The Info List - Blanche Baker

Blanche Baker (born December 20, 1956) is an American actress and filmmaker. She won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the television mini-series Holocaust. Baker is known for her role as Ginny Baker in Sixteen Candles; she also starred in the title role of Lolita on Broadway. In 2012, she produced and starred in a film about Ruth Madoff
Ruth Madoff
titled Ruth Madoff
Ruth Madoff
Occupies Wall Street.[1]


1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Television 2.2 Theatre 2.3 Film

3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life and education[edit] Born Blanche Garfein in New York City, she is the daughter of actress Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker
and director Jack Garfein. Her father is a Czech Jew, who survived the Holocaust; and her mother converted to Judaism. She also has a younger brother, Herschel Garfein. She spent her early life in Italy, where her mother had established a film career after leaving Hollywood in the mid-1960s. Baker attended Wellesley College
Wellesley College
from 1974 to 1976,[2] and later studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and the American School in London.[3] Career[edit] Television[edit] Blanche Baker made her television debut playing the character Anna Weiss in the miniseries Holocaust. (Her father Jack Garfein
Jack Garfein
was a Holocaust survivor who had been imprisoned in Auschwitz. She won the Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series in 1978 for her performance. She has subsequently appeared in the TV movies Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (1979) as Mary, The Day the Bubble Burst (1982), The Awakening of Candra (1983) as Candra Torres, Embassy (1985), Nobody's Child (1986), and Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009). She also has appeared on many TV series. Theatre[edit] In 1980-81, she originated the lead role in Edward Albee's stage adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita. During out-of-town tryouts and in New York, the play was picketed by feminists, including Women Against Pornography, who were outraged by the theme of pedophilia.[4] The troubled production opened on Broadway on March 19, 1981, after 31 previews and closed after only 12 performances.[5] Frank Rich
Frank Rich
of the New York Times
New York Times
gave the play a bad review, terming it "the kind of embarrassment that audiences do not quickly forget or forgive." Baker was mentioned by Rich in only one line. "In the title role, here a minor figure, the 24-year-old Miss Baker does a clever job of impersonating the downy nymphet; she deserves a more substantial stage vehicle soon."[6] People Magazine
People Magazine
called Albee's Lolita "Broadway's Bomb of the Year" in an April 16, 1981, story.[7] Baker was the real subject of the article, and People writer Mark Donovan said "the critics were almost unanimous on one point: Blanche Baker was an ingenue whose time had come," citing reviews of critics that had called her "breathtaking" and "beguiling." Baker originated the role of Shelby in the first production of Steel Magnolias Off-Broadway in 1987.[8] Film[edit] Baker made her movie debut in The Seduction of Joe Tynan
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
(1979). Other film appearances include Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles
(1984), Cold Feet (1984) and Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009). Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1979 French Postcards Laura

1979 Seduction of Joe Tynan, TheThe Seduction of Joe Tynan Janet

1982 The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Juliet

1983 Cold Feet Leslie Christo

1984 Sixteen Candles Ginny

1986 Raw Deal Amy Kaminski

1988 Shakedown Gail Feinberger

1988 Bum Rap Lisa DuSoir

1990 Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's Tale Ofglen

1991 Livin' Large Kate Penndragin

1994 Dead Funny Barbara

2006 Underdogs Marie

2006 Rehearsal, TheThe Rehearsal Marie

2007 Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next Door Ruth Chandler

2008 3rd of July Mrs. Shaw

2008 Jersey Justice Polly O'Bannon

2012 Hypothermia Hellen Pelletier

2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Sister Filomena TV Movie


Year Title Role Notes

1979 Holocaust Anna Weiss Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

1979 Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith Mary

1981 Awakening of Candra, TheThe Awakening of Candra Candra Torres

1982 Day the Bubble Burst, TheThe Day the Bubble Burst Joan Slezsak

1985 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Allison Webster Episode: "Desperately"

1985 Embassy Megan Hillyer

1986 Nobody's Child Shari

1987 Spenser: For Hire Carolyn Tomlinson Episode: "Personal Demons"

1991 Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'Neill

Episode: "Domestic Silence"

1991 Davis Rules

Episode: "Everybody Comes to Nick's"

1992 In the Heat of the Night Jenny Sawyer Episode: "Love, Honor & Obey"

1992 Law & Order Lucy Neven Episode: "Star Struck"

1994 Clarissa Explains It All Chelsea Chipley Episode: "Janet and Clarissa, Inc."

2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Miriam Engles Episode: "Diamond Dogs"

2009 Taking Chance Chris Phelps

2013 The Chris Gethard Show Herself Episode: "#119: Scare the Shit Out of Bethany"


^ http://www.vaniel.com/ruth-madoff/ ^ Lynch, Jason. "Her Bronze Mettle: Following Her Turn in Sixteen Candles, Blanche Baker Sculpted a Life Beyond Hollywood". People Magazine. March 4, 2002. Retrieved 6 May 2015. "Baker returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Wellesley College
Wellesley College
in 1974 but got the acting bug and dropped out two years later to study both art and acting in New York City." ^ "'Mary and Joseph' Filming". The Kentucky New Era. July 24, 1979. Retrieved 6 May 2015. ^ Devries, Hillary. "Protesters to picket 'Lolita'". Christian Science Monitor. Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 December 2011.  ^ "Lolita". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 29 December 2011.  ^ Rich, Frank. "STAGE: ALBEE'S ADAPTATION OF 'LOLITA' OPENS". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2011.  ^ Donovan, Mark. "Lolita, Broadway's Bomb of the Year, Detonates Edward Albee, Bemuses Donald Sutherland and Illuminates a Lovely Survivor, Blanche Baker". Time-Life. Retrieved 29 December 2011.  ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/27/theater/stage-steel-magnolias-a-louisiana-story.html

External links[edit]

Blanche Baker on IMDb Blanche Baker at AllMovie

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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Esther Rolle
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Mare Winningham
(1980) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1981) Penny Fuller
Penny Fuller
(1982) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1983) Roxana Zal (1984) Kim Stanley
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(1985) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1986) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1987) Jane Seymour (1988) Colleen Dewhurst
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(1989) Eva Marie Saint
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(1990) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1991) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1992) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1993) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1994) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
/ Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
(1996) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1997) Mare Winningham
Mare Winningham
(1998) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
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(2003) Mary-Louise Parker
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Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2009) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2010) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2011) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2012) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2013) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
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Regina King
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Regina King
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Laura Dern

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