Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski


5/2/1952, Buffalo, New York, USA

Birth Name

Christine Jane Baranski



Also Known As

Chris Charney
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Known for her work on the stage, silver and small screen, Christine Baranski has secured her fame in the spotlight. An alumni of Juilliard, Christine made her mark on Broadway by starring in such plays as The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, The House of Blue Leaves, Rumors, Regrets Onlymore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Christine has been nominated for 4 SAG Awards. In 1996, she won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Cybill. In 1997, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Cybill. In 1997, she won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for The Birdcage. In 2002, she won the SAG for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Chicago.

    • In 1996 and 1997, Christine was nominated for Golden Globes in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for Cybill.

    • Christine was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards from 1995-1999. From 1995-1998 she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Cybill, winning in 1995. In 1999, she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Frasier.

    • In 2003, Christine won (in a shared award with her fellow cast members) the Critics Choice Award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in the category of Best Acting Ensemble for her role as Mary Sunshine in the 2002 big-screen musical Chicago.

    • Christine says she almost turned down her role in Cybill because she wanted to remain a theater actress.

    • In 1997, Christine appeared in a television commercial for Cadillac Seville STS ("Stabilitrak").

    • Along with the support of husband Matthew Cowles, Christine raises her children without television because she doesn't approve of the sexual content and violence on the screen.

    • As of 2004, Christine resides in a city of Connecticut.

    • In 2001, Christine was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the category of Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy for her role in the 2000 holiday film How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    • In 1996, Christine won the American Comedy Award in the category of Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series for her role in the television sitcom Cybill.

    • Christine is of Polish descent.

    • From Jan 5, 1984 - May 12, 1985, Christine appeared in the Broadway production of "The Real Thing" in the role of Charlotte.

    • In 2000, Christine was nominated for a American Comedy Award in the category of Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series for her role in the television series Frasier.

    • Christine stands at 5'10" or 1.78 m.

    • Christine Baranski won two Tony Awards as Best Actress for the plays "The Real Thing" (1984) and "Rumors" (1989).

    • Christine Baranski is the mother of two daughters, Lillie, born in 1984, and Isabelle, born in 1987.

    • Christine has been married to Matthew Cowles since October 15, 1983.

  • Quotes

    • Christine: I think it's nice now that they do those DVDs, that you can see a movie in its entirety or you can see the stuff that was cut out because honestly there's so much good work that for one reason or another – and it's usually that they have to move the story along - it gets cut. But there's so much good work.

    • Christine: Acting is like a high wire act. Your margin for error is very slim.

    • Christine: Ron Howard is as good a person as you could want to work with on film. He never lost his cool. He's the most easygoing, lovely man, but he's got this enormous intelligence and a wonderful humanity.

  • Extremely Talented Supporting Actor

    I have never seen any of Ms. Baranski's work. "The Good Wife" was my first introduction. I don't usually follow up on anyone on TV or the movies. Ms. Baranski's performance has given me pause and the inspiration to laud her talent and her performance. She has a very difficult role protraying Diane Lockhart but she makes you believe she is a powerful force in the court room and as a partner in the firm. It's her life and nothing else exist. She does this with grace and flair and if she were to leave the show I don't think it would survive in spite of the outstanding performance of Ms. Julianna Margulies.moreless
  • The only reason to watch"Cybill"!

    Christine Baranski, in the co-starring role of Maryann, was the only true reason to watch the mdeiocre series "Cybill". Baranski's Maryann was just about perfect with her sarcastic wit and great comedic timing. Baranski stole every scene she was in from"the star of the show" Cybill Shepard. There were rumors flying during the run of the series that Shepard wanted Baranski fired. I guess when you are getting showed up every week by a superior talent, that it would make the "star" a bit edgy on the set. Baranski stayed, but even her considerable talent couldn't save "Cybill" from a short run!moreless