Christine Jane Baranski was born on May 02, 1952 in Buffalo, New York. Baranski is an American stage and screen actress. She is the the daughter of Virginia and Lucien Baranski, who edited a Polish-language newspaper. She is of Pol .... Read More
Christine Jane Baranski was born on May 02, 1952 in Buffalo, New York. Baranski is an American stage and screen actress. She is the the daughter of Virginia and Lucien Baranski, who edited a Polish-language newspaper. She is of Polish descent and her grandparents were actors in the Polish theater. Baranski attended Villa Maria Academy, after which she studied at Juilliard. She has been married to actor Matthew Cowles since 1983. They have two daughters.
On her Stage career, Baranski made her Off-Broadway debut in Coming Attractions at Playwrights Horizons in 1980, and has appeared in several off-Broadway productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starting with Sally and Marsha in 1982. She made her Broadway debut in Hide & Seek in 1980. For her next Broadway performance, in Tom Stoppards The Real Thing, she won the 1984 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play. Other Broadway credits include: Hurlyburly, The House of Blue Leaves, Rumors, Regrets Only, Nick & Nora, and the Encores! concert staging of Follies. At the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Baranski starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2002 and as Mame in Mame in 2006. In her first Broadway production since 1991, she was featured as the maid "Berthe" in the 2008 revival of Boeing Boeing. The show garnered two Tony Awards, one for Best Revival of a Play and the other for Best Actor (Mark Rylance). The original cast was Bradley Whitford (Bernard), Kathryn Hahn (Gloria), Christine Baranski (Berthe), Gina Gershon (Gabriella), and Mary McCormack (Gretchen). The show closed on January 4, 2009. She also appeared in a one night only concert benefit performance of Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music for Roundabout Theatre Company as Countess Charlotte Malcolm on January 12, 2009.
The cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber, and Marc Kudisch, among others. She has won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards twice.
On her Televesion work, Christine earliest work was on The Golden Palace opposite from Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Don Cheadle and Cheech Marin. She is the hotel famous celebrity who lives at The Golden Palace. She is a very ditsy woman, she gets very annoyed with Sophia most of the time, she is a favorite to Blanche, who share a lot in common. She also has a secret crush on Roland the Manager.
Baranski was featured as Cybill Shepherds hard-drinking friend Maryanne Thorpe in the CBS sitcom Cybill, which ran from 1995 until 1998, during which time she hosted Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy Award as best supporting actress in a comedy series along with three other nominations. In 1999, Baranski received an Emmy nomination for a guest starring role as an intimidating radio psychiatrist on an episode of the NBC series Frasier. She had an uncredited role in the series Now and Again as the voice of Rogers overbearing wife Ruth, who was never seen by viewers. She later appeared in the 2000-2001 sitcom Welcome to New York and, with John Larroquette, in the 2003-2004 NBC sitcom Happy Family. She also appeared in the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch playing Paula, a friend of Marcias who gets Marcia into trouble at a slumber party. She co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a pilot for an ABC sitcom, Adopted, in 2005, which was not picked up. She also played Faith Clancy, the mother of Jim Clancy in Ghost Whisperer.
She guest starred as a geeky Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, a bespectacled and unemotional expert in psychiatry and neural science, and Leonards mom, in a season two episode of The Big Bang Theory titled "The Maternal Capacitance", for which she received an Emmy nomination. She portrayed a librarian named Sonja Umdahl in the episode "Dick and the Single Girl" of the series 3rd Rock from the Sun. In 2009, Baranski appeared on Ugly Betty as Victoria Hartley, the haughty mother of Bettys new boyfriend. She has also been set to guest star on the USA tv show Psych for their season premiere.
Mathew Cowles was born on September 28, 1944. He is a US actor and playwright. He is the son of actor and theatre producer Chandler Cowles, he was born in New York City. Since 1983 he has been married to actress Christine Baranski by whom he has two daughters, Isabelle (born 1984) and Lily (born 1987). He is an enthusiastic motorcycle rider.
In 1966 Cowles played the title role in Edward Albee short-lived adaptation of James Purdys comic novel Malcolm on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. His first television part was Joe Czernak in the series NYPD in 1969. He was nominated for an Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1978 and won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1981 for his part as Billy Clyde Tuggle in All My Children, a role that he created and wrote. The first film in which he performed was the comedy drama Me, Natalie (1969) in which he played Harvey Belman. Al Pacino also made his debut in this film.
He has been married to actress Christine Baranski by whom he has two daughters, Isabelle and Lily.