(born December 20, 1956) is an American actress and
filmmaker. She won an
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
Occupies Wall Street.
1 Early life and education
5 External links
Early life and education
Born Blanche Garfein in New York City, she is the daughter of actress
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 from 1974
to 1976, and later studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio,
the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and the American School in
Blanche Baker made her television debut playing the character Anna
Weiss in the miniseries Holocaust. (Her father
Jack Garfein was a
Holocaust survivor who had been imprisoned in Auschwitz. She won the
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 (2009). She also has appeared on many
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
The troubled production opened on Broadway on March 19, 1981, after 31
previews and closed after only 12 performances.
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
People Magazine called Albee's Lolita "Broadway's Bomb of the Year" in
an April 16, 1981, story. 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"
Baker originated the role of Shelby in the first production of Steel
Magnolias Off-Broadway in 1987.
Baker made her movie debut in
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979). Other
film appearances include
Sixteen Candles (1984), Cold Feet (1984) and
Taking Chance (2009).
Seduction of Joe Tynan, TheThe Seduction of Joe Tynan
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's Tale
Rehearsal, TheThe Rehearsal
Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next Door
3rd of July
Wishin' and Hopin'
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie
Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith
Awakening of Candra, TheThe Awakening of Candra
Day the Bubble Burst, TheThe Day the Bubble Burst
Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer
Spenser: For Hire
Episode: "Personal Demons"
Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'Neill
Episode: "Domestic Silence"
Episode: "Everybody Comes to Nick's"
In the Heat of the Night
Episode: "Love, Honor & Obey"
Law & Order
Episode: "Star Struck"
Clarissa Explains It All
Episode: "Janet and Clarissa, Inc."
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Episode: "Diamond Dogs"
The Chris Gethard Show
Episode: "#119: Scare the Shit Out of Bethany"
^ Lynch, Jason. "Her Bronze Mettle: Following Her Turn in Sixteen
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 in 1974 but got the acting bug
and dropped out two years later to study both art and acting in New
^ "'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
^ 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.
Blanche Baker on IMDb
Blanche Baker at AllMovie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited
Series or Movie
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