is perhaps best known for her work in the landmark television series Mission: Impossible
, created by Bruce Geller. Bain created the role of Impossible Missions Force Agent Cinnamon Carter, and in the process became the first actress in the history of television to receive three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Dramatic Actress. She followed up her three-year stint on that groundbreaking series with several television films and guest appearances before accepting the role of Dr. Helena Russell on the now classic British syndicated science fiction television series Space: 1999
, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bain earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, she relocated to New York City where she worked as a dancer and a high fashion model. Bain studied with Martha Graham, however, it was with Lee Strasberg at the prestigious Actors Studio that she discovered her true first love -- acting. In recent years, Bain's stage work has included Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Her Los Angeles theater performances garnered her the Los Angeles Critic's Circle and the DramaLogue Awards for Arthur Kopit's Wings and Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Eugene Inonesco's The Chairs.
Current films include Gideon with Christopher Lambert, Charlton Heston, the late Carroll O'Connor and Shelly Winters, Bel Air directed by Christopher Coppola and Panic directed by Henry Brommell, with Donald Sutherland, William H. Macy and Neve Campbell.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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