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      Christine Baranski

      Christine Baranski

      Highest Rated: 92% Reversal of Fortune (1990)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 2, 1952

      Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

      Christine Baranski was an American actress who used her razor sharp wit and statuesque good looks to become one of the most memorable faces in entertainment for decades, especially on television, where she racked up an astounding 15 Primetime Emmy nominations. Born on May 2, 1952 in Buffalo, New York, Baranski caught the acting bug from her grandparents, who were actors in the Polish theater. She studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City, graduating with a BFA in 1974. Baranski's first professional acting job was an appearance on the short-lived sitcom "Busting Loose" (CBS, 1977) in 1977. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1980, appearing in "Coming Attractions" at Playwrights Horizons. Two years later, Baranski made her film debut with a cameo role in 'Soup for One" (1982). A few years of small roles and cameos followed before Baranski made a big splash, co-starring in the erotic drama "9 1/2 Weeks" (1986), alongside Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Her next big break came when she played Becky Martin-Granger in the smash hit sequel "Addams Family Values" (1993). However, Baranski's true break came when she was cast as Maryanne Thorpe, the sarcastic, hard-drinking best friend of Cybill Shepherd's title character in the popular sitcom "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Baranski was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for each season that the show was on the air, winning once, for the first season. She also received an Emmy nomination around this time for her guest appearance on a 1999 episode of "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) in which she played an intimidating radio psychiatrist who becomes a nemesis for Dr. Frasier Crane. After "Cybill" ended, Baranski co-starred on two short-lived sitcoms, "Welcome to New York" (CBS, 2000-01), and "Happy Family" (NBC, 2003-04), before returning to the big screen to appear as one of Meryl Streep's best friends, Tanya Chesham-Leigh in the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" (2006). In 2009, Baranski made her first appearance as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, the emotionally aloof psychiatrist and neuroscientist mother to Johnny Galecki's Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the mega hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-2019). She would receive yet another Emmy nomination for her performance, and go on to reprise the role in over ten more episodes. That same year, Baranski took on the role of Diane Lockhart on the legal drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016). She received another six Emmy nods for the role, and her character proved to be so popular that when the series ended in 2016, she was given her own spinoff, "The Good Fight" (CBS, 2017-). Baranski could next be seen reprising her role as Tanya Chesham-Leigh in the hit sequel "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!" (2018).

      Highest rated movies

      Reversal of Fortune
      Chicago The Birdcage Bowfinger Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Bulworth Addams Family Values
      The Ref

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      Christine Baranski at the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! - World Premiere at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London on Monday 16 July 2018 Photoshot/Everett Collection, Christine Baranski at arrivals for 32nd Annual PALEYFEST Presentation: CBS'' THE GOOD WIFE, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 7, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - Arrivals 2, The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), Los Angeles, CA September 20, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for The Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala: Saint-Saens' 'Samson et Dalila', Lincoln Center, New York, NY September 24, 2018. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards - ARRIVALS 1, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2011. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for THE GOOD FIGHT Series Premiere on CBS All Access, Jazz at Lincoln Center''s Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York, NY February 8, 2017. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for DGA Honors, DGA New York Theater, New York, NY October 18, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for RICKI AND THE FLASH Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square, New York, NY August 3, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for THE GOOD FIGHT at PaleyFest New York 2018, Paley Center for Media, New York, NY October 15, 2018. Photo By: Steve Mack/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for 32nd Annual PALEYFEST Presentation: CBS'' THE GOOD WIFE, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 7, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for INTO THE WOODS World Premiere - Part 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY December 8, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards - ARRIVALS, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA September 23, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection Christine Baranski at arrivals for The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards - ARRIVALS 1, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2011. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection The Good Wife, Christine Baranski, 09/22/2009, ©CBS The Good Wife, Christine Baranski, 09/22/2009, ©CBS MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, CHRISTINE BARANSKI, 2018. PH: JONATHAN PRIME/© UNIVERSAL STUDIOS The Good Wife, Christine Baranski, 09/22/2009, ©CBS MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, FROM LEFT: CHRISTINE BARANSKI, JULIE WALTERS, 2018. PH: JONATHAN PRIME/© UNIVERSAL STUDIOS The Good Wife, Archie Panjabi (L), Christine Baranski (R), 'Old Spice', Season 6, Ep. #6, 10/26/2014, ©KSITE The Good Wife, Christine Baranski, 09/22/2009, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      64% 51% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square Regina Fuller (Character) - 2020
      76% 73% On Broadway Self $82.3K 2019
      91% 100% Every Act of Life Self - 2018
      79% 66% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Tanya (Character) $120.6M 2018
      32% 43% A Bad Moms Christmas Ruth (Character) $72.1M 2017
      75% 67% Trolls Chef (Voice) $153.6M 2016
      71% 49% Into the Woods Cinderella's Stepmother (Character) $128.0M 2014
      No Score Yet 43% Yellowbird Janet (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Is Simon Miller? Amanda (Character) - 2011
      12% 51% The Bounty Hunter Kitty Hurley (Character) $67.1M 2010
      55% 66% Mamma Mia! Tanya (Character) $143.7M 2008
      No Score Yet 49% Falling for Grace Bree (Character) - 2006
      41% 43% Bonneville Francine (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 31% Relative Strangers Arleen Clayton (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 38% Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Lee Bellmont (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 62% Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy? Amelia von Butch (Voice) - 2005
      13% 19% Welcome to Mooseport Charlotte Cole (Character) $14.5M 2004
      No Score Yet 73% Eloise at Christmastime Prunella Stickler (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 69% Eloise at the Plaza Prunella Stickler (Character) - 2003
      8% 29% Marci X Mary Ellen Spinkle (Character) $1.6M 2003
      57% 40% The Guru Chantal (Character) $3.0M 2002
      86% 83% Chicago Mary Sunshine (Character) $170.7M 2002
      49% 58% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Martha May Who-vier (Character) $260.4M 2000
      81% 61% Bowfinger Carol (Character) $66.4M 1999
      54% 80% Cruel Intentions Bunny Caldwell (Character) $38.6M 1999
      76% 68% Bulworth Constance Bulworth (Character) $26.4M 1998
      27% 56% Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II Thelma (Character) $18.9M 1998
      84% 81% The Birdcage Katherine Archer (Character) $124.0M 1996
      64% 83% New Jersey Drive Prosecutor (Character) $2.9M 1995
      70% 67% Jeffrey Ann Marwood Bartle (Character) $3.3M 1995
      25% 73% The War Miss Strapford (Character) $16.5M 1994
      74% 73% The Ref Connie Chasseur (Character) $11.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 40% Getting In Mrs. Margaret "Maggie" Higgs (Character) - 1994
      75% 63% Addams Family Values Becky Martin-Granger (Character) $45.7M 1993
      56% 35% The Night We Never Met Lucy (Character) $1.4M 1993
      No Score Yet 79% To Dance With the White Dog Kate (Character) - 1993
      92% 78% Reversal of Fortune Andrea Reynolds (Character) $10.5M 1990
      60% 56% Nine 1/2 Weeks Thea (Character) - 1986
      44% 32% Legal Eagles Carol Freeman (Character) $47.2M 1986
      0% 34% Crackers Maxine (Character) - 1984
      40% 36% Lovesick Nymphomanic (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soup for One Blonde in Bar (Character) - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      86% 56% The Gilded Age Agnes van Rhijn (Character) 2022-2023
      80% 90% Praise Petey White (Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances at the Met Host 2023
      95% 65% The Good Fight Diane Lockhart (Character) 2017-2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2015 2017-2018 2020-2022
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fancy Nancy Mrs. Devine (Character),
      Ms. Devine (Guest Voice)
      2018-2021
      85% 76% The Simpsons Herself (Guest Voice) 2021
      No Score Yet 64% The Bravest Knight The Dragon (Voice) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Guest Star) 2009 2011 2013-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017
      93% 90% The Good Wife Diane Lockhart (Character) 2009-2016
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Herself (Guest Voice) 2013
      89% 94% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Victoria Hartley (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Homeless Woman (Guest Voice) 2006
      27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2006
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      63% No Score Yet Happy Family Annie Brennan (Character) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      54% No Score Yet Welcome to New York Marsha Bickner (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2000-2001
      95% 94% Frasier Dr. Nora Fairchild (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Maryann Thorpe (Character) 1995-1998
      No Score Yet 75% 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Victoria Baines (Guest Star) 1985