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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
January 14, 1945
San Francisco, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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

OTHER SOURCES

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

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