American actress, comedian, producer, and singer Christine Jane Baranski was born on May 2, 1952. For her work in theatre and film, she has received three Television Actors Guild Awards, two Tony Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Baranski made her stage début in a production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at The Public Theatre in 1972. She made her Broadway debut in the play Hide & Seek in 1980. For her work in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing in 1984, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
She performed on stage in the Broadway productions of Hurlyburly (1984), The House of Blue Leaves (1986), and Nick & Nora (1991). In 1989, she appeared in Neil Simon’s comedy Rumors, for which she won her second Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
At the Kennedy Center in 2002, she portrayed Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. In 2008, she returned to Broadway with Boeing Boeing (2008).
Early Years of Christine Baranski:
Christine was born to Lucien and Virginia Baranski in Buffalo, New York, on May 2, 1952. She was a Polish native.
In Buffalo’s Cheektowaga district, Villa Maria Academy was attended by teenager Baranski. She continued her education at the Juilliard School in New York City, where she earned her BA in 1974.
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She has appeared in a number of films, including Into the Woods, Chicago, Reversal of Fortune, and Mamma Mia! In Broadway shows including “Hurlyburly,” “Nick & Nora,” and “Boeing-Boeing,” Baranski has appeared on stage. For her performances in the plays “The Real Thing” and “Rumors,” she was also given Tony Awards.
For her portrayal of “Maryanne Thorpe” on “Cybill,” she won an Emmy. Christine’s portrayal of “Diane Lockhart” in the television program “The Good Wife” earned her an Emmy nomination.
Further Stage Career
1980 was a landmark year for Baranski in the theatre world as she made her Broadway and off-Broadway debuts in “Hide & Seek” and “Coming Attractions,” respectively. She also made appearances in “Company,” “Lady of the Diamond,” and “The Trouble with Europe” productions. With roles in “Talley’s Folly,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Sally and Marsha,” “Blithe Spirit,” and “Sunday in the Park with George,” Baranski continued to be active in the theatre.
In 1984, she played Charlotte in Tom Stoppard’s play “The Real Thing,” which was her subsequent Broadway performance. Baranski won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance. She later performed in “It’s Only a Play” and “Hedda Gabler” before appearing in the Broadway productions of “Hurlyburly” and “The House of Blue Leaves.” For Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” Baranski received her second Tony Award in 1988.
“Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” “Nick & Nora,” “Promises, Promises,” and “Sweeney Todd” are among the theatrical productions Baranski was a part of in the 1990s. She appeared in “Mame,” “Follies,” and “The Sisters Rosensweig” over the following ten years. For the first time since 1991, Baranski made a comeback to Broadway in 2008 to play Berthe in the “Boeing-Boeing” revival. The films “On Your Toes” and “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” were among her later credits.
Baranski made his acting debut in the early 1980s in the supporting parts in the movies “Soup for One” and “Lovesick.” Later in the decade, she had cameos in movies like “Crackers,” “912 Weeks,” “Legal Eagles,” and “The Pick-up Artist.”
Among Baranski’s early 1990s acting credits are Reversal of Fortune, The Night We Never Met, Life with Mikey, Addams Family Values, The Ref, Getting In, and The War. She was a cast member of the movies “Jeffrey,” “New Jersey Drive,” and others.
For her role as Katherine Archer in the comedy “The Birdcage,” she is most recognized. Baranski finished the decade with roles in “The Odd Couple II,” “Bulworth,” “Cruel Intentions,” and “Bowfinger.”
In the early 2000s, Baranski played Martha May Whovier in Ron Howard’s live-action adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Additionally, she played Mary Sunshine in the 2002 Best Picture Oscar winner “Chicago,” directed by Rob Marshall, as well as the sex comedy “The Guru.”
Following that, Baranski had cameos in a number of movies, including “Bonneville,” “Marci X,” “Welcome to Mooseport,” “Falling for Grace,” and others. In 2008, she appeared in the critically acclaimed musical adaptation “Of Mamma Mia!” alongside Meryl Streep and Julie Walters.
She made a comeback in the sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” ten years later. The musical “Into the Woods,” in which she played Cinderella’s stepmother, the political thriller “Miss Sloane,” and the movie “A Bad Moms Christmas” are among the notable roles Baranski has played.
Actor Matthew Cowles and Baranski wed in 1983; they remained together until his death in 2014. The couple has two daughters: Lily, an actress, and attorneys Isabel and Lily.