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Overview (3)

Born in Buffalo, New York, USA
Birth NameChristine Jane Baranski
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Christine Baranski was born on May 2, 1952 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Christine Jane Baranski. She is an actress, known for Chicago (2002), Mamma Mia! (2008) and Into the Woods (2014). She was previously married to Matthew Cowles.

Spouse (1)

Matthew Cowles (15 October 1983 - 22 May 2014) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Raises her children without television because she doesn't approve of the sexual content and violence on the screen.
May 28, 1991: Starred in the first production of Terrence McNally's play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" with Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane and Anthony Heald.
Mother, with Matthew Cowles, of daughters Isabel Cowles (born in 1984) and Lily Cowles (born in 1987).
Attended high school at the Villa Maria Motherhouse Complex.
Received her Bachelor's degree from Juilliard School in 1974.
Daughter of Virginia (Mazurowski) and Lucien Baranski. Her father edited a Polish-language newspaper. Her grandparents were theatre actors.
Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play): in 1984 for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; and in 1989 for "Rumors".
Her daughter, Lily Cowles, is a student at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
At age 19 in Juilliard, she was awarded $1000 for living expenses because she was "the most hard-working, economically needy student". But instead, she admits, she used the money to spend two months in Europe.
Her parents were both of Polish descent.
Currently lives in Conneticut.
She won her first Tony Award in the Broadway play "The Real Thing", in which she played a woman having an affair with a character played by Jeremy Irons (who also won a Tony Award). Five years later, she appeared in the film Reversal of Fortune (1990), in which she again played a woman having an affair with a character played by Jeremy Irons, who this time won an Oscar for his performance.
In an interview on NPR, she shared that her #1 football loyalty is to her hometown Buffalo Bills, but that she defaults to the New England Patriots if the Bills don't advance.
In her acceptance speech for her second Tony Award for the Broadway play "Rumors", she announced that her win made her the 100th person to ever receive an award for working on or appearing in a Neil Simon production in film, television or theater.
Has 2 daughters with her now late husband Matthew Cowles - Isabel Cowles (b.1984) & Lily Cowles (b.1987).
Before hitting it "big" on the TV series Cybill (1995) she had already completed close to 20 years success in New York theater, both on and off Broadway, garnering wins in all major acting areas (Tony Award, Obie Award, Lortel Award, and Drama Desk Award).

Personal Quotes (8)

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.
I attribute the longevity of my career to the fact that I didn't have to carry that mantle [beauty]. I was never beautiful so I'm not unbeautiful. I may not have been a leading lady, but I had great clothes and funny lines. I think I had more flexibility.
[on her 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award] It baffles me a little. Maybe it keeps me young, but I still feel like I have so much left to do. I don't feel there's a period at the end of this sentence yet.
[on Mamma Mia! (2008)] If you want to approach it critically there are a million things you could take issue with, but I don't even think that's the point. The point is to sit back and enjoy the ABBA tunes and scenery of the Greek islands. We loved making it and people clearly love watching it.
I rarely play a victim. I'm usually someone who's kind of foxy with great lines. I always say that my career has been great one-liners and great clothes. I've been lucky. I almost consistently play characters who are famous for being well dressed. And there's always a feistiness to the characters I play and a real strength.
[on Diane Lockhart] I loved the way she was written and she has remained that consistently highly professional female figure in the workplace and a complex female character. It's been a great privilege for me to have a role of such great texture for such a long time. No actor expects to get a seven-year run on anything.

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