Christine Baranski

Actor, Singer
While comic actress Christine Baranski was the winner of multiple Tony Awards for her extensive work on Broadway, she was more widely known by television audiences for her scene-stealing performance as Cybill Shepherd's ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1952 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

The Good Wife 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Big Bang Theory 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Stepmother (Actor)

Yellowbird 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Good Wife: A New Beginning 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Chalet Girl 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Who is Simon Miller? 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Kitty Hurley (Actor)

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Francine Holden Packard (Actor)

Falling for Grace 2008 (Movie)

Bree Barrington (Actor)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Happy Family 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Mooseport 2004 (Movie)

Charlotte Cole (Actor)

Behind the Movie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

Mary Ellen Spinkle (Actor)

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Chantal (Actor)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Mary Sunshine (Actor)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

All-American Thanksgiving Parade 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to New York 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Martha May Whovier (Actor)

Inside Out 2000 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Canned Ham: Bowfinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Intentions 1999 (Movie)

Bunny Caldwell (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Constance Bulworth (Actor)

Cybill 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Sneak Peek '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1996) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight: The Birdcage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

Katharine (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeffrey 1995 (Movie)

Ann Marwood Bartle (Actor)

New Jersey Drive 1995 (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

The War 1994 (Movie)

Miss Strapford (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Becky Granger (Actor)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

The Night We Never Met 1993 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Andrea Reynolds (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

Thea (Actor)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

Carol Freeman (Actor)

Big Shots in America 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Nymphomaniac (Actor)

Soup For One 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eloise at Christmastime (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise at the Plaza (TV Show)

Actor

Playing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

To Dance With the White Dog (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

("Careful My Toe") (Song Performer)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

("Money, Money, Money") (Song Performer)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("We Both Reached For The Gun") (Song Performer)

Biography

While comic actress Christine Baranski was the winner of multiple Tony Awards for her extensive work on Broadway, she was more widely known by television audiences for her scene-stealing performance as Cybill Shepherd's dagger-tongued, gin-swilling best friend Maryann Thorpe on the CBS sitcom, "Cybill" (1995-98). Her delicious turn earned numerous accolades, including a 1995 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and begat a prolific screen career that included spirited performances in features "The Birdcage" (1996), "Bowfinger" (1999), and "Chicago" (2002), which also showcased the actress' later-career tendency towards musicals. Throughout the years, Baranski also maintained a steady presence onstage and on television with several Emmy Award-nominated guest spots on sitcoms. A rare performer welcome in both mediums, she unfailingly delivered laughs by tossing off Oscar Wilde-worthy one-liners and sending up the image of self-absorbed "society" types better than anyone of her generation.

Relationships

Virginia Baranski

Mother

Lucien Baranski

Father
Worked for a Polish-language newspaper

Matthew Cowles Actor

Wife
Married October 15, 1983.

Isabel Cowles

Daughter
Born c. 1987 father, Matthew Cowles

Lily Cowles

Daughter
Born c. 1984 father, Matthew Cowles

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1974

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

2009

Cast opposite Julianna Margulies in the CBS drama, "The Good Wife"

2009

Played Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, an unemotional expert in psychiatry and neural science, and Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) mom in "The Big Bang Theory"

2008

Starred in the Broadway revival of "Boeing-Boeing"

2008

Cast in the film adaptation of the ABBA stage musical "Mamma Mia!"

2006

Played the title role in the Broadway revival of "Mame" at the Kennedy Center

2004

Appeared in the comedy "Welcome to Mooseport"

2003

Co-starred with John Larroquette in the NBC sitcom "Happy Family"

2003

Appeared in the Hollywood/Bollywood satire "The Guru"

2002

Cast as Mrs. Lovett in the Kennedy Center production of "Sweeney Todd"

2002

Played reporter Mary Sunshine in the film version of "Chicago"

2000

Had featured role as the title character's childhood sweetheart in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

2000

Executive produced and starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York"

1999

Played fading diva opposite Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Bowfinger"

1999

Garnered an Emmy nomination for her memorable guest appearance on NBC's "Frasier" as radio host Dr. Nora

1999

Returned to the stage as Mrs. Lovett in L.A.'s Reprise! concert production of "Sweeney Todd" co-starring Grammer

1998

Had featured role as a rauchy biker chick in "The Odd Couple II"

1998

Played the wife of Warren Beatty's suicidal US Senator in the political comedy "Bulworth"

1997

Starred in the Encores! presentation of "Promises, Promises" opposite Martin Short at Manhattan's City Center

1996

Appeared as Robin Williams' ex-wife in the Mike Nichols-directed "The Birdcage"

1995

Cast as Cybill Shepherd's hard-drinking friend Maryanne Thorpe in the CBS sitcom "Cybill"

1994

Delivered another gemlike comic performance as Kevin Spacey's hoity-toity sister-in-law in "The Ref"

1993

Offered a strong comic turn as a camp counselor in "Addams Family Values"

1991

Appeared in "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" at the Manhattan Theatre Club

1991

Starred in the ill-fated musical "Nick and Nora"

1990

Portrayed Andrea Reynolds opposite Irons' Claus von Bulow and Close's Sunny von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"

1988

Co-starred on Broadway in the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors"; picked up second Tony Award

1986

Replacing Stockard Channing as Bunny Flingus in the acclaimed Broadway revival of John Guare's comedy-drama, "The House of Blue Leaves" (reprised role in the TV version)

1985

Replaced Judith Ivey on the Broadway stage in the acclaimed production of David Rabe's play, "Hurlyburly"

1984

First garnered attention as a meter maid in Louis Malle's comedy "Crackers"

1984

Co-starred Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's Broadway comedy "The Real Thing"; directed by Mike Nichols

1982

Feature film debut, "Soup for One"

1980

Made Broadway debut in "Hide and Seek"

1980

Had supporting role in the landmark CBS TV drama "Playing for Time"

1976

Was member of the company of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey

1976

Appeared in a Baltimore production of "She Stoops to Conquer"

Born in Buffalo, New York

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