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Overview (3)

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Birth NameChristine Ann Lahti
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Christine Lahti was born April 4, 1950 in Birmingham, Michigan, to Elizabeth Margaret (Tabar), a painter and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti, a surgeon. She is of half Finnish and half Austro-Hungarian descent. She studied fine arts at Florida State University and received a bachelors degree in drama from the University of Michigan. In New York, Christine worked as a waitress and did commercials before she found her breakthrough role in And Justice for All (1979) with Al Pacino. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Swing Shift (1984) and won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love (1995) in which she starred and directed. Throughout her acting career, Christine primarily focused on television, with performances in Chicago Hope (1994), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Family (2)

Spouse Thomas Schlamme (4 September 1983 - present)  (3 children)
Parents Tabar, Elizabeth Margaret
Lahti, Paul Theodore

Trade Mark (1)

Deep smooth voice

Trivia (17)

Children with her husband Thomas Schlamme: sons Wilson Lahti Schlamme and Joseph Schlamme; one daughter, Emma Lahti.
Christine was in the bathroom when she won her Golden Globe in 1998. Christine now makes light of this whenever presenting or receiving an award. In 1999, she purposely presented for the Golden Globes with a piece of toilet paper attached to her shoe.
Lahti is Finnish for bay or cove.
During her early years in New York, Christine was a waitress and worked in Central Park as a mime.
Her father was of Finnish descent and her mother was of Austro-Hungarian ancestry.
Protested alongside fellow actresses Sally Field & Jane Fonda, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. (February 2004)
Has never done a nude scene or posed nude in her 25+ years in show business.
Traveled to Scotland with the Ann Arbor Mime Troupe.
Good friends with Pamela Martin.
Worked as a waitress in the Original Improvisation during her New York years.
Graduated from Florida State University.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Lahti designated The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) and Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) as her favorite films in an AFI poll.
Studied with William Esper and Uta Hagen.
She was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue for Outstanding Performance for "Three Hotels" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
In an interview on NPR, she referred to her role as A.D.A. Paxton on Law & Order: SVU, as one of her most rewarding roles on television. She said that she loved it so much she hoped there was a chance they could write her back in as a ghost, or in flashbacks. (Paxton was killed off in Season 13.).
As of 2018, has never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Personal Quotes (3)

(1998) I'm more proud of quitting smoking than of anything else I've done in my life, including winning an Oscar. I was so hooked on cigarettes that I allowed them to control my life. I had started smoking when I was 14 and after 20 years was up to 2 1/2 packs a day. I stay disciplined about eating right and working out now because once you get rid of something that self-destructive, you don't want unhealthy behavior anywhere in your life.
[on her role in "Just Between Friends") Sandy was the closest to me of any character I've played.
[on her college years in Ann Arbor] I was a hippie, but not a good one. I was secretly ambitious. I'd secretly watched the Academy Awards, which was definitely not cool.

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