Christine Lahti was born April 4, 1950, in Birmingham, MI. She graduated from Florida State University, then moved to New York City where she waited tables at the Original Improvisation and worked as a mime in Central Park. Lahti has played a series of strong female characters, including…more
Christine directed the movie "My First Mister", who had an opening night presentation at the Sundance Film Festival.
Christine moved to New York City in 1973 at age 25.
When Christine was a little girl, she participated as a tree in a school play and as Virgin Mary in a Christmas pageant.
Christine takes spinning classes, and Pilates.
Christine's favorite films are "Housekeeping" and "Running on Empty"; on stage, "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Heidi Chronicles".
Since Christine was a young girl, she was always active in theatre and other forms of stage work.
Lahti is active in political causes.
In 1995 Christine starred in and directed the short film "Lieberman in Love".
Lahti appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's play, "The Heidi Chronicles".
In 1979 Christine worked with Al Pacino in the movie "Justice for All".
Christine worked as a waitress and did commercials in New York City.
Christine toured Europe as part of a pantomime acting troupe.
Christine received her bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Michigan.
Christine studied fine arts at Florida State University.
She is married to director Thomas Schlamme of The West Wing fame.
In February 2004, she protested alongside fellow actresses Sally Field & Jane Fonda, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border.
Christine was in the bathroom when she won her Golden Globe in 1998. She now makes light of this whenever presenting or receiving an award. In 1999, she purposely presented for the Golden Globes with a piece of toilet paper attached to her shoe.
Academy Awards 1996 - Best Short Film, Live Action for "Lieberman in Love"
1984 - nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Swing Shift"
1998 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Dr. Kate Austin in "Chicago Hope"
Golden Globe Awards
2004 - nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama for her role on Jack & Bobby
1998 - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama for her role as Dr. Kate Austin in "Chicago Hope"
1990 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for her performance in "No Place Like Home"
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1988 - Best Actress for her performance as Annie Pope in "Running on Empty"
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
1984 - Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hazel in "Swing Shift"
1996-nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope.
1997- nominee for both Outstanding Performane by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope.
1998- nominee for both Outstanding Performane by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope.
1999- nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope.
2005- nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Jack and Bobby.
Christine Lahti: We grow up with a certain set of dreams and plans and it never works out that way.
Christine Lahti: I think we all are like prisms of colous and everybody has all these colors and I just have this way of finding a certain color in myself and bringing it out.
Christine Lahti: Usually I take things that I have no idea how to do them. I love that feeling of challenge and I always get to that point just before we open when I'm scared to death and don't know WHAT made me think I could play this part.
Christine Lahti: Work affected my life and my life affected my work.
Christine Lahti: I can't understand why we, as a country, aren't doing more to help Africa.
Christine Lahti: I never thought I was not smart, pretty or talented.
Christine Lahti: Most often, I land up taking up the roles that I most detest.
Christine Lahti: Acting was not really a career choice that I had to make.
Christine Lahti: You know what's weird is that we all parent the way we were parented. Sometimes I find myself saying just the things I hated to hear my mother say.