About Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski is an American actress and comedian, a fifteen-times Primetime Emmy nominee. She is best known for her work in The Big Bang Theory, Mamma Mia!, and The Good Wife.
Buffalo, New York, the United States of America
Baranski was married to actor Matthew Cowles between 1983 and 2014 when he sadly passed away. They have two daughters.
Baranski has close to 100 acting credits to her name and has done extensive theatre work as well. She debuted in film in 1980 in Playing for Time. Other notorious films she was in include 9 1/2 Weeks, The Pick-up Artist, Reversal of Fortune, Addams Family Values, The War, The Birdcage, Cruel Intentions, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bowfinger, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Into the Woods, Trolls (voice only), and 2020’s Christmas on the Square.
Her debut on television occurred in 1977, with Busting Loose. Other notorious roles and appearances include series like All My Children, Law & Order, The Equalizer, Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Frasier, Ghost Whisperer, Ugly Betty, Psych, Bojack Horseman (voice role only), Young Sheldon, and 2022’s The Gilded Age.
Baranski had a central role on Cybill, which earned her an Emmy win. She played Maryann, the hard-drinking friend of the titular Cybill.
In The Big Bang Theory, Baranski portrayed Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, the mother of main character Leonard. She would appear in 16 episodes. Her character portrayed a comically distant mother who tended to run psychological experiments on her kid, all while being a recognized authority in child-rearing.
In Big Bang Theory, she worked with cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Kevin Sussman, John Ross Bowie, Carol Ann Susi, Laura Spencer, Wil Wheaton, Brian George, Brian Posehn, Laurie Metcalf and Aarti Mann.
Baranski was in The Good Wife, where she portrayed Diane Lockhart. She would go on to appear for 156 episodes of this drama. She is a senior lawyer and a champion of women’s causes. The character would receive wide acclaim and get her own spin-off, The Good Fight. The Good Fight started airing in 2017 and until the present, for 50 episodes so far, with Baranski reprising her role as Diane.
The actress has done voice acting for various animated series, such as The Ugly Americans, Regular Show, Family Guy, The Bravest Knight, The Simpsons, and many more.
The actress is of Polish descent.
Baranski auditioned for the role of Princess Leia, which would go to Carrie Fisher instead.
Her first big break on TV was Cybill, but Baranski had almost 20 years of theatre experience.
The actress has won almost all the prestigious theatre awards: Tony Award, Obie Award, Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award. She also has an Emmy and fifteen other nominations for this award. She has received two Tony Awards, for The Real Thing and for Rumors, in 1984 and 1989, respectively.
Baranski graduated from Julliard School, the highly prestigious academy for the arts, especially drama, dance, and music. She even received a stipend for living expenses for her hard work, though she later stated she spent the money on a trip to Europe.
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