Kathy Baker Biography

(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Jill Brock’ on the TV Series ‘Picket Fences’)

Birthday: June 8, 1950 (Gemini)

Born In: Midland, Texas, United States

Kathy Baker is an accomplished award-winning American stage, television and film actress. She is perhaps best known for playing main role of Dr. Jill Brock in the American television drama series ‘Picket Fences’. It garnered her widespread recognition and earned her three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Baker forayed into acting with stage and got her breakthrough with the off-Broadway production of ‘Fool for Love’ that won her an Obie Award and a Theatre World Award. She made her debut on-screen with the American epic historical drama film ‘The Right Stuff’. Moving on she won National Society of Film Critics Award and Boston Society of Film Critics Award for for her brilliant performance in the American thriller-drama film ‘Street Smart’. She furthered her fame with ‘Picket Fences’ and went on to feature in several other notable on-screen productions. These include television series ‘Touched by an Angel’ and ‘Boston Public’ and television film ‘Door to Door’, all three of which earned her Primetime Emmy Award nomination; and films like ‘Nine Lives’, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, ‘Cold Mountain’, ‘The Cider House Rules’ and ‘Take Shelter’.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Katherine Whitton Baker

Age: 73 Years, 73 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Steven Robman (m. 2003), Donald Camilleri (m. 1985 – div. 1999)

father: John Seawand Baker

mother: Helene Andree Baker

children: Julian Joseph Camilleri, Marieclaire Camilleri

Born Country: United States

Actresses American Women

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females

Ancestry: British American, French American

U.S. State: Texas

More Facts

education: California Institute Of The Arts, University Of California, Berkeley

Childhood & Early Life
Katherine Whitton Baker was born on June 8, 1950, in Midland, Texas, US to Seawand Baker and Helene Andree (née Whitton). Her father was a geologist and educator..
She studied at the Mills High School in Millbrae, California and completed her graduation in 1968. She was quite influenced by her drama instructor Allen Knight that led her to develop interest in pursuing an acting career.
She enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts and studied acting during the early 1970s. She also attended UC Berkeley and obtained a B.A. degree in French in 1977.
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Kathy Baker made her debut in acting with stage at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. There she landed up playing in several plays of Sam Shepard.
Her big break came when she garnered a role in an off-Broadway production of ‘Fool for Love’ in 1983. The role fetched her Obie Award in the category Best Performance by an Actress as also a Theatre World Award in 1984.
Some of her other notable stage performances include the plays ‘Desire Under the Elms’ (1984), and ‘Aunt Dan and Lemon’ (1986). The latter was staged at Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Festival.
Meanwhile, her on-screen debut happened with the role of Louise Shepard in the Oscar winning critically acclaimed 1983 American epic historical drama film ‘The Right Stuff’.
In 1987, she portrayed the character of Punchy, a prostitute, in the critically acclaimed American thriller-drama film ‘Street Smart’. Her performance in the film earned her Best Supporting Actress award at the Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Best Supporting Actress in National Society of Film Critics, in 1988.
Following such recognitions, Baker went on to star in other films like ‘Dad’ (1989), ‘Jacknife’ (1989), ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990) and ‘Mister Frost’ (1990).
One of her most notable portrayals was that of Dr. Jill Brock, a small-town mother and doctor, in the critically acclaimed American television drama series ‘Picket Fences’, created and produced by David E. Kelley. Baker featured in all the four seasons of the series that aired on CBS from September 18, 1992 to June 26, 1996.
She bagged several awards for her performance in ‘Picket Fences’. These include three Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1993, 1995 and 1996; two Viewers for Quality Television- Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series awards in 1994 and 1995; one Best Actress – Television Series Drama award at the 1994 Golden Globe Awards; and one Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award at the 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Other television dramas featuring Kelley Baker include ‘Ally McBeal’ (1997), ‘The Practice’ (1998) and ‘Boston Public’ (2001–2002). Her recurring role of Meredith Peters, a manipulative mom, in the latter fetched her Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2001.
Meanwhile, she landed up playing Nurse Angela in the blockbuster hit Oscar winning American drama film ‘The Cider House Rules’ (1999) starring Tobey Maguire. In the course of her career, Baker has featured in many other blockbuster hit films. These include Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger starrer 2003 epic war flick ‘Cold Mountain’; Jennifer Garner starrer 2004 fantasy rom-com ‘13 Going on 30’ and Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks starrer ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.
Over the years, she has featured in many televisions series like ‘Medium’ (2005-10), ‘Against the Wall’ (2011) and ‘Big Time in Hollywood, FL’ (2015); and television films like ‘A Season for Miracles’ (1999), ‘Too Big to Fail’ (2011), ‘Sister Cities’ (2016) and ‘Paterno’ (2018). Since 2016, she features in the recurring role of Joanne in the Netflix series ‘The Ranch’ that star Ashton Kutcher and Elisha Cuthbert among others.
Some of the other notable films of Kathy Baker include the two ‘Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her’ (2000), ‘Nine Lives’ (2005), ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ (2007) and ‘Last Chance Harvey’ (2008).
Family & Personal Life
Kathy Baker married Donald Camilleri in 1984. Together they two children: Julian Joseph Camilleri (son) and Marieclaire (daughter). Baker divorced Camilleri in 1999.
She later married American television and theatre director/producer Steven Robman in June 2003. The couple lives in Southern California.


Golden Globe Awards
1994 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Picket Fences (1992)
Primetime Emmy Awards
1996 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences (1992)
1995 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences (1992)
1993 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Picket Fences (1992)

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