Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% All The King's Men (2006)
  • Birthday: Jun 8, 1950
  • Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA
  • 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).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

44% The Art of Racing in the Rain Trish 2019
70% Paterno Sue Paterno 2018
77% The Ballad of Lefty Brown Laura Johnson 2017
51% Boulevard Joy $47.2K 2015
56% The Age of Adaline Kathy Jones 2015
No Score Yet The Party Is Over Appoline Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet Return to Zero Kathleen Callaghan 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks Tommie $53.3M 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 $1.7M 2011
27% Machine Gun Preacher Daisy $0.5M 2011
15% Seven Days In Utopia Mabel $4.4M 2011
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Rose Gammon 2011
74% Too Big to Fail Wendy Paulson 2011
No Score Yet Miss Nobody Claire McKinney 2010
No Score Yet Good Day for It Actor 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
71% Last Chance Harvey Jean $14.9M 2009
No Score Yet Shades of Ray Janet Rehman 2008
66% The Jane Austen Book Club Bernadette $3.4M 2007
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Sea Change Rose Gammon 2007
12% All The King's Men Mrs. Burden $7.3M 2006
75% Nine Lives Camille $0.2M 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
65% 13 Going on 30 Beverly Rink $54.7M 2004
No Score Yet Sucker Free City Cleo 2004
70% Cold Mountain Sally Swanger 2003
No Score Yet Picking Up & Dropping Off Halley 2003
47% Assassination Tango Maggie $0.9M 2003
No Score Yet Ten Tiny Love Stories Actor 2002
60% Door to Door Gladys 2002
No Score Yet Too Young to Be a Dad Susan Freeman 2002
21% The Glass House Nancy Ryan $17.4M 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
No Score Yet ATF Maggie Hale 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
77% Mad Dog and Glory Lee 1993
37% Jennifer 8 Margie Ross 1992
43% Article 99 Dr. Diana Walton 1992
90% 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
60% Dad Annie 1989
64% Jacknife Martha Flannigan 1989
62% Clean and Sober Charlie 1988
50% Permanent Record Martha Sinclair 1988
64% Street Smart Punchy 1987
No Score Yet Nobody's Child Lucy Stavros 1986
No Score Yet A Killing Affair Maggie Gresham 1986
98% The Right Stuff Louise Shepard 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

75% I'm Sorry
2017
Sharon
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
63% The Ranch
2016
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
Diana
  • 2015
28% Those Who Kill
2014
Marie
  • 2014
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Linda Collins
  • 2012
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
  • 2012
70% Against the Wall
2011
Sheila Kowalski
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Camille
  • 2010
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Guest Majorie DuBois Joe's Mom Marjorie DuBois
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Camille
  • 2009
75% Saving Grace
2007-2010
Maggie
  • 2009
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Anna
  • 2008
82% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
Mia
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Hannah
  • 2007
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Gail Pollack
  • 2005
90% Monk
2002-2009
Sylvia Fairbourn
  • 2004
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Meredith Peters Mrs. Peters Mrs. Meredth Peters Mrs. Meredith Peters
  • 2002
  • 2001
50% Gideon's Crossing
2000-2001
Jane Kuhn
  • 2001
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Mary Wiscinski
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Ellen
  • 2000
No Score Yet Hey Arnold!
1996-2004
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Evelyn Mayfield
  • 1998
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • 1997
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Dr. Jill Brock
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992

QUOTES FROM Kathy Baker CHARACTERS

Young Jenna Rink
I don't want to be beautiful in my own way. I want to look like these people.
Beverly Rink
Oh those aren't people honey, those are models.
Daisy
The only thing necessary for the triumph of an evil is for a good man to do nothing.