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Christine Lahti

No one would view Christine Lahti's more than 30-year career with anything less than the utmost esteem. She earned her first Oscar nomination in 1985's Swing Shift, then took the statue home 10 years later as a first-time director for her short film Lieberman in Love. In 1998, after multiple nominations, Lahti won both an Emmy and her second Golden Globe Award (USA's TV movie No Place Like Home) for her portrayal of Dr. Kathryn Austin on CBS' Chicago Hope. Three years later, her feature film directorial debut, My First Mister, opened the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Additional film credits include Sidney Lumet's Running on Empty for which she received the 1998 LA Film Critics Award as well as a Golden Globe nomination, Leaving Normal directed by Ed Zwick, The Doctor with William Hurt, Bill Forsyth's Housekeeping, which was voted one of the 20 best films of 1987 by many of America's film critics, Whose Life is it Anyway?, and "¦And Justice for All. Recent projects include Yonkers Joe opposite Chazz Palminteri and Obsessed co-starring Idris Elba and BeyoncÃ. Her most recent film credits are Petunia, co-starring Thora Birch, and Flying Lesson alongside Maggie Grace and Hal Holbrook.

Television credits include a starring role on the critically acclaimed WB series Jack & Bobby, for which she received both SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and numerous television movies including ABC's Amerika, (Emmy & Golden Globe nominations), Showtime's Out of the Ashes, CBS's The Pilot's Wife, Fox's Open House, and USA's The Book of Ruth, among others. More recently, Lahti portrayed ADA Sonya Paxton in a recurring role on NBC's Law & Order: SVU

A highly esteemed stage actress, Ms. Lahti most recently starred on Broadway in God of Carnage, and Off-Broadway in Body of Water at Primary Stages and Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling at the Atlantic Theatre. In addition, Lahti co-starred in Three Hotels with Richard Dreyfuss at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This presentation was a reprise of her successful run in the play, which premiered at New York's Circle Repertory Theater. She also received a Drama Desk nomination for her role. She also starred in the West

Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning author Wendy Wasserstein's final play Third at the Geffen Playhouse. The play also marked her third collaboration with the late playwright the first two being The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway in 1989 and An American Daughter for Lifetime in 2000. In 2010, she completed a month long stage run at the Geffen Playhouse in Nora and Delia Ephron's critically acclaimed Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Additional theatre credits include Jules Feiffer's Little Murders, for which she received an Obie Award; Michael Weller's Loose Ends, and Noel Coward's Present Laughter with George C. Scott, both at the Circle in the Square; the successful off-Broadway revivals of John Guare's Landscape of the Body and Clifford Odet's The Country Girl with Hal Holbrook; David Mamet's The Woods at the Public Theater, for which she received a Theatre World Award; Ted Tally's Hooters at Playwrights Horizons; and Steve Tisch's Division Street on Broadway.

Christine and her husband, filmmaker Thomas Schlamme, reside in Los Angeles with their children.

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Christine Lahti Facts

BirthdayApril 4, 1950 (73)
BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Christine Lahti compared to you?
Awards1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama (for Chicago Hope)
1990 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for No Place Like Home)

Selected Filmography

Touched With Fire
The Good Fight
The Long Lead Story
The Doctor
And Justice For All
Running on Empty
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