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Baranski at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008
Christine Jane Baranski

May 2, 1952 (1952-05-02) (age 69)
Education (Bachelor of Arts)
Alma mater Juilliard School, Lincoln Center
Years active 1974–present
Matthew Cowles
(m. 1983; his death 2014)
Children 2

Christine Jane Baranski (b. 2 May 1952) is an American stage, movie and television actress. On stage, she played Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and the title character in Mame. She has also acted in multiple movies. Baranski was born in Buffalo, New York.

Early life and education

Baranski was born in Cheektowaga, Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Virginia (née Mazurowski) 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 high school at the Villa Maria Academy in Cheektowaga. She then studied at New York City's Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 3: 1970–1974) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.



Christine Baranski 2010 Met Opera Shankbone
Baranski at the Metropolitan Opera 2010 opening night of Das Rheingold

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.


Baranski has also starred in various roles in films and television.

Television work

Christine Baranski at 2015 PaleyFest
Baranski at the 2015 PaleyFest presentation for The Good Wife

Baranski says "the first real TV show" that she worked on was Cybill. Earlier, she had appeared in short-term roles on various daytime soap operas, including All My Children and Another World.

Personal life

Baranski was married to actor Matthew Cowles from October 1983 until his death on May 22, 2014. They have two daughters, Isabel (born 1984) and Lily (born 1987). One of her daughters attended law school, passed the New York bar exam, and worked in the Brooklyn district attorney's office during the run of The Good Wife.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Soup for One Blonde in Bar
1984 Crackers Maxine
1986 9½ Weeks Thea
1986 Legal Eagles Carol Freeman
1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Harriet
1990 Reversal of Fortune Andrea Reynolds, Claus' Girlfriend
1993 Night We Never Met, TheThe Night We Never Met Lucy
1993 Life with Mikey Carol
1993 Addams Family Values Becky Martin-Granger
1994 Ref, TheThe Ref Connie Chasseur
1994 Getting In Mrs. Margaret "Maggie" Higgs
1994 War, TheThe War Miss Strapford
1995 New Jersey Drive Prosecutor
1995 Jeffrey Ann Marwood Bartle
1996 Birdcage, TheThe Birdcage Katherine Archer
1998 Odd Couple II, TheThe Odd Couple II Thelma
1998 Bulworth Constance Bulworth
1999 Cruel Intentions Bunny Caldwell
1999 Bowfinger Carol
2000 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Martha May Whovier
2002 The Guru Shantal
2002 Chicago Mary Sunshine
2003 Marci X Mary Ellen Spinkle
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Charlotte Cole
2005 Scooby Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Amelia Von Butch Voice
2006 Falling for Grace Bree
2006 Relative Strangers Arleen Clayton
2006 Bonneville Francine
2008 Mamma Mia! Tanya Chisham-Leigh
2010 Bounty Hunter, TheThe Bounty Hunter Kitty Hurley
2012 Foodfight! Hedda Shopper Voice
2014 Into The Woods Cinderella's Stepmother
2016 Trolls Chef Voice
2016 Miss Sloane Evelyn Sumner
2017 A Bad Moms Christmas Amy's Mother Post-production
2018 Mamma Mia 2 Tanya Chisham-Leigh


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Busting Loose Debbie Episode: "The Decision: Part 1"
1980 Playing for Time Olga TV movie
1982 Midsummer Night's Dream, AA Midsummer Night's Dream Helena TV movie
1982 Another World Beverly Tucker Unknown episodes
1984 All My Children Jewel Maniscalo Unknown episodes
1985 Big Shots in America Cara TV movie
1985 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Victoria Baines Episode: "Mama's Boy"
1987 House of Blue Leaves, TheThe House of Blue Leaves Bunny Flingus TV movie
1988 The Thorns Polly Episode: "The Maid"
1991 Law & Order Katherine Masucci Beigel Episodes: "The Torrents of Greed Parts 1 & 2"
1992 Screenplay Blair Bennett Episode: "Buying a Landslide"
1993 To Dance with the White Dog Kate TV movie
1994 Law & Order Rose Siegal Episode: "Nurture"
1995–98 Cybill Maryanne Thorpe 87 episodes
1996 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Christine Baranski/The Cure"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Sonja Umdahl Episode: "Dick and the Single Girl"
1999 Now and Again Ruth Bender Episode: "Origins"; voice (uncredited)
1999 Frasier Dr. Nora Fairchild Episode: "Dr. Nora"
2000–01 Welcome to New York Marsha Bickner 13 episodes
2001 Citizen Baines Glenn Ferguson Baines Welch Episode: "Three Days in November"
2002 Speed Racer X Trixie Fontaine Voice
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Terry Howland Episodes: "Pick Your Battles", "Best of Enemies"
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Prunella Stickler TV movie
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Prunella Stickler TV movie
2003–04 Happy Family Annie Brennan 22 episodes
2004 Spellbound TV movie
2005 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Lee Bellmont TV movie
2005 Adopted Judy Rabinowitz TV movie
2005 In the Game TV pilot
2005 Ghost Whisperer Faith Clancy Episodes: "Voices", "The Crossing"
2006 Inseparable Barbara TV movie
2006 American Dad! Homeless Woman Episode: "Failure Is Not a Factory-installed Option"; voice
2009 Ugly Betty Victoria Hartley 3 episodes
2009 Psych Alice Clayton Episode: "He Dead"
2009–17 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Dr. Beverly Hofstadter 11 episodes
2009–16 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Diane Lockhart 156 episodes
2011 Who Is Simon Miller? Amanda TV movie
2011 Ugly Americans Grimes' mummy Episode: "Mummy Dearest"; voice
2015 BoJack Horseman Amanda Hannity Episode: "Hank After Dark"; voice
2013 Family Guy Herself Episode: "Call Girl"; voice
2017 Regular Show Guardian Episode: "A Regular Epic Final Battle"; voice
2017–present The Good Fight Diane Lockhart 10 episodes
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