Actress Christine Baranski was born on May 2,1952 in Buffalo, New York. Of Polish descent, she was exposed early to acting, as her grandparents were active in Polish theatre. She eventually took up training at Juilliard in New York City. However, she began acting in the late 1960s and 1970s, albeit in very occasional roles on screen.
While a veteran of the screen, Baranski earned more accolades for her work on stage. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1980, and her Broadway debut shortly after. In 1984, she picked up a Tony for her performance in the play The Real Thing; five years later, she would pick up another Tony for her role in Rumors. She also won two Drama Desk Awards. She left Broadway in 1991, but remained active in theater; she wouldn’t grace the district until in 2008.
Baranski supplemented her theater roles with occasional gigs on films, such as Lovesick, Legal Eagles and Addam Family Values. In 1995, she took her first regular television role, starring in the comedy series Cybill as self-indulgent drunkard Maryanne; it earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, apart from nominations from all three. She later topbilled an unsuccessful sitcom, Welcome to New York, in 2001. She would return as the female lead in another sitcom, Happy Family, which also met failing ratings.
She remained active in movies during the time, starring in The Grinch, Chicago and Mamma Mia! She also continued taking guest roles in television shows such as Ghost Whisperer, The Big Bang Theory and Ugly Betty. She later starred in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife.
- She got her training at Julliard, as well as with Michael Howard in New York City.
- She married Matthew Cowles on October 15, 1983. They have two daughters together, named Isabel and Lily. Both of them were raised without television.
2003: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards -Critics Choice Award - Best Acting Ensemble for: Chicago. Shared.
2003: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Chicago. Shared.
1997: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Cast for: The Birdcage. Shared.
1996: Viewers for Quality Television Awards - Q Award - Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series for: "Cybill"
1996: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for: "Cybill"
1996: American Comedy Award - Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series for: "Cybill"
1995: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for: "Cybill"
2009-2011: The Good Wife (TV series) - Diane Lockhart
2010: The Bounty Hunter - Kitty Hurley
2009: The Big Bang Theory (TV series) - Beverly Hofstadter
2009: Psych (TV series) - Alice Clayton
2009: Ugly Betty (TV series) - Victoria Hartley
2008: Mamma Mia! - Tanya
2006: American Dad! (TV series) - Homeless women
2006: Bonneville - Francine Holden Packard
2006: Relative Strangers - Arleen Clayton
2006: East Broadway - Bree
2006: Inseparable (TV movie) - Barbara
2005: Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (TV movie) - Lee Bellmont
2005: Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy? (video) - Amelia von Butch (voice)
2005: Ghost Whisperer (TV series) - Faith Clancy
2005: Adopted (TV movie) - Judy Rabinowitz
2003-2004: Happy Family (TV series) - Annie Brennan
2004: Welcome to Mooseport - Charlotte Cole
2004: Spellbound (TV movie)
2004: In the Game (TV movie)
2003: Eloise at Christmastime (TV movie) - Prunella Stickler
2003: Marci X - Mary Ellen Spinkle
2003: Eloise at the Plaza (TV movie) - Prunella Stickler
2002: Speed Racer X (TV series) - Trixie Fontaine (voice)/Spritle Fontaine (2002) (voice)
2002: Chicago - Mary Sunshine
2002: Presidio Med (TV series) - Dr. Terry Howland
2002: The Guru - Chantal
2001: Citizen Baines (TV series) - Glenn Ferguson Baines Welch
2000-2001: Welcome to New York (TV series) - Marsha Bickner
2000: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Martha May Whovier
1999: Now and Again (TV series) - Ruth Bender
1999: Bowfinger - Carol
1999: Frasier (TV series) - Dr. Nora Fairchild
1999: Cruel Intentions - Bunny Caldwell
1995-1998: Cybill (TV series) - Maryann Thorpe
1998: Bulworth - Constance Bulworth
1998: The Odd Couple II - Thelma
1997: 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV series) - Sonja Umdahl
1996: The Birdcage - Katherine Archer
1995: Jeffrey - Ann Marwood Bartle
1995: New Jersey Drive - Prosecutor
1994: The War - Miss Strapford
1994: Getting In - Mrs. Margaret 'Maggie' Higgs
1991-1994: Law & Order (TV series) - Katherine Masucci Beigel/Rose Siegal
1994: The Ref - Connie Chasseur
1993: To Dance with the White Dog (TV movie) - Kate
1993: Addams Family Values - Becky Martin-Granger
1993: Life with Mikey - Carol
1993: The Night We Never Met - Lucy
1992: Screenplay (TV series) - Blair Bennett
1990: Reversal of Fortune - Andrea Reynolds, Claus' Girlfriend
1988: The Thorns (TV series) - Polly
1987: The Pick-up Artist - Harriet
1987: The House of Blue Leaves (TV movie) - Bunny Flingus
1986: Legal Eagles - Carol Freeman
1986: Nine 1/2 Weeks - Thea
1985: The Equalizer (TV series) - Victoria Baines
1985: Big Shots in America (TV movie)
1984: All My Children (TV series) - Jewel Maniscalo
1984: Crackers - Maxine
1983: Another World (TV series) - Beverly Tucker
1983: Lovesick - Nymphomanic
1982: Soup for One - Blonde in Bar
1982: A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV movie) - Helena
1980: Playing for Time (TV movie) - Olga
1978: When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (TV movie) - Miriam Grasser
1970: The Brady Bunch (TV series) - Paula
1967: Who's Minding the Mint? - Little Girl
1967: Flipper (TV series) - Liz
1966: Combat! (TV series) - Paulette
"Acting is like a high wire act. Your margin for error is very slim."
"I wish I didn't have to live up to anything."
"I went to one of the world's great music schools, Juilliard, to acting school and never had any voice training. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I began to go and see a singing teacher, and I discovered I had a voice, but I never felt very much confidence about singing in public and rarely went up for musical auditions."