Kathleen Chalfant Biography (1945-)

Original name, Kathleen Palmer; born January 14, 1945, in San Francisco, CA;daughter of an officer for the Coast Guard and an owner of a boarding house;married Henry Chalfant (a documentary filmmaker). Addresses: Agent: Writers and Artists Agency, 924 Westwood Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Birth Details
January 14, 1945
San Francisco, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Title role, Eurydice, The Cubiculo, New York City, 1972
  • "B," Jealousy, Westside YWCA Clark Center, New York City, 1974
  • Cowboy Pictures, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1974
  • The Coroner's Plot, Playwrights Horizons, then Round House Company, Queens Theatre-in-the-Park, 1975
  • Mississippi Moonshine, Playwrights Horizons, 1975
  • Dance with Me, Broadway production, 1975
  • Paradise, Playwrights Horizons, 1976
  • The Body Parts of Magaret Fuller, Playwrights Horizons, 1976
  • Born Yesterday, Playwrights Horizons, 1976
  • Hold Me!, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Signs of Life, American Place Theatre, 1979
  • Mavis, Killings on the Last Line, American Place Theatre, 1980
  • Understudy, The Actor's Nightmare and title role, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (double-bill), Playwrights Horizons, 1981
  • Emma Borden, Blood Relations, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City,1983
  • Grace, Faith Healer, Vineyard Theatre, 1983
  • Lily Heegan, All the Nice People, Tomi Park Royal Theatre, 1984
  • Isabella, Joyce, and Mrs. Kidd, Top Girls, ACT/A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1984-1985
  • Sand Mountain, The Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1985-1986
  • Sissy Jupe, Mrs. Gradgrind, Mrs. Sparsit, Rachael, Mary Stokes, and Ensemble, Hard Times, American Theatre Exchange, Joyce Theatre, 1987
  • Alice, Suzanne Lachette, and Mary, Laughing Stock, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1987-1988
  • Understudy for the role of Helga, M. Butterfly, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Mrs. Potentate, Just Say No, WPA Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Lidia, The Paper Gramophone, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT,1988-1989
  • Lady Aitkin, The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador, New York Theatre Workshop, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Mrs. Ann Putnam, The Crucible, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • The Party, Sundays at the Itchey Foot, 1990-1991
  • Party Women, Lady Bracknell's Confinement and The Party (double-bill), Vineyard Theatre, 1992
  • Hannah Pitt, Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches, and Part Two, Perestroika, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992-1993, then Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1993-1994
  • Clytemnestra, "Iphigenia in Aulis," Iphigenia and Other Daughters,Classic Stage Company, New York City, 1995
  • Jenny, Twelve Dreams, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Clov, Endgame, Classic Stage Company Theatre, 1995
  • Heather Espy, Racing Demon, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Ghosts, Hartford Stage Company, 1995-1996
  • Mistress Quickly/Queen Isabel, Henry V, Delacorte Theatre, 1996
  • Non/Marie, Nine Armenians, City Center Stage I, New York City, 1996
  • Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., Wit, Long Wharf Theatre, 1997, then MCC Theatre, New York City, later Union Square Theatre, 1998
  • Phaedra, Phaedra in Delirium, Classic Stage Company, 1998
  • The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, 1999
  • True History and Real Adventures, Vineyard Theatre, 1999
  • Dragon Country (includes "The Gnadiges Fraulein" and "I Can't Imagine Tomorrow"), Hartford Stage Company, 2001
  • Also appeared in Jules Feiffer's Hold Me!, West Side Arts, Signs of Life, 3 Poets, Killings on the Last Line, Cowboy Pictures, and The Boor, all off-Broadway; also appeared in a Londonproduction of Wit.
  • Film Appearances
  • Mrs. Fitzgerald, Five Corners, Cineplex Odeon, 1987
  • Miss Lily, Miss Firecracker, Corsair, 1989
  • Dean, "Lot 249," Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Paramount, 1990
  • Mom, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Ruth, Out of the Rain (also known as End of Innocence), Live Home Video, 1991
  • Constance Roberts, Bob Roberts, Paramount/Miramax, 1992
  • Denise's Mom, Fly by Night, Arrow Releasing, 1993
  • Casitas Madres receptionist, Junior, Universal, 1994
  • Grandmother, David Searching, Backpain Productions, 1996
  • Mildred, MURDER and Murder, Zeitgeist Films, 1996
  • Beggar Woman, A Price above Rubies, Miramax, 1998
  • Nanda Brookeham, Side Streets, 1998
  • Zenia, The Last Days of Disco, Gramercy, 1998
  • Shirley Magnuson, Random Hearts, Columbia, 1999
  • Dr. Ruth Fielding, QM, I Think I Call Her QM, 1999
  • Mother Quimp, Company Man, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Woman, Woman Found Dead in Elevator, Big Telescope, 2000
  • The Pornographer: A Love Story, Blow Up, 2000
  • Nina, Book of Kings, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Rae Ella, All My Children, ABC, 1994
  • Dr. Sands, One Life to Live, ABC, 1997
  • Laurie Solt, The Guardian, CBS, 2001-
  • Specials
  • Erna Hauser, The Hollow Boy, PBS, 1991
  • "In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway," American Playhouse,PBS, 1993
  • Voice, Echoes from the White House, PBS, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Marlene Branson, nun lawyer, "Zo Long," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992
  • "Blue Boy," New York Undercover, Fox, 1996
  • Sister Margaret/Mother Superior, "Hot in the City," Spin City, ABC, 1997
  • "God Bless America," Prince Street, 1997
  • Mrs. Waclawek, "Someone to Watch over Me," The Beat, UPN, 2000
  • Mrs. Nash, "Noncompliance," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2000
  • Ms. Cutler, "Phobia," Law & Order, NBC, 2001
  • Priscilla Van Acker, "Smothered," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2001
  • Also appeared in "Father and Sons," "Everyday People," "Drugs, Lies and Videotape," and "A Room without a View," all episodes of Prince Street.
  • Miniseries
  • Joanna Stanhope, Stephen King's Storm of the Century (also known as Storm of the Century), ABC, 1999
  • Movies
  • Anonymous female rancher, The Laramie Project, HBO, 2002
  • Aunt Hannah, A Death in the Family, PBS, 2002
  • Pilots
  • Laurie Solt, The Guardian, CBS, 2001

Further Reference


    • American Theatre, February, 1993, p. 28
    • Back Stage, February 6, 1998, p. 19

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