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One of the entertainment industry' s most honored actresses, Christine Baranski has achieved acclaim in every medium in which she has performed. The two-time Tony, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Award winner starred opposite Jim Carey in the box office hit How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Baranski also starred opposite Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger. Other film credits include starring opposite Warren Beatty in the wildly controversial comedy Bulworth and in Cruel Intentions opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Philippe and Reese Witherspoon.

A native of Buffalo, Baranski developed a passion for acting while performing in high school productions and read about Julliard' s acting program, which was only a year old at the time. After graduating from Julliard she began earning roles in regional productions and off-Broadway. She received her big break being cast in Tom Stoppard' s hit Broadway comedy The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Within that same year, she also was married, gave birth to her first child and won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her Performance.

Baranski went on to earn a second Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance as a chain-smoking hyperkinetic in Neil Simon' s Rumors and a Drama Desk Award for Lips Together Teeth Apart in a role that was written for her by Terrance McNally. Additional appearances on the Great White Way include Hurlyburly and The House of Blue Leaves.

Baranski co-starred with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in the box office smash, The Birdcage for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also co-starred in Jeffrey, the film based on Paul Rudnick' s acclaimed off-Broadway play about gay life in the age of AIDS. Past roles include the memorable mistress of Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune, and film roles in Legal Eagles, The Ref, Lovesick, Addams Family Values, Life With Mikey and 9 1/2 Weeks. In addition to the Emmy for the hit CBS comedy CYBIL, Baranski received an American Comedy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, as well a Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. She also received three additional EMMY and three Golden Globe nominations.

In addition to her films, Christine was seen in the Los Angeles production of Sweeny Todd. She was also seen as a guest on Frasier, for which she received a fifth EMMY nomination.

Baranski will be seen in The Guru starring opposite Heather Graham and Marissa Tomei and directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer.

Christine Baranski' s film credits include the hit comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas, opposite Jim Carrey; Steve Martin' s Bowfinger, with Martin and Eddie Murphy; Warren Beatty' s Bulworth and Cruel Intentions, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Philippe and Reese Witherspoon. She also co-starred with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in Mike Nichols' The Birdcage, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award. She will appear in the upcoming feature The Guru, with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei, directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. On television, Baranski won critical and audience acclaim for her performance on the hit comedy series Cybill. Her work on the series earned her an Emmy Award, an American Comedy Award and a SAG Award. She also received three additional Emmy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Her guest star appearance on the series Frasier earned her another Emmy nomination.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Baranski graduated from Julliard and made her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard' s The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Her performance merited a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. She went on to win a second Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Neil Simon' s Rumors and a Drama Desk Award for Lips Together Teeth Apart in a role that Terrance McNally wrote for her. Other stage credits include Hurlyburly and The House of Blue Leaves.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Chicago" (25-Apr-2003)


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