CHRISTINE BARANSKI Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Christine Baranski                                                               
Born. 2 May 1952 Buffalo, New York                                                     
Christine Jane Baranski (born May 2, 1952) is an Emmy- and Tony Award- winning         
American actress.                                                                     
Baranski was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Virginia (née Mazerowski)     
and Lucien Baranski, who edited a Polish-language newspaper. She is of                 
Polish descent. Baranski attended Villa Maria Academy, after which she                 
studied at Juilliard. She has been married to actor Matthew Cowles since 1983.         
They have two daughters.                                                               
Baranski's Broadway credits include : The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, The House of         
Blue Leaves, Rumors, Regrets Only and Follies. She has won both the Tony and           
Drama Desk Award twice. Baranski had a role as Cybill Shepherd's hard-drinking         
friend Maryanne Thorpe in the CBS sitcom Cybill, which ran from 1995 until 1998,       
during which time she hosted Saturday Night Live. She had an uncredited role in       
the series Now and Again as the voice of Roger's overbearing wife Ruth, who was       
never seen by viewers. She later appeared in the 2000-2001 sitcom Welcome to New       
York and, with John Larroquette, in the 2003-2004 NBC sitcom Happy Family. Her         
film credits include Addams Family Values, Chicago, How the Grinch Stole               
Christmas!, Bulworth, Bowfinger, The Birdcage, Cruel Intentions, and Falling for       
Grace. At the Kennedy Center, Baranski starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in       
2002 and as Mame in Mame in 2006.