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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

65 Groovy Things about Christine Baranski on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Christine Baranski's 65th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1) She was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 2, 1952.

2) In June 1972, she appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of Hamlet starring Stacy Keach, Colleen Dewhurst and James Earl Jones.

3) She made her television debut in a 1977 episode of the CBS sitcom, Busting Loose, starring Adam Arkin.

4) In January 1978, she and Teri Garr appeared in the melodrama, One Crack Out, at the Phoenix Theater's Marymount stage in NYC.

5) She appeared in the 1980 CBS movie, Playing for Time, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander.

6) She made her Broadway debut in the 1980 thriller, Hide and Seek, starring Elizabeth Ashley.

7) In December 1980, she appeared opposite Griffin Dunne in the musical satire, Coming Attractions, at NYC's Playwrights Horizons.

8) In February 1982, she and Bernadette Peters starred in the Off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club production of Sally and Marsha.

9) She made her feature film debut as "Blonde in Bar" in the 1982 romantic comedy, Soup for One, starring Saul Rubinek and Marcia Strassman.

10) She won a 1983 Obie Award for her performance as Helena in the 1982 New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was filmed for television.

11) She played "The Nymphomaniac" in the 1983 romantic comedy, Lovesick, starring Dudley Moore and Elizabeth McGovern.

12) She played Beverly Tucker on the NBC daytime soap opera, Another World, in August-September 1983.

13) She won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the Tom Stoppard drama, The Real Thing.

14) She appeared in the 1984 comedy, Crackers, starring Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden and Sean Penn.

15) In October-November 1984, she appeared on the ABC soap opera, All My Children, as Jewel Maniscalo, the love interest of Billy Clyde Tuggle (who was played by Christine's husband, Matthew Cowles, whom she married in October 1983).

16) In January 1985, she replaced Judith Ivey in the Broadway production of Hurlyburly.

17) She and Joe Mantegna starred in the 1985 NBC sitcom pilot, Big Shots in America, which was produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels.

18) In January 1986, she starred with James Coco and Joanna Gleason in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.

19) In June 1986, she replaced Stockard Channing in the Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves, which was filmed before a live audience and broadcast in 1987 on the PBS series, American Playhouse.

20) She put a spoon on her nose in the 1986 erotic drama, 9½ Weeks, starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.

21) She appeared in the 1986 comedy, Legal Eagles, starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah.

22) She won the 1989 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors.

23) In June 1990, she and David Hyde Pierce starred in the Mike Nichols-directed Off-Broadway production of Elliot Loves.

24) She played Claus von Bulow's girlfriend in the 1990 film, Reversal of Fortune, starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.

25) She starred in the 1991 Broadway musical, Nick & Nora, which ran for 71 previews and nine performances.

26) She won the 1992 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for the 1991 Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, which also starred Swoosie Kurtz and Nathan Lane.

27) She appeared in the 1993 romantic comedy, The Night We Never Met, starring Matthew Broderick and Annabella Sciorra.

28) She played summer camp counselor Becky Martin-Granger in the 1993 dark comedy, Addams Family Values.

29) In October 1993, she starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Loman Family Picnic.

30) She played Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy's daughter in the CBS movie, To Dance with the White Dog, which aired on December 5, 1993.

31) She played Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey's sister-in-law Connie in the 1994 dark comedy, The Ref.

32) She played Ann Marwood Bartle, the socialite hostess of a "Hoe-Down for AIDS" benefit, in the 1995 gay comedy, Jeffrey.

33) She won a 1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Cybill Shepherd's best friend Maryann Thorpe on the 1995-98 CBS sitcom, Cybill.

34) She was the host of Saturday Night Live on May 11, 1996.

35) She appeared in the 1996 comedy, The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

36) In March 1997, she played Marge MacDougall (opposite Martin Short) in the New York City Center's Encores! staged concert of the musical, Promises, Promises.

37) She and Jean Smart played two wild women in the 1998 comedy, The Odd Couple II, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

38) She played Warren Beatty's wife in the 1998 comedy, Bulworth.

39) She played Selma Blair's mother in the 1999 teen drama, Cruel Intentions.

40) She appeared in the 1999 comedy, Bowfinger, starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy.

41) She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as an intimidating radio psychiatrist in a 1999 episode of NBC's Frasier.

42) She played morning news show producer Marsha Bickner on the 2000-01 CBS sitcom, Welcome to New York, which ran for 13 episodes.

43) She played the Grinch's lifelong crush, Martha May Whovier, in Ron Howard's 2000 comedy, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

44) She played Marisa Tomei's mother in the 2002 comedy, The Guru.

45) She won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the 2002 Kennedy Center production of Sweeney Todd.

46) She played reporter Mary Sunshine in the 2002 movie musical, Chicago.

47) She played conservative senator Mary Ellen Spinkle in the 2003 comedy, Marci X, starring Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans.

48) She played event planner Prunella Stickler in two 2003 movies, Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, which aired on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney.

49) She played John Larroquette's wife in the 2003-04 NBC sitcom, Happy Family.

50) She and Barry Bostwick played the parents of a male witch (Dave Annable) in the 2004 Fox pilot, Spellbound.

51) She played Gene Hackman's ex-wife in the 2004 comedy, Welcome to Mooseport.

52) She and Bernadette Peters starred in the 2005 ABC sitcom pilot, Adopted.

53) In June 2006, she played Mame in the Kennedy Center production of Mame.

54) In October 2006, she starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Paul Rudnick's Regrets Only.

55) In February 2007, she played Carlotta Campion in the New York City Center's Encores! staged concert of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

56) She starred in the 2008 Broadway revival of the comedy, Boeing-Boeing.

57) She played Meryl Streep's former bandmate Tanya in the 2008 movie musical, Mamma Mia!

58) She played Victoria Hartley, the mother of Betty's boyfriend, in three 2009 episodes of ABC's Ugly Betty.

59) She has received four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her recurring role as Leonard's mother Beverly Hofstadter on CBS's The Big Bang Theory (she has appeared in 11 episodes of the sitcom since 2009).

60) She received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Diane Lockhart on the 2009-16 CBS drama, The Good Wife.

61) She played Jennifer Aniston's mother in the 2010 film, The Bounty Hunter.

62) She played Cinderella's Stepmother in the 2014 movie musical, Into the Woods.

63) On April 28, 2015, she played Phyllis Rogers Stone in a concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at London's Royal Albert Hall.

64) On May 20, 2016, Ms. Baranski - an honorary doctorate recipient - addressed Juilliard graduates at the 111th graduation ceremony at Alice Tully Hall.

65) She reprised her Good Wife role as Diane Lockhart on the CBS All Access sequel, The Good Fight, which premiered on February 19, 2017, and was renewed for a second season. She promoted the series on Popcorn With Peter Travers in March 2017.


Ciro Cirino said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful look at an actress that I adore. I have loved her in everything I have seen her in. Cybil, Big Bang Theory, Birdcage, et al. She was great in everything. And "Best Wishes" to her on her birthday.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you liked the post, Ciro Cirino. I adore her as well.