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Name: Christine Lahti                                                                   
Born: 4 April 1950 Birmingham, Michigan                                                 
Christine Lahti (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and Academy Award-winning   
film director.                                                                         
Lahti was born in Birmingham, Michigan, the daughter of Elizabeth Margaret (née       
Tabar), a painter, homemaker and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti, a surgeon.             
Lahti has Finnish ancestry. Her surname means "a gulf", "a bay" or "a cove" in         
Finnish; Lahti is also a city in Finland, near Helsinki. Lahti studied fine arts       
at Florida State University and received her bachelor's degree in drama from the       
University of Michigan, where she joined Delta Gamma sorority. She then toured         
Europe as part of a pantomime acting troupe.                                           
After university, Lahti headed to New York City, where she worked as a waitress         
and did commercials. Her breakthrough movie was …And Justice for All (1979) with     
Al Pacino. After starring in a few blockbuster hits in the 1970s and early 1980s,       
Lahti has chosen to be primarily in movies she wants to act in, rather than take       
blockbuster roles, and she is adamant about spending time with her three               
children. She has also chosen to focus on television, beginning with her role in       
the 1979 made-for-TV adaptation of The Executioner's Song. She appeared on             
Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's seriocomic play, The Heidi Chronicles.                 
Lahti received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Swing       
Shift in 1984, and won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for           
Lieberman in Love (1995), which she starred in and directed.                           
She won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her role in Chicago Hope. When she won       
her Golden Globe in 1998, she was in the bathroom, which was highly publicized         
in the press. She later made it a point to be good-humored about the incident,         
usually poking fun at herself at other awards shows.