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Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant is well know for her portrayal of Vivian Bearing in the Off-Broadway, Los Angeles and London productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit. For her performance, Chalfant received the Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, LA Ovation Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as her second Obie Award. She was also acclaimed for her Tony-nominated performance as Hannah Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America on Broadway. This fall she can be seen in the 5 By Tenn at the Manhattan Theater Company and in Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Freedom.

Chalfant's recent films include Walter Salles' DARK WATER and George Wolfe's upcoming LACKAWANNA BLUES, RANDOM HEARTS, a Sydney Pollock film starring Harrison Ford; Boaz Yakin's A PRICE BELOW RUBIES, Whit Stillman's THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, and the critically acclaimed SIDE STREETS. Other recent film work includes COMPANY MEN and THE PORNOGRAPHER.

Chalfant's television work includes her role as Laurie Solt on CBS' drama The Guardian, as well as co-starring in the Steven King mini-series Storm of the Century, The Laramie Project, Voices from the White House (PBS) and A Death in the Family (American Masterpiece Theatre/PBS). She has had recurring roles on the critically acclaimed Prince Street and One Life to Live; and guest spots on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City and New York Undercover.

In 1996, she made her Shakespearean debut in the Public Theater's Henry V as Mistress Quickly, which garnered her the 1996 Calloway Award for Best Classical Performance of the Year. Other stage credits include: Bloomer Girl at City Center Encores!, The Vagina Monologues at the West Side Arts Theater in New York and the San Francisco production, The Last Letter at Theatre for a New Audience, Savannah Bay at Classic Stage Company, True History and Real Adventures at the Vineyard Theatre, Nine Armenians at the Manhattan Theatre Club; the premiere of David Hare's new play Racing Demon at Lincoln Center, Twelve Dreams directed by James Lapine, M. Butterfly opposite John Lithgow, The Crucible as Anne Putnam, Sister Mary Ignatius... and The Party.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Kathleen Chalfant Facts

Birth NameKathleen Palmer
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1945 (77)
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

Selected Filmography

The Laramie Project
The Guardian: Complete Series
Stephen King's Storm of the Century
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Georgia O'Keeffe
Devastating Story
First Born
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