KATHY BAKER Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Katherine Whitton Baker                                                               
Born: 8 June 1950 Midland, Texas, United States                                             
Katherine Whitton Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning       
American character actress.                                                                 
Baker was born in Midland, Texas, the daughter of French-born Helene Andree "Lany"           
(née Whitton) and John Seawand Baker, who was a geologist and educator. She                 
was raised a Quaker. She studied acting at the California Institute of the                   
Arts in the early seventies. She later earned a B.A. degree in French in 1977               
from UC Berkeley. Baker lives in southern California and has a son named Lucca.             
Baker has appeared in numerous films including Edward Scissorhands, The Right               
Stuff, Street Smart, Jacknife and Cold Mountain. As a small-town doctor in the               
David E. Kelley television series Picket Fences she would win Emmy awards for               
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times in the show's four-year               
run (1993, 1995 and 1996).                                                                   
Baker began her career at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, performing in several               
of Sam Shepard's plays before getting her break in an off-Broadway production of             
Fool for Love opposite Ed Harris. Her recent projects include the 2006 remake of             
All the King's Men and 2007's The Jane Austen Book Club.