Christine Lahti


Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti

Lahti at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, April 2008
Born April 4, 1950 (1950-04-04) (age 61)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress, film director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse Thomas Schlamme (1983-present)

Christine Lahti (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and film director. Lahti has had a successful career in television and film. Throughout her career she has garnered 2 Golden Globe Awards from 8 Nominations, An Emmy Award from 6 Nominations and 2 Academy Award nominations. Her first Academy Award nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1984 film Swing Shift. Her second nomination was for her work as a director when she won the Academy Award for Short Film, Live Action for her 1995 film Lieberman in Love.

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Early life

Lahti was born in Birmingham, Michigan, the daughter of Elizabeth Margaret (née Tabar), a painter, homemaker and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti, a surgeon.[1] Lahti has Finnish ancestry. Her surname means "a gulf", "a bay" or "a cove" in Finnish and Lahti is also a city in Finland. Lahti studied fine arts at Florida State University and received her bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Michigan, where she joined Delta Gamma sorority. She then toured Europe as part of a pantomime acting troupe.[citation needed]

Career

After college, Lahti headed to New York City, where she worked as a waitress and did commercials. Her breakthrough movie was …And Justice for All (1979) with Al Pacino. After starring in a few hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, Lahti chose roles that allows her to spend time with her three children.[citation needed] She has also focused on television, beginning with her role in the 1979 made-for-TV adaptation of The Executioner's Song. She appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's seriocomic play, The Heidi Chronicles.

Lahti received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Swing Shift in 1984, and won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action for Lieberman in Love (1995), in which she starred and directed. Adapted from a short story by W.P. Kinsella, "Lieberman in Love", the Oscar win came as a surprise to the author, who, watching the award telecast from home, had no idea the film had been made and released. He had not been listed in the film's credits, and was not acknowledged by director Christine Lahti in her acceptance speech.[citation needed]

She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in Chicago Hope. When her Golden Globe win was announced at the ceremony there was a long pause as Lahti was not coming up and no one could find her. Robin Williams rushed on stage and began pretending to be Lahti. When she eventually got on stage she explained that she had been in the bathroom.[citation needed] She later made it a point to be good-humored about the incident, usually poking fun at herself at other awards shows.

At the Governor's Ball held after the 49th Annual Emmy Awards, 1997

In 2001, her first directorial film, My First Mister, was released. Starring Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks, the movie debuted with good reviews. In DVD commentary she applauds the work of her cast and crew, remarking "[I] was very lucky to have such a wonderful crew..." She did feel regret that the film was rated R, for language, despairing that the movie might not be viewed by teenagers who would like and relate with the characters.[citation needed] Also, Lahti mentioned several times that she would have liked to have more time to shoot different perspectives in order to facilitate story arc.

Lahti will appear in the USA Network drama series Operating Instructions, directed by Hitch director Andy Tennant.

Lahti starred in the Executive ADA role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Sonya Paxton, while the character Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) was in appeals. She was in the first four episodes of the 11th season[2] and returned for the show's eighth episode, where she clashed with Alexandra Cabot.[3] Lahti later guest starred in the ninth and seventeenth episode of the 12th season where she reprised her role as Executive ADA Sonya Paxton. Her character was murdered in the seventeenth episode.

She returned to Broadway upon joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage on November 17, 2009, replacing actress Marcia Gay Harden.[4][clarification needed] Both actresses had a few special appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Lahti has been cast in the lead role in a CBS pilot,The Doctor, to premiere in 2011.

Personal life

Lahti has been married to TV director Thomas Schlamme, a native of Texas, since September 4, 1983. They have three children: Wilson and twins Joe Tabor and Emma Kate (born 1993). She is active in political causes.[citation needed]

Since May 2005, Lahti has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1979 …And Justice for All Gail Packer
1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway? Dr. Clare Scott
1981 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Aunt Linda
1982 The Executioner's Song (film) Brenda
1984 Swing Shift Hazel New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1986 Desert Bloom Rose Chismore (adult) (voice) (uncredited)
Just Between Friends Sandy Dunlap
1987 Stacking Kathleen Morgan aka Season of Dreams
Housekeeping Sylvie
Amerika Alethea Milford Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1988 Running on Empty Annie Pope/Cynthia Manfield Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1989 Miss Firecracker Clara Archer
Gross Anatomy Dr. Rachel Woodruff
No Place Like Home Zan Cooper (TV Movie)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1990 Funny About Love Meg Lloyd Bergman
1991 The Doctor Anne MacKee
Crazy From the Heart Charlotte Bain (TV)
1992 Leaving Normal Darly Peters
1994–1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Kathryn Austin (97 episodes)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series (1998)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1998)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series (1996, 1997, 1999)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1997)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996, 1997, 1998)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
1995 Lieberman in Love Shaleen Also director
Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
Hideaway Lindsey
1996 Pie in the Sky Ruby
1997 Hope Emma Percy (TV)
1999 Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Ellie Nesler
2000 An American Daughter Lyssa Dent Hughes Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2001 My First Mister Mall Patron Walking Past 'J' with Daughter
Ally McBeal "Queen Bee" One Episode - as Sidney
2002 Women vs. Men Dana (TV)
The Pilot's Wife Kathryn Lyons (TV)
2003 Out of the Ashes Gisella Perl (TV)
2004 Jack & Bobby Grace McCallister (15 episodes)
Prism Award for Performance in a Drama Series — Female
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Rose (TV)
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Martha O'Dell (3 episodes)
2008 Smart People Nancy
Yonkers Joe Janice
2009 Obsessed Reese
Operating Instructions H. Keller (TV)
2009-2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit EADA Sonya Paxton (7 episodes)
2010 Flying Lessons Carolyn Conway
2011 Touchback Thelma (post-production)
Petunia Felicia Petunia (filming)
The Doctor Emily Campbell (lead role)[5] (pre-production)

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