New York, NY 10011.; Publicist: PMK/HBH, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Actress, producer
Birth Details
May 2, 1952
Buffalo, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Constance, She Stoops to Conquer, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore,MD, 1976-77
  • Private Lives, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, NY, 1977-78
  • Wanda, One Crack Out, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City,1978
  • Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, Center Stage Theatre, 1978-79
  • Maeve Macpherson, Says I, Says He, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, 1979
  • Minnie Powell, The Shadow of a Gunman, Symphony Space, New York City, 1979
  • (Broadway debut) Elly Bart, Hide and Seek, Belasco Theatre, 1980
  • Amanda Gracie, Madame Igrec, and second underworld figure, The Troublewith Europe, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, 1980
  • Company, Playwright's Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Miss America, Coming Attractions, Playwright's Horizons Theatre, 1980-81
  • Angela, Operation Midnight Climax, Off-Center Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Talley's Folly, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1981
  • Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York Shakespeare Festival,Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Elvira, Blithe Spirit, McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, NJ, 1982
  • Marsha, Sally and Marsha, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1982
  • Clarissa, Sunday in the Park with George, Playwright's Horizons Theatre, 1983
  • Charlotte, The Real Thing, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Bonnie, Hurlyburly, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Julia Budder, It's Only a Play, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1985-86
  • Bunny Flingus, The House of Blue Leaves, Vivian Beaumont Theatre,New York City, 1986, then Plymouth Theatre, 1986-87
  • Hedda Gabler, Studio Arena Theatre, 1987-88
  • Chris Gorman, Rumors, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1988-89
  • Joanna, Elliot Loves, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, then PromenadeTheatre, New York City, 1990
  • Tracy Gardner, Nick and Nora, Marriott Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1991
  • A Christmas Memory, Book-Friends Cafe, New York City, 1992
  • Doris, The Loman Family Picnic, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 1993-94
  • Unsung Musicals, Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York City, 1994
  • Marge MacDougall, Promises, Promises (concert), City Center Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • On the speaker phone: Sylvia Zilinsky, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "Schmucks", Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 1998
  • Sweeney Todd (concert), L.A. Reprise!, Los Angeles, 1999
  • Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2002
  • Marie, "3 A.M.," Short Talks on the Universe, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Sondheim Concert Spectacular, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 2002
  • The Threepenny Opera (workshop), Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, 2004
  • Made stage debut as Annabella, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ; also appeared as Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT; Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American Shakespeare Festival; Dunyasha, The Cherry Orchard,and Lina, Misalliance, both Center Stage Theatre; Dorine, Tartuffe, Center Stage Theatre; Miss Scoons, Angel City, McCarter Theatre;Miss Harris, The Undefeated Rumba Champ, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NewYork City; in Marathon '86.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared as Davina Saunders, Otherwise Engaged, U.S. cities.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Blonde in bar, Soup for One, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Nymphomaniac, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Maxine, Crackers, Universal, 1984
  • Thea, 9 1/2 Weeks, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1986
  • Carol Freeman, Legal Eagles, Universal, 1986
  • Harriet, The Pick-Up Artist, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Andrea Reynolds, Claus' girlfriend, Reversal of Fortune, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Lucy, Ellen's pal, The Night We Never Met, Miramax, 1993
  • Carol, Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Becky Martin-Granger, Addams Family Values, Paramount, 1993
  • Miss Strapford, school teacher, The War, Universal, 1994
  • Connie Chasseur, The Ref (also known as Hostile Hostages),Buena Vista, 1994
  • Mrs. Margaret "Maggie" "Higgs, Getting In (also known as Student Body), Trimark Pictures, 1994
  • Prosecutor, New Jersey Drive, Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • Ann Marwood Bartle, Jeffrey, Orion, 1995
  • Katharine Archer, The Birdcage (also known as Birds of a Feather), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Cameo, Inside Out, Strand Releasing, 1997
  • Thelma, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II" (also known as The OddCouple II), Paramount, 1998
  • Constance Bulworth, Bulworth, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Bunny Caldwell, Cruel Intentions, Columbia, 1998
  • Carol, Bowfinger (also known as Bowfinger's Big Thing), Universal, 1998
  • Herself, Get Bruce!, Miramax, 1999
  • Martha May Whovier, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known asDr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and The Grinch), MCA/Universal, 2000
  • Chantal, The Guru (also known as Le gourou et les femmes),Universal, 2002
  • Mary Sunshine, Chicago, Miramax, 2002
  • Mary Ellen Sprinkle, Marci X, Paramount, 2003
  • Charlotte Cole, Welcome to Mooseport, Fox Film Corp., 2004
  • Bree, Social Grace, 2005
  • Arleen Clayton, Relative Strangers, Nu Image, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Beverly Tucker, Another World (also known as Another World: BayCity), 1983
  • Jewel, All My Children, ABC, 1984
  • Maryann Thorpe, Cybill, CBS, 1995-98
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Ruth Bender, Now and Again, CBS, 1999
  • Marsha Bickner, Welcome to New York, CBS, 2000
  • Voices of Trixie Fontaine and Spritle Fontaine, Speed Racer X (animated), 2002
  • Annie Brennan, Happy Family, NBC, 2003
  • Movies
  • Olga, Playing for Time, CBS, 1980
  • Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1982
  • Kate, To Dance with the White Dog, CBS, 1993
  • Prunella Stickler, Eloise at the Plaza, ABC, 2003
  • Prunella Stickler, Eloise at Christmastime, ABC, 2003
  • Specials
  • Bunny Flingus, "The House of Blue Leaves," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1995
  • CBS Sneak Peek '95, CBS, 1995
  • Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond, UPN, 1996
  • Spotlight: The Birdcage, Comedy Central, 1996
  • National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1996
  • The Late Show with David Letterman Video Special 2 (also known asThe Late Show with David Letterman Primetime Video Special 2), CBS, 1996
  • The 20th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (also known as The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts), CBS, 1997
  • Happy Birthday Elizabeth--A Celebration of Life, ABC, 1997
  • New York host, The All-American Thanksgiving Parade, 1997
  • Herself, Ira Gerswhin at 100: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, PBS, 1997
  • Canned Ham: Bowfinger, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Anchor, The All-American Thanksgiving Parade, CBS, 2000
  • Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith (documentary), Lifetime, 2001
  • The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the PerformingArts, CBS, 2003
  • Made television debut in The Adams Chronicles, PBS.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 43rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1989
  • The 50th Annual Tony Awards, 1996
  • The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The 51st Annual Tony Awards, 1997
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, 1999
  • Herself, The 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Cara, Bigshots in America, NBC, 1985
  • Spellbound, Fox, 2004
  • In the Game, ABC, 2005
  • Episodic
  • Paulette, "The Furlough," Combat!, 1966
  • Victoria Baines, "Mama's Boy," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985
  • Katherine Masucci Beigel, "Torrents of Greed: Parts 1 & 2," Law & Order, NBC, 1991
  • Rose Siegal, "Nurture," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1995, 2000, 2001
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1996
  • Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1997
  • Sonja Umdahl, "Dick and the Single Girl," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life as We Know It) NBC, 1997
  • Dr. Nora Fairchild, "Dr. Nora," Frasier, NBC, 1999
  • Bunny Caldwell, "Cruel Intentions," Manchester Prep, 1999
  • Glenn Ferguson Baines Welch, "Three Days in November," Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001
  • Dr. Terry Howland, "Pick Your Battles," Presidio Med, CBS, 2002
  • Dr. Terry Holwand, "Best of Enemies," Presidio Med, CBS, c. 2003
  • The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003
  • The View, ABC, 2003
  • The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2003
  • Behind the Movie, VH1, 2003
  • Also appeared in Texas, NBC; Murder Ink.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Welcome to New York (also known as Gaffigan), CBS, 2000
  • Radio Appearances
  • Selected Shorts, National Public Radio, 1998
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in Placebo's "Every You, Every Me," 1999.

Further Reference


    • Newsmakers, Issue 2, Gale, 2001

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