Blanche Baker

Actor, Sculptor
Baker first came to attention with an Emmy-winning supporting role in the miniseries "Holocaust" (1978). She has appeared regularly in films since her 1979 debut as Alan Alda's teenage daughter in "The Seduction of Joe ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1956 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Hypothermia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Life Zone 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Victoria Wise (Actor)

Truth 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Carter Moore (Actor)

The Girl Next Door 2007 (Movie)

Ruth Chandler (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Funny 1995 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Bum Rap 1993 (Movie)

Lisa DuSoir (Actor)

Davis Rules 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Livin' Large 1991 (Movie)

Kate Penndragin (Actor)

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

Ofglen (Actor)

Shakedown 1988 (Movie)

Gail Feinberger (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Amy Kaminski (Actor)

Embassy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Feet 1984 (Movie)

Leslie Christo (Actor)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Ginny (Actor)

French Postcards 1979 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

Janet Tynan (Actor)

Holocaust -- The Story of the Family Weiss 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Embassy (Movie)

Megan Hillyer (Actor)

Nobody's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Chance (TV Show)

Actor

The Awakening of Candra (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Show)

Actor

Wishin' and Hopin' (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Baker first came to attention with an Emmy-winning supporting role in the miniseries "Holocaust" (1978). She has appeared regularly in films since her 1979 debut as Alan Alda's teenage daughter in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan". Among her more notable roles were as Molly Ringwald's self-involved older sister in "Sixteen Candles" (1984) and as the ruthless news station director in "Livin' Large" (1991). Baker made her Broadway debut in the title role of "Lolita" (1981) opposite Donald Sutherland. Daughter of actress Carroll Baker and director Jack Garfein.

Relationships

Robert Bruce Van Dusen

Husband
born c. 1953 married on October 1, 1983 separated divorced in 2002

Carroll Baker Actor

Mother
Separated from Baker's father in 1964

Donald Burton

Step-Father

Dara Dusen

Daughter
born c. 1986

Wynnie Dusen

Daughter
born c. 1993

Zane Dusen

Son
born c. 1984

Jack Garfein

Father
separated from Baker's mother in 1964

Herschel Garfein

Brother
born c. 1957

EDUCATION

studied acting with Uta Hagen

Wellesley College

Wellesley , Massachusetts
dropped out after two years in 1976

Milestones

1996

Began exhibiting her artwork using her married name, Blanche Van Dusen

1995

Last film role (to date) "Dead Funny"

1992

Took classes in sculpting

1991

Had featured role in the comedy "Livin' Large"

1988

Appeared in "Shakedown" and "Bum Rap"

1986

Co-starred with Marlo Thomas in the CBS telefilm "Nobody's Child"

1986

Acted in "Raw Deal"

1984

Cast as Molly Ringwald's older sister in "Sixteen Candles"

1983

Played a real-life teenage bride who was kidnapped on her honeymoon in the CBS movie "The Awakening of Candra"

1981

Broadway debut in title role of Edward Albee's stage adaptation of "Lolita"

1979

Had female lead in the ABC Christmas drama "Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith"

1979

Film acting debut in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"

1978

TV debut in miniseries "Holocaust"; won Emmy Award

1978

Professional stage debut in "White Marriage" with Yale Repertory Company

Raised in NYC and L.A.

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