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Katherine Whitton "Kathy" Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an Americanmarker character actress.

Personal life

Baker was born in Midland, Texas, the daughter of French-born Helene Andree "Lany" (née Whitton) and John Seawand Baker, who was a geologist and educator. She was raised a Quaker. She studied acting at the California Institute of the Artsmarker in the early seventies. She later earned a B.A. degree in French in 1977 from UC Berkeleymarker. Baker was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Steven Robman.


Baker has appeared in numerous films including Edward Scissorhands, The Right Stuff, Street Smart, Jacknife and Cold Mountain. As a small-town doctor in the David E. Kelley television series Picket Fences she won Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times in the show's four-year run (1993, 1995 and 1996).

Baker began her career at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, performing in several of Sam Shepard's plays before getting her break in an off-Broadway production of Fool for Love opposite Ed Harris. Her recent projects include the 2006 remake of All the King's Men and 2007's The Jane Austen Book Club.

She guest-starred in the premiere episode of the eighth season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, playing the role of an ambitious mother of a city politician with a dark family secret.



  1. Kathy Baker Biography (1950-)
  2. Tavis Smiley . Archives.Kathy Baker.September 25, 007|PBS

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