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Christine Baranski

She was born in Buffalo, educated in New York City, and currently lives a quiet life in New England. She got her start on the stage, appearing in diverse productions from Hamlet to Company to The Cherry Orchard. Soon the juicy roles followed. First in films such as Reversal of Fortunate, The Birdcage, Cruel Intentions, and Chicago. However, she became a household name appearing in television; Cybil, The Good Wife, and, most recently, The Gilded Age, where she has been nominated for a staggering 13 Emmys.

Despite always appearing prim, posh, and well mannered, she claims it was an act she learned against her blue collar roots. "I think I decided early on that I wanted to speak a certain way, and it was a projection on my part," she says, "I wanted to go to New York and be a theatre actress, and I’m living my image of the kind of woman I wanted to be."

And she succeed. Let's discuss the great American actress Christine Baranski.

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by Anonymousreply 74April 5, 2024 5:26 PM

Nice The Guardian article about her.

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by Anonymousreply 1March 25, 2024 1:41 AM

She's actually quite intelligent and educated. A friend of mine was taking summer courses at Oxford University just before Covid, and Christine Baranski was in her classes.

by Anonymousreply 2March 25, 2024 1:42 AM

She also has a love of tennis, hiking, wine, literature, and opera

A true class act all around

by Anonymousreply 3March 25, 2024 1:43 AM

9th graders take summer classes at Oxford, too.

She married a pimp!

by Anonymousreply 4March 25, 2024 1:46 AM

And yet I find her irritating as hell.

by Anonymousreply 5March 25, 2024 1:50 AM

She's one of those celebs that I seems like a decent, not neurotic person who would be fun to hang out with.

I'd be so disappointed if it all turned out to be an act, and she's just another narcissistic, nasty one.

by Anonymousreply 6March 25, 2024 1:52 AM

For awhile, I was convinced that Christine Baranski was Marcia Brady's friend who got her in trouble at school by writing a caption for a picture Marcia drew.

But apparently it wasn't her. Damn it

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by Anonymousreply 7March 25, 2024 1:54 AM

Ungrateful bitch

by Anonymousreply 8March 25, 2024 2:00 AM

R6 I don't think she'll every let anyone see her 'real' side

by Anonymousreply 9March 25, 2024 2:00 AM

Her late husband Matthew Cowles was a descendant of 2 Gilded Age families...the Cowles of Publishing in NYC& the Drexel Family of Philadelphia (Finance, Banking, other things beyond Wealthy) Plus he was "BILLY CLYDE TUTTLE" PIMP OF DONNA BECK OF ALL MY CHILDREN FAME!!1

by Anonymousreply 10March 25, 2024 2:01 AM

I love her. From the moment I saw her for the first time on Cybil, I loved her. Dramatic. Bitchy. Fabulous. I watched The Gilded Age and she was classic Baranski.

by Anonymousreply 11March 25, 2024 2:04 AM

She was great as Bunny Flingus in The House of Blue Leaves. What a cast--Swoosie Kurtz, John Mahoney, and Baranski. It doesn't get better than that.

by Anonymousreply 12March 25, 2024 2:07 AM

And yet she was a lousy Mame and a lousy Mrs. Lovett.

by Anonymousreply 13March 25, 2024 2:12 AM

Every performance can't be a winner, R13.

by Anonymousreply 14March 25, 2024 2:13 AM

Thanks R12. I've added at top of my list for this week's viewing pleasure. I love Swoozie and Mahoney.

by Anonymousreply 15March 25, 2024 2:13 AM

The first time I remember seeing Baranski was in the Addams Family Values 1993 and she was absolute perfection. I've always had a soft spot for her ever since.

by Anonymousreply 16March 25, 2024 2:15 AM

Swoozie and Baranski were also in Cruel Intentions, the late 1990's low brow teen thriller based on Dangerous Liaisons starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon.

by Anonymousreply 17March 25, 2024 2:17 AM

And Swoosie was also in Dangerous Liaisons.

by Anonymousreply 18March 25, 2024 2:19 AM

The CBS Sunday Morning Interview

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by Anonymousreply 19March 25, 2024 2:25 AM

The Rosie O'Donnell Interview

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by Anonymousreply 20March 25, 2024 2:25 AM

The Rosie Interview 1997

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by Anonymousreply 21March 25, 2024 2:26 AM

IS the Good Wife worth the watch? Is it legally accurate?

by Anonymousreply 22March 25, 2024 2:32 AM

She's had an amazing career considering her rather offbeat looks. The first thing I can remember seeing her in is The Ref, with DL icon Judy Davis.

by Anonymousreply 23March 25, 2024 2:41 AM

I get her confused with other actresses that exude a similar pediatrician air.

by Anonymousreply 24March 25, 2024 2:56 AM

[quote]pediatrician air

Yet, she always plays rich women and rarely, if ever, played a doctor.

by Anonymousreply 25March 25, 2024 3:11 AM

[quote] I get her confused with other actresses that exude a similar pediatrician air.

Oh my fucking dear, R24.

by Anonymousreply 26March 25, 2024 3:26 AM

I actually enjoyed her Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. The only real weakness in that production was Kelsey MAGAer in the title role.

by Anonymousreply 27March 25, 2024 5:05 AM

Blue Leaves...

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by Anonymousreply 28March 25, 2024 5:18 AM

The Good Wife was a great show. Lots of clever plottting.

by Anonymousreply 29March 25, 2024 10:49 AM

Ben Stiller sucked in that play

by Anonymousreply 30March 25, 2024 10:56 AM

She's one of those actresses who will always make you want to watch whatever new project they're in, whether pedestrian or outlandish.

Jane Seymour and Kate Winslet are in the same league, at least to me: I will watch anything they star in.

by Anonymousreply 31March 25, 2024 11:04 AM

[quote]"I think I decided early on that I wanted to speak a certain way, and it was a projection on my part," she says, "I wanted to go to New York and be a theatre actress, and I’m living my image of the kind of woman I wanted to be."

I love the self-invented who do it well, not to hide their origins but to be who they want to be.

by Anonymousreply 32March 25, 2024 11:05 AM

Her finest moments as an actress were as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter. Comic gold.

Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 33March 25, 2024 11:48 AM

The Good Wife was great and The Good Fight was even better, IMO, as it focused on her.

by Anonymousreply 34March 25, 2024 11:56 AM

I saw her on Broadway with DL fave Glenn Close in the 80s in the play, The Real Thing. Can’t remember a thing about it except the cast’s fake and unconvincing English accents.

by Anonymousreply 35March 25, 2024 12:35 PM

The Lovett I was referring to was the one in DC with Stokes. Didn't see the LA version, but certainly can see her giving a better performance than Grammar.

by Anonymousreply 36March 25, 2024 12:43 PM

Is there a CD of Baranski/Stokes? They have to sign well

by Anonymousreply 37March 25, 2024 1:17 PM

[quote]She was great as Bunny Flingus in The House of Blue Leaves. What a cast--Swoosie Kurtz, John Mahoney, and Baranski. It doesn't get better than that.

This is on my list of Top 10 Best Theater I’ve Seen

by Anonymousreply 38March 25, 2024 1:21 PM

Another vote for her in The Addams Family Values

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by Anonymousreply 39March 25, 2024 1:24 PM

I was totally shocked when I found out she was married to Billy Clyde Tuttle from AMC. For someone descended from Gilded Age families, he sure looked white trash, even cleaned up he had a "look".

by Anonymousreply 40March 25, 2024 1:27 PM

Her last stop awaits…

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by Anonymousreply 41March 25, 2024 1:33 PM

Hilarious in The Ref with Judy Davis and Glynis Johns.

by Anonymousreply 42March 25, 2024 2:02 PM

R5 = Cybil Shepard

by Anonymousreply 43March 25, 2024 2:15 PM

I always enjoy the rerun of Frasier where she played a thinly veiled Dr. Laura type with mommy issues.

by Anonymousreply 44March 25, 2024 2:21 PM

Another Second Banana.

by Anonymousreply 45March 25, 2024 2:35 PM

R44, funny because I just saw that one last night. Hilarious when she's running around screaming with Piper Laurie chasing her calling her a cheap little whore and wanting money for a bottle of Matuse

by Anonymousreply 46March 25, 2024 2:40 PM

WHET her nepo baby Lily?

by Anonymousreply 47March 25, 2024 2:41 PM

I really love her, but I've read so many snippets of how snotty and imperious she is with the public. I know she doesn't owe fans anything, but decency and kindness are easy.

And fans help get you where you want to go.

by Anonymousreply 48March 25, 2024 3:04 PM

R48 Any links?

by Anonymousreply 49March 25, 2024 3:47 PM

Links to bad behavior? I thought her co-star, Cybil, was the cunt.

by Anonymousreply 50March 25, 2024 4:07 PM

First saw her on Cybill, where she always referred to her ex on the show as Dr Dick. She was great on The Good Wife and absolutely fantastic on The Good Fight.

by Anonymousreply 51March 25, 2024 4:42 PM

Idolizes Maggie Smith, loves Henry James, huge Buffalo Bills fan, detests social media, and auctioned off her clothes to go to theaters during COVID.

The more I read about her, the more I like her

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by Anonymousreply 52March 25, 2024 5:08 PM


You're right; I should have provided links if I was going to suggest that. I'm not making it up, but...

by Anonymousreply 53March 25, 2024 6:29 PM

Here are Baranski and Stokes doing A Little Priest:

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by Anonymousreply 54March 25, 2024 6:59 PM

[quote] whether pedestrian or outlandish.

Oh dear - obviously, you mean "pediatrician"

by Anonymousreply 55March 25, 2024 7:47 PM

[quote]Cybil Shepard

Two words, and you got them both wrong. Brava!

by Anonymousreply 56March 25, 2024 8:30 PM

[quote]The Gilded Age, where she has been nominated for a staggering 13 Emmys

How did she get nominated for 13 Emmys in a show that's only run for two seasons?

by Anonymousreply 57March 25, 2024 8:31 PM

[quote]Plus he was "BILLY CLYDE TUTTLE"


You too, R40.

by Anonymousreply 58March 25, 2024 8:32 PM

R55, you can come have a seat by me.

by Anonymousreply 59March 25, 2024 8:33 PM

A few years ago, I met Ms. Baranski when we were audience members at a concert performance at Carnegie Hall. We chatted for a while during intermission. She was charming, personable and delightful.

by Anonymousreply 60March 25, 2024 10:28 PM

R60 she was performing

by Anonymousreply 61March 27, 2024 1:59 AM

She wasn’t able to save Nick & Nora.

And during previews we rewrote her big number. Neither song worked.

by Anonymousreply 62March 27, 2024 2:04 AM

I enjoyed her Broadway performances, especially The Real Thing and Rumors. She won a Tony award (supporting actress) for each.

by Anonymousreply 63March 27, 2024 2:48 AM

Loved her in Frasier as Dr. Nora

by Anonymousreply 64March 31, 2024 2:30 AM

Awesome narrator for Joyce Carol Oates' creepy story "Where are you going? Where have you been?"!

by Anonymousreply 65March 31, 2024 2:42 AM

I saw CB in a few shows early on in the 80s: she was Judith Ivey's replacement in Hurlyburly, off-Broadway in It's Only a Play (what a cast: Christine Baranski, Mark Blum, James Coco, David Garrison, Joanna Gleason and Florence Stanley) and then in House of Blue Leaves.

by Anonymousreply 66March 31, 2024 2:46 AM

I loved her in the 1981 Terrance McNally play LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART. It was a wonderful production directed by John Tillinger and featuring four fantastic performers, including Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane, and Anthony Heald.

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by Anonymousreply 67March 31, 2024 3:02 AM

N & N

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by Anonymousreply 68March 31, 2024 4:35 AM

Her career is astonishing, there are few like her (if any). Her niche as the cultured, well-kept, but secretly sexy and outrageous woman defines whatever role she plays is. From The Birdcage and Chicago to Mamma Mia 1&2 she holds that crown, yet so many more memorable performances where she goes a different way. A truly great actress. Very few actresses (if any) have the stage and screen credits in major projects like she does.

by Anonymousreply 69March 31, 2024 8:05 AM

PS she is also magnificent audiobook narrator for DL Fave The First Wives’ Club.

by Anonymousreply 70March 31, 2024 8:11 AM

She is a terrible person in Cruel Intentions, but love her in it.

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by Anonymousreply 71April 3, 2024 11:36 PM

Love the dress in the OP.

by Anonymousreply 72April 3, 2024 11:44 PM

"Cut the racist crap, my husband donated money to Colin Powell!"

by Anonymousreply 73April 4, 2024 8:02 PM

I enjoy her in The Gilded Age but she’s playing for comedy and doesn’t have much to do.

Cynthia Nixon is surprisingly affecting, given her disastrous performance in AJLT.

by Anonymousreply 74April 5, 2024 5:26 PM
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