Kate Burton (actress)
name = Kate Burton
imagesize = 250px
birthdate = birth date and age|1957|9|10
spouse = Michael Ritchie (1984-)
yearsactive = 1969 - present
occupation = actress
emmyawards = Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
ABC Afterschool Specials"
Burton was born in
Geneva, Switzerland, the daughter of producer Sybil Burton (née Williams) and actor Richard Burton. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/18/Kate-Burton.html Kate Burton Biography (1957-) ] ] She was the stepdaughter of actress Elizabeth Taylorand Jordan Christopher. Burton earned a bachelor's degree in Russian studies and European history from Brown Universityin 1979. She also studied at Yale University School of Drama in 1983. In 2007, Burton was given an honorary doctorate from Brown University.
Burton is married to Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director of the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and one of the producers of the Broadway musicals "
The Drowsy Chaperone" and " Curtains". They have two children, a son Morgan (born in 1988) and a daughter Charlotte (born in 1998).
Burton's first notable role on Broadway was in a 1982 production of the
Noel Cowardplay " Present Laughter", which was directed by George C. Scott. The following year, she appeared in the Broadway production of " Doonesbury", playing J.J. Several key roles followed, including roles in Wendy Wasserstein's " An American Daughter" and Martin McDonagh's " The Beauty Queen of Leenane".
In 2002, she portrayed two roles and was nominated for a
Tony Awardfor both. She was nominated as Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of the title role in Henrik Ibsen's " Hedda Gabler", and for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Pinhead/Mrs. Kendal in the revival of "The Elephant Man". This dual nomination made her one of only three actors, along with Amanda Plummerand Dana Ivey, to be Tony-nominated for two acting awards in the same year.
2006 was another busy year for Kate as she could be seen
Off-Broadwayat Second Stage Theatreopposite Tony Goldwynin "The Water's Edge" by Theresa Rebeck. The same year she was nominated for Best Leading Actress again in 2006 in W. Somerset Maugham's " The Constant Wife". In 2007, she played Ranevskaya in " The Cherry Orchard" at Boston's Huntington Theatre.
Kate was also part of the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical
Spring Awakening. She started on December 21, 2007 and replaced actress Christine Estabrookin the role of the Adult Women. Kristine Nielsen took over for her on March 2nd for a short stint until Estabrook assumed the role again.
Film & television
Early films of Burton's include "
Alice in Wonderland", " Anne of the Thousand Days", " Big Trouble in Little China", " The First Wives Club", " Life with Mikey" and "The Ice Storm". Burton has said of these roles that she usually plays "the sweet wife, or the sweet dead wife". Burton has also appeared in a number of roles in independent films.
Burton has been perhaps most prolific in her work on television. She made many appearances in the late 1980s and 1990s on episodic television, including appearances on "", "
All My Children", " Brooklyn Bridge". In 1996, Burton won a Daytime Emmy awardfor her performance as a mother dying of breast cancerin the ABC After school special, 'Notes For My Daughter'. More recently, she made guest appearances as recurring characters on " Law & Order", " The Practice", "The West Wing", " Judging Amy" and "Medium". She also appeared on the HBO miniseries"Empire Falls".
Her current recurring television roles both involve a subplot which includes
Alzheimer's disease. She plays the role of Rose on the FX cable network's "Rescue Me", a friend and possible romantic interest to Chief Jerry Reilly. Reilly's wife is in a facility with the disease and Rose provides emotional support as her husband also suffered from the disease. In perhaps her most visible and well known role to date, Burton played the recurring role of Ellis Grey, the Alzheimer's-afflicted former trailblazing surgeon and mother of the titular character on the well known ABC series " Grey's Anatomy", for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Anne of the Thousand Days" (1969) (uncredited)
*"Alice in Wonderland" (1983)
Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)
The First Wives Club" (1996)
*"The Ice Storm" (1997)
Quid Pro Quo" (2008)
The City of Your Final Destination" (2008)
*"Max Payne" (2008)
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