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Kathy Baker



An earthy strawberry blonde who has skirted typical leading lady roles to build a respectable career out of commendable supporting performances, talented Kathy Baker has time and again proven her cinematic worth with indispensable turns in such films as Edward Scissorhands (1990) and The Cider House Rules (1999). A native of Midland, TX, who received a degree in French from the University of California at Berkley, Baker studied briefly at the California Institute of Arts before abandoning her further education to reside in Paris for a number of years.



After returning stateside to make a name for herself on stage and screen, Baker found 1983 to be a pivotal year for her career when she won an Obie for her role in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love and made a lasting impression in director Philip Kaufman's space program drama The Right Stuff. Subsequent roles as a prostitute in Street Smart (1987) and a recovering alcoholic and victim of domestic abuse in Clean and Sober (1988) proved a testament to Baker's considerable onscreen skills; her performance in Street Smart earned her Best Supporting Actress awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics as well as an Independent Spirits awards nomination.



Baker was increasingly prevalent in quirky dramas throughout the 1990s, but it was her work on the small screen that earned Baker the majority of her recognition in that decade. Her winning performance as a small-town doctor and family woman proved a key component in the success of the small-screen drama Picket Fences during the show's 1992-1996 run, and though she would focus her attention on the series, Baker still made time to appear in such theatrical releases as Mad Dog and Glory (1993) and To Gillian in Her 37th Birthday (1996).



Frequently alternating between high-profile releases and independent efforts, no matter what the quality of the films, Baker's performances were consistently solid. The new millennium once again found Baker scoring a hit with her role in the popular television comedy drama Boston Public, and though she only served a two-season stint on the series, she soon returned to television work with Murphy's Dozen on 2003. Her role as an overbearing mother tackled the issue of teenage pregnancy to surprising effect in the 2002 made-for-television effort Too Young to Be a Dad. Following a supporting performance in Robert Duvall's Assassination Tango (also 2002), Baker could be spotted in director Anthony Minghella's eagerly anticipated Civil War romance Cold Mountain (2003).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
51% Boulevard
  • Joy
2015
55% The Age of Adaline
  • Kathy Jones
2015
No Score Yet The Party Is Over
  • Executive Producer
  • Appoline
2015
No Score Yet Return to Zero
  • Kathleen Callaghan
2014
78% Saving Mr. Banks
  • Tommie
2013
No Score Yet Model Home
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall
  • Therapist
2013
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
  • Rose Gammon
2012
92% Take Shelter
  • Sarah
2011
29% Machine Gun Preacher
  • Daisy
2011
14% Seven Days In Utopia
  • Mabel
2011
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
  • Rose Gammon
2011
No Score Yet Too Big to Fail
  • Wendy Paulson
2011
No Score Yet Miss Nobody
  • Claire McKinney
2010
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: No Remorse
  • Rose Gammon
2010
No Score Yet Unstable
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Thin Ice
  • Rose Gammon
2009
70% Last Chance Harvey
  • Jean
2009
No Score Yet Shades of Ray
  • Janet Rehman
2008
65% The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Bernadette
2007
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Sea Change
  • Rose Gammon
2007
11% All The King's Men
  • Mrs. Burden
2006
75% Nine Lives
  • Camille
2005
No Score Yet Fathers and Sons
  • Nora
2005
No Score Yet Spring Break Shark Attack
  • Mary
2005
67% Frankie and Johnny Are Married
  • Herself
2004
64% 13 Going on 30
  • Beverly Rink
2004
No Score Yet Sucker Free City
  • Cleo
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Sally Swanger
2003
No Score Yet Picking Up & Dropping Off
  • Halley
2003
48% Assassination Tango
  • Maggie
2003
No Score Yet Ten Tiny Love Stories
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Gladys
2002
No Score Yet Too Young to Be a Dad
  • Susan Freeman
2002
21% The Glass House
  • Nancy Ryan
2001
No Score Yet Ratz
  • Doris Trowbridge
2001
No Score Yet Nora Roberts' Sanctuary
  • Aunt Kate
2001
No Score Yet A Little Inside
  • Nancy
2001
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
  • Rose
2000
No Score Yet A Season for Miracles
  • Ruth Doyle
1999
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Nurse Angela
1999
31% Inventing the Abbotts
  • Helen Holt
1997
No Score Yet Not in This Town
  • Tammy Schnitzer
1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction
  • Mrs. Powers
1997
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  • Esther
1996
No Score Yet Lush Life
  • Janice Gorky
1994
78% Mad Dog and Glory
  • Lee
1993
39% Jennifer 8
  • Margie Ross
1992
46% Article 99
  • Dr. Diana Walton
1992
89% Edward Scissorhands
  • Joyce Monroe
1990
40% Mr. Frost
  • Dr. Sarah Day
1990
No Score Yet The Image
  • Marcie Guilford
1990
20% Mister Frost
  • Actor
1990
56% Dad
  • Annie
1989
64% Jacknife
  • Martha Flannigan
1989
58% Clean and Sober
  • Charlie
1988
50% Permanent Record
  • Martha Sinclair
1988
69% Street Smart
  • Punchy
1987
No Score Yet A Killing Affair
  • Maggie Gresham
1986
98% The Right Stuff
  • Louise Shepard
1983
No Score Yet Packing Heat
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Camille
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Camille
Monk
2002-2009
  • Sylvia Fairbourn
No Score Yet Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
  • Mia
70% Against the Wall
2011
  • Sheila Kowalski
56% The Ranch
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Hannah
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Anna
29% Those Who Kill
2014
  • Marie
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
  • Diana
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Linda Collins
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Maggie
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Guest
  • Majorie DuBois Joe's Mom Marjorie DuBois
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Gail Pollack

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